|Colin having fun in Knebworth with John
48 pubs for the month. An April record. It felt more like a 30 pub month in truth.
The fact that 22 were done in the first 5 days and 17 in the final 7 days helped me rise above mediocrity.
Manchester Punk Festival, a bad dose of Tonsillitis which, in football twitter parlance, was living rent free in my head (well, mouth), caused a for a bit of a mid-month wobble, but I'm glad to report I'm back to full form for a hopefully productive May.
|Flying the flag for National Bass Day at Manchester Punk Festival
|Making my debut in Manchester's Unicorn. Though the general consensus seemed to be I shouldn't have bothered!
The Unicorn was probably the least pre-emptive of the six pre-emptives I managed, three I'm very hopefully will make the 2023 GBG.
The standard of pubs and beer was quite poor this month, the worst yet in '22. April is always a tricky one for some reason.
Berkshire was a cracking four day jaunt but a bit inconsistent at times, North Kent was down right dire (I'm assuming not everywhere in Kent is like Gillingham? Please tell me Ramsgate and Dover aren't just 'Gillingham-by-the-Sea'), Hertfordshire continues to be a magnolia airbrushed Essex, whilst my recent Greater Manchester experiences have been chock full of micros and brewery taps selling wonderful beer with a smattering of Holt's only or Royal British Legions for the purist.
Gosh, I'm being a miserable humbug this evening aren't I?
Let's over compensate by inducting a record SIX pubs into BRAPA's year end awards for when we reach December. Done in order visited:
|Park House, Reading
|Flower Pot, Aston
|Prince of Ales, Rainham
|Thirsty Fish, Bury
|Green Man, Sandridge
|Cart & Horses, Astley
Massive thank you to Sir Quinno and Tim Thomas for being such fabulous hosts on my mini Berkshire break, had great days with both. And thanks to John Depeche Modem for keeping me sane (well, the John equivalent of sane) on my most recent Hertfordshire trip.
|The one on the right was sunnyside up, down and all around!