23 new pubs visited was a pleasing result in the end, especially as 8 of those were done in the final few days. I also managed 4 pre-emptives, all of which I'd rate as very high potential to appear in a future edition of the Good Beer Guide.
The month was frustrating as predicted, with factors like 'shut pubs', 'cat-sitting', 'rubbish Hull City' and 'recurrence of December ankle injury' all conspiring to hinder my progress.
The quality of the pubs visited however was the best so far, here are the three that I'm putting through for 'pub of the year' contenders:
1. Bell, Aldworth
2, Spotted Dog, Digbeth
3. Duke of Wellington, Danby
Others like the Cock Inn at Birdwell, the Blacksmiths at Lastingham, the Old Moseley Arms at Balsall Heath and the Crown and Anchor at Barugh Green were very close to getting the final nod.
I am predicting that April will eclipse my 'pubs visited record', mainly due to my 4 day Berkshire Beezer mid month where I'm focussing mainly on the rural ones of West Berkshire. I still can't decide a definite agenda but it'll be pub fuelled fun whatever, and I can't wait.
By the time you read this, I'll have done some more North Yorkshire rural pubs to kick off the month , whilst Tuesday sees us celebrate BRAPA's second birthday with a trip to that wonderful ale town of Derby. Surely at least four new pubs on the agenda there.
Next Saturday is "dead-ticking" as I go to watch Hull City at Huddersfield, a wonderful pub town but sadly I've done all the ones in the GBG so hoping to stick to 1 or 2 of my favourites.
The week after is Berkshire, and I don't have any time to recover before I get a rural South Yorkshire tick in after playing golf, and then a punk festival in Manchester gives me a chance to get some of the remaining Manchester/Salford pubs that I need, as long as my sister doesn't try and be a BRAPA Crapper.
My liver will be silently sobbing by the month end trip to Bolton, which again is too good an opportunity not to get some ticks in the town, as I normally go to Horwich for that game.
South Yorkshire midweek coverage might be a bit spotty, but I'd love to crack the Donny Marketplace conundrum once and for all, possibly combined with highly rated Tickhill.
Just to remind you all, say NO to Motion 10 (a proposal to no longer have a 4,500 pub limit in the Good Beer Guide from 2018 onwards) or else they may as well rename it the 'Average Beer Directory' and I think ABD doesn't sound as good as GBG! (not to mention my task becoming impossible).
Keep on pubbin', keep on hidin'.
|Bertie reacts with disbelief to Motion 10 announcement|