Evening all! A grand total of 32 new pubs were visited in Feb. making for a really productive month, more than doubling my regular monthly target of 15. It is also just one pub off being the best BRAPA month ever (I did 33 twice, but both were in summer so it's a new winter record at least).
I also visited 3 other new pubs, one was pre-emptive, one post-emptive(!) and one a (quite rubbish) heritage pub but you never know, all three may well be in the GBG sometime before 2042 when I'm due to finish my challenge.
The standard of pub was noticeably better than in January so picking three to go into my reckoning for 'pub of the year' was very difficult but here they are in no particular order:
1. Major Tom's Social, Harrogate
2. Dun Cow, Sunderland
3. Brewery Tap, Ipswich
Plenty more were really good too, the Rifle Volunteer in Burnley, the Hare & Hounds in Hindley, the Eagle and Child in Auckley, the Nag's Head in Sunningdale and the Spotted Cow in Malton, and that's only 5 of them.
A bit of time off work for brilliant trips to Sunderland and Ipswich helped get the numbers up. Even the boilerman couldn't stop me. It was nice to start my South Yorkshire evenings and get Berkshire underway, and have a first NFFD (Non-football football day) trip to Greater Manchester.
Although March is generally seen as the start of spring, and lighter and milder weather, I'm not expecting to manage quite so many new pubs as in Feb. Only one day off work you see!
I should be able to crack on with the South Yorkshire midweek trail on (mainly) Tuesday nights throughout the month with villages around Barnsley and Doncaster high on the agenda.
On Saturdays, we start with a trip to some pubs just south of Birmingham centre, that should be a productive day and I'm looking forward to it. I love West Midlands pubs. We then have a second trip to Berkshire though April will see the really big "liver busting" trip to this county. The following Friday sees a trip to Middlesbrough, which will more be about pre-emptives and football than hardcore BRAPping. And the weekend after that is Easter, one of those annoying times for BRAPA what with people wanting to "do stuff" and silly bank holiday transport fouling things up, but I have two mellow North Yorkshirey ideas sketched in.
So I'm looking at 22 maximum number of pub ticks, which isn't amazing, but April is going to be huge so am happy to take the (relative) 'hit'. I did 18 last March so if I can manage 19 I'll be happy.
See you all on Wednesday for my latest South Yorks write up plus my (exciting) survey results.
Carry on pubbing ya bastards! Si