The world might be a scary, uncertain and depressing place at the moment (the cancellation of Neighbours obviously hits us all hard), but a productive month on the pub ticking front at least offered some solace.
I sit here with a cold compress to the head, cucumbers on my eyes (virtual ones, or I wouldn't be able to see the screen). I'm currently living on a diet of prunes, strong sweet tea and carrots with hummus dip, after an epic BRAPA holiday saw me complete the very difficult county of Hampshire. But that didn't happen until March so technically, I shouldn't be writing about it yet. Spoiler alert!
54 new pubs for the month of February, plus 2 pre-emptives moved my current GBG tally onto 2083, getting closer and closer to that magic 2250 figure which will signify 50% of the Guide, halfway to completion. I wonder which pub that will be and if it'll be thoroughly despicable?
Feb started outside Whitby Brewery Tap trying in vain to enjoy the sun and views of the Abbey .....
...and it ended in one of Southampton's more aesthetically pleasing pubs, the Fox & Hounds in Bitterne where the lovely landlady did the honours ......
Gains in Hertfordshire, North Yorkshire and Durham have put me within touching distance of finishing those counties too, but Herts won't happen til May and Durham not until at least April. A bit of a waiting game. I do feel though like I'm making genuine progress with the whole BRAPA quest, which I reckon goes back to the lack of 'churn' during the last cross-ticking.
Let's take a look at four favourite pubs of the month, the ones that left me smiling .....
|Bay Hotel, Robin Hood's Bay|
|Little Tap, Spennymoor|
|George Inn, Widley|
|Queen's Hotel, Gosport|
|Arch & Abbey, Whitby|
|Cherry Tree, Woodbridge|
|Wheelwright's Arms, Havant|
|Wheatsheaf Inn, Shedfield|
|Kelham Island Tavern, Sheffield|
|The Crow, Sheffield|
|Rutland Arms, Sheffield|
|Gate House, Doncaster|
So what have we got to look forward to in March?