|White Hart, Shifnal. An amazing pub, my 4th fave of the month!|
|Harp in Little Neston, a gem. 5th best pub of the month.|
The Flixton Conservative Club, the Fox and Hounds in Barnston, the afore mentioned White Hart at Shifnal and the Firs Club at Codsall were also great, but I'm going for three which left me a smile of bewilderment on my face:
1. Queen's Arms, Winsford
2. Cask & Pottle, Tutbury
3. Dee View Inn, Hewsall
|Queens Arms, Winsford. A 'Spoons so pure, it was strangely wonderful|
Yes, that is right. I've chosen a crazy Wetherspoons. I've chosen a micropub where I was the only customer. And I've chosen a pub full of rough 'live sports fans' where four out of six handpumps were turned around.
Well, there's no accounting for taste! But I'm just being honest.
I'm glad to say I'm struggling to find three pubs I really disliked. Again, I'll have to go on my own personal experience rather than pubs I thought were rubbish:
1. John Gilbert, Worsley
2. No 4, Winsford
Jt 3. Last Heretic, Burton on Trent / Heaton Hops, Heaton Chapel.
|Heaton Hops, Heaton Chapel. A victim of circumstance?|
But the real lowlight of the month were unexpected pub closures. Little Downham and Davenham especially need to feel jolly well silly. Knutsford escapes my wrath (well the pub, not the place) as I should have realised it was closed down.
May is a notoriously tricky month of pub ticking for me, and the BRAPA average of 23 is the lowest of any month.
I can only think that distractions / complications like Birthdays and 'End of Football Season' have scuppered me in the past. In a reet killer stat, there are 9 days in May which I've NEVER ticked a pub on. Shameful. And shameful I have researched that as well but when owls are keeping you awake at 1am in rural Herefordshire, what else can you do?
|The kind of photo which summed up pub ticking last May|
So that gets the month off to a great start. I'll be back for Part 2 of Cambs with the wonderful Martin Taylor, who again is helping me get somewhere particularly rural! Clue - oink, oink.
The last two Saturday's of the month are focused on me trying to finish Cheshire. Davenham owes me a pint (in my mind). Three other pubs too, one of which I've been warned could be closed by the time I get there due to a change of ownership. Watch this space!
And on Friday nights, I'll be looking to get back to Greater Manchester on a regular basis, concentrating on pubs east and south of the city. So lock up your twogs and twilds.
I'll be looking for 31 pubs but if I'm dropping short, I won't force myself to hit the target because the first half of June is going to be EPIC in a way that would have Dylan Thomas blushing as I have my summer holidays 4th -16th June but more on that next month.
Happy pubbing friends,