After the record-breaking liver-busting festival that was April, there was always going to have to be a come-down. May was the month where we took to the green tea and bran flakes and declared ourselves "lucky to be alive". Having said that, there was still time to squeeze in 21 new pubs which is an acceptable figure and still well above the monthly minimum of 15.
The quality of pubbing was very good (though a few places tested my patience), and the Berks/Bucks day on 14th May was a highlight. Hull City's unexpected day at Wembley inadvertently helped Buckinghamshire to become the surprise county of the month. Here are my three absolute favourites:
1. Blackwood Arms, Littleworth Common
2. Beehive, Harthill
3. Green Man, Denham
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I'm expecting bigger things of June with a crazy first half of almost April Berkshire proportions.
Firstly, it is year three of the "heavy woollen adventure" in Mossley and Greenfield (light cotton?) but with about six work people in tow (and one excitedly using the hashtag #ladsdayout), I've had to remind them of their BRAPA responsibilities and I'm not expecting my blog review to be at it's most detailed and coherent, apologies in advance!
I then head to the West of Scotland for a BRAPA holiday where it looks like my Wetherspoons vouchers will get a good seeing to, but hopefully there'll be some classic old pubs mixed in.
A few days after that, I am back in Berkshire and we are heading to the east of the county again with Datchet and Eton the key locations.
A week off after that for the inevitable summer beer festival frolics (Poppleton), before ending the month in Greater Manchester as we continue the letter "A" and try and decide which (if any) Premier League away games look enticing for the 2016/17 campaign.
There will be Tuesday evening South Yorkshire action too on 14th, 21st and 28th as we look to get Hazlehead done before we start on what remains of Sheffield (spit!) but this crafty beery city will see me well into July aswell.
I'll be disappointed with anything under 30 new pubs, may even push towards 40 but I won't break the April record.
Now, where am I on the NHS waiting list for a new liver?
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