Sunday, 4 February 2018

Manchester : Bradford, Clayton, Beswick, Ardwick plus one in City Centre 8th February 1993

It was my usual Trans peak bus from Nottingham to Manchester and then a walk out to Bradford and then doing pubs in Clayton, Beswick and Ardwick.
This was a Monday dinner and afternoon crawl,done at a time when you knew pubs would open on a Monday and more than likely open on or before 12 noon.

Bradford

1: The Mosley
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

My first pub was a very large corner pub with no other buildings around it,situated on the corner of Ashton New Road and Rowsley Street in a grim looking area of Bradford.
Once inside the pub was fairly basic with a few different rooms,i had a drink in the bar.
The pub was a Whitbread tied house and it still sported its old Chesters signage,there were two real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Chesters Bitter,which was a decent drink.

It was a short walk up Rowsley Street to get to my next pub.

2: Britannia Inn
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

A nice looking white painted pub that was situated in an industrial area.
Once inside the pub was fairly small with two rooms,i had a drink in the bar which was basic but comfortable enough.
The pub was a Lees tied house,there were two real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Lees Bitter which cost 99p for a pint,this was a very poor drink.
Manchester City opened their new lego ground close to where this pub used to be.

I walked back onto Ashton New Road and it was not long before i found my next pub to do.

3: The Crossroads
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

These are the sort of pubs i really like going in,a typical looking 70s built estate type pub that was situated on the corner of Ashton New Road and Grey Mare Lane.
Once inside there was a smart lounge and a decent bar,i had a drink in the bar which was very busy with a good mix of locals,the pub had Bass signage outside,but there was just keg Stones Bitter on the bar,this was drinkable.
I was well pleased to get this pub done.

I continued walking along Ashton New Road until i reached Clayton,where there were a few pubs to do.

Clayton

4: Derby Arms
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

Situated on a busy stretch of the Ashton New Road.
I liked the look of the Derby Arms from the outside, probably because it still had its Chesters signage still in place.
Once inside it was a typical two roomed local, i had a drink in the bar which was basic, but decent enough.
There were two real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Chesters Bitter, which was a very nice drink, it was £1.18 a pint.

My next pub was a very short walk and on the other side of the road.

5: Sir Humphrey Chetham
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

A smart looking pub from the outside situated on the busy Ashton New Road.
Once inside the pub was very smart and had been opened out into a single room which was carpeted, there was comfy bench seating and normal tables and chairs.
The pub was a Whitbread tied house, there were two real ales on the bar, i had a drink of Chesters Mild, which was a very nice drink.

6: The Victoria
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

Situated on Croft Street just off Ashton New Road.
The Victoria was a basic back street pub with no brewery signage outside.
Once inside i had a drink in a very basic bar room,there was one real ale on, which was Tetley Bitter which nice drink.

It was a short walk along Croft Street and onto Clayton Lane to get to my next pub.

7: Bridge Inn
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

A decent looking pub situated close to a canal and next to a chemical works.
Once inside the pub had two separate rooms, had a drink in the bar which was pretty basic.
There were two real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Chesters Mild which was a very nice drink.

I walked back up Clayton Lane and onto Ashton New Road and walked back the way i had come to pick up a pub while on my way to Beswick.

Bradford

8: Little Bradford
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
This looked a decent enough pub from the outside,it had a Tetley free house signage and also a Boddingtons sign.
Once inside the pub seemed very dowdy with worn carpets and seating.
There were two real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Tetley's Bitter, which was a decent drink,there was also Boddingtons Bitter.

It was a shortish walk along Ashton New Road and then down Mill Lane to get to the next pub.

Beswick

9: The Bradford
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A very large pub that was a Whitbread tied house.
Once inside the pub had a few different rooms,i had a drink in the bar, which was pretty basic.
There was one real ale on, which was Chesters Bitter, this was a decent drink.

I did a short walk from The Bradford onto the Beswick estate, which looked pretty grim, it was not long before i found a pub to do.

10: The Honeycomb
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

An estate pub on a grim estate, what more could i ask for.
The pub had John Smith's signage outside.
There was a smart lounge and a more basic bar room, i had a drink in the lounge because this room was more busy.
There were no real ales on the bar, i had a drink of keg John Smiths Bitter, which was fizzy.
I was well pleased doing this pub.

Another short walk through the estate and i found an even grimmer looking estate pub.

11: Clock Face
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
I liked the look of this pub so could not wait to get inside.
Once inside there was a lounge and a bar room, i had a drink in the bar room which some would think was a bit on the rough side.
The pub was a Whitbread tied house and there were two real ales on the bar, i had a drink of  Whitbread  Trophy Bitter, which was a decent drink, there was also Boddingtons Bitter.
another pub i was well pleased with.

I walked off the Beswick estate and onto Ashton Old Road.

12: Old House at Home
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
I had seen this pub loads of times when passing on train while on the Nottingham to Glasgow train which stopped at Manchester Victoria train station.
The pub was originally a Wilsons tied house, but by the time i got round to doing it Belhaven were running it.
Once inside the pub was quite small and basic, i had a drink in the bar which was pretty run down.
There was one real ale on, which was Tetley Bitter, this was a decent drink.

I carried on walking along Ashton Old Road heading towards Manchester City Centre, but i would stop off at Ardwick to pick up some more pubs.

Ardwick

13: Kings Head
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
  
Situated on Chancellor Lane and close to the train lines going into Piccadilly train station.
Once inside the pub was quite smart and bare boarded, there were three real ales on the bar, i had a drink of Wilsons Mild which was a really nice drink, the other real ales were John Smiths Bitter on hand pump and Theakstons Bitter.

The next pub was a short walk down Chancellor Lane and onto Higher Ardwick.

14: The Union
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
This looked decent enough from the outside and was set in a fairly quiet area of Ardwick.
Once inside the pub had a couple of decent rooms that were comfortable.
The pub was a Burtonwood tied house, so i was well pleased as i like Burtonwood beers, there were two real ales on the bar, i had a drink of Burtonwood Bitter £1.10 a pint, which was a very nice drink.
This was a very pleasant pub to have a drink in.

It was a short walk to get to Ardwick Green where there were two more pubs close together.

15: The Church
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A Wilsons tied house that was operating under the Chef & Brewer banner.
Once inside the pub had a single room that was very plush and also very busy with posh looking people who were dining.
There were three real ales on the bar, i had a drink of Wilsons Bitter £1.34 a pint, which was a decent drink, the other real ales were Websters Yorkshire Bitter and Courage Directors.
I was very surprised to find a posh upmarket pub like this in an inner city area.

16: The Park
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
Situated on Cotter Street and also close to Ardwick Green.
This looked like a decent well kept pub from the outside and it was also a Burtonwood tied house.
Once inside the pub had a couple of rooms, i had a drink in the bar which was a pleasant room to have a drink in.
There were two real ales on, i had a drink of Burtonwood Bitter which went down very well, the other real ale was Burtonwood Mild.

It was a short walk from Ardwick Green to get to my next pub which was at the side of the Apollo Theatre.

17: Aspley Cottage
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
Situated on Aspley Grove just off the busy A6
The pub looked quite nice from the outside.
Once inside there were two rooms, i went in the room to the left which was a complete dump and also freezing cold as there was no heating on.
The pub was a Wilsons tied house, there were no real ales on, i had a drink of keg Wilsons Bitter which was a pretty poor drink.
When i did this pub it was very sad, i do hope it has improved over the years.

I walked into Manchester city centre to do one last pub before getting my bus back to Nottingham.

Manchester City Centre

18: Lass O' Gowrie
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A decent looking pub situated on a side street.
Once inside the pub was quite smart and comfortable.
The pub was a Whitbread home brew pub when i did it, there were a few real ales on the bar, i had a drink of Lass Bitter which was brewed in the pub, this was a decent drink to end my pub crawl on.




 

 

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Falmouth Holiday Day Three Monday 14th August 2017

The weather forecast for Monday was not that good with heavy rain from dinnertime.
So we decided to go to Truro, our first trip away from Falmouth,we both went dressed for the rain,my wife had a blouse on and i had a T shirt.
The train was packed and we ended up having to buy our return ticket from Truro.
My wife took an instant dislike to Truro when there were no pubs near the station and a long walk down hill to the centre,once down the hill we clocked a couple of pubs that had not yet opened and there were plenty of shops,but the pubs did seem a bit thin on the ground.
We had a good wander round the town looking at the cathedral and as soon as it was 11am we found a pub that was open.

Truro

1: White Hart
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A nice looking pub with hanging baskets outside,which i like to see.
Once inside the bar faced in an L shaped room,there was comfy bench seating and normal tables and chairs,there were four real ales on,we had a pint and a half of St Austell Tribute, which went down well.
We both thought this was a decent pub to have a drink in.

It was a short walk to our next pub, which was just round the corner from the White Hart.

2: Old Ale House
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
We both thought the red paint on the outside made the pub look a bit gawdy
 Once inside there is a single room which runs to the rear,the bar is on the left side,the room was dimly lit and had a mix of seating types.
I think it is Skinners brewery tap, there was a good choice of Skinners real ales on the bar, we had a pint and a half of Skinners Cornish Knocker, which was a decent drink.
The pub was almost empty on our Monday dinner visit apart from a few beer buffs.
Not really our sort of pub.

Another short walk and we found our next pub.

3: Britannia Inn
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A nice looking pub which faces a busy road.
Once inside the pub has two separate rooms,but the room to the left was closed, so we went in the room to the right which was oblong shaped and carpeted,the seating was mainly normal tables and chairs.
There were two unclipped pumps on the bar, which left my only option being John Smiths Smooth Crap,i had a half of this which was a very poor drink,my wife had a slim line tonic, which no doubt tasted better.

We walked back towards the middle of Truro and the rain started,it was fairly light at first but then got heavier, we had to run to Primark to get out of the rain and get something to help keep us dry,i got a hoody and my wife got a cardy.
Luckily there was a Wetherspoons just along from Primark.

4: Try Dowr
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

The pub was rammed, the bar is on the front left side, we walked all the way to the rear and finally found two spare chairs and a table full of plates and empty glasses.
We had a pint and a half of Skinners Cornish Knocker, which was a decent drink, i could not be bothered to note any other real ales as the pub was far too busy.
We both thought this was a very poor Wetherspoons, one of the worst i have been in.

We dashed across the square to look in some shops before finding our next pub.

5: Market Inn
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
This pub looks quite nice from the outside.
Once inside there is a smallish oblong shaped room with the bar on the left side, the seating is normal tables and chairs.
There was one real ale on the bar which was London Pride, we had two halfs of, this was nothing special.
Nothing to shout about this pub.

We got really lost walking round Truro's shopping streets and we were getting wetter, we asked where pubs were but still had no luck in finding them, after what seemed an age we finally found a pub that we had passed while walking into Truro. 

6: William 1V
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A large and smart looking pub and a St Austell tied house, so i was well pleased.
Once inside the bar faces in a fairly large room which is part carpeted and bare boarded,there was a mix of seating types, we sat on comfy bench seating.
There were three St Austell beers on the bar, we had a pint and a half of St Austell Tribute, which was a decent drink.
Food was being served and looked decent, but it did not take over the pub.
We both quite liked this pub.

It was still raining hard but luckily our next pub to do was nearby, so we did not get too wet again.

7: Bunters Bar
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
This is a massive pub with entrances on different streets.
Once inside there is a large main room with other rooms off it, one room has four pool tables in it, the bar area is quite nice with normal tables and chairs.
There were four real ales on the bar, we had a pint and a half of St Austell Cornish Best, which was a nice drink.
Not really our type of pub.

It was another short walk to our next pub in the rain.

8: Wig & Pen
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A smart looking pub that is a St Austell tied house, which pleased me.
Once inside there is an L shaped room with the bar on the mid left side,it is part carpeted and bare boarded,the seating is normal tables and chairs.
There were three St Austell real ales on the bar, we had a pint and a half of St Austell Proper Job which went down very well.
We both quite liked this pub.

We decided to walk back to the train station and go back to Falmouth for a evening session and something to eat.

Falmouth

When we got off the train at Falmouth it was chucking it down, we walked quickly down the ramp to shelter under some trees, which did'nt work, my wife rang up for a taxi which turned up pretty quickly.
We got out outside The Steam Packet Wetherspoons and was straight in for a few drinks and a meal.
We took our time as it was still raining, when it had almost stopped we decided to get one more new pub done and then go in some we had already done before.

9: Mono
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
I looked crap from the outside, but it was even worse inside,the bar faced in an oblong shaped room which had uncomfortable high wood bench seating in bays and one table in the middle of the room, there is a DJ rig to the right.
There were no real ales on the bar, we had two halfs of keg Doom Bar.
The room was empty when we first came in but another couple came in doubling the numbers and we all probably wondered why we were in here.
The background music was decent enough.

No more new pubs to do but we did go in the Prince of Wales for a pint and a half of St Austell Proper Job, The Grapes for a pint and a half of Skinners Lushingtons and the Seaview Inn for the last hour and a few drinks of Butcombe Bitter.
We enjoyed our evening drink in Falmouth much more than the dinner and afternoon drink in Truro.
My wife had took a massive dislike to Truro.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Rochdale Crawl 20th March 1999

This was one of a few pub crawls i did round Rochdale,while trying and failing to do all pubs in the town.
I found it harder to do my pub crawls in Rochdale than i did in towns like Oldham and Middleton.
No buses were used while on my pub crawl just a train from Manchester after a Trans peak bus up from Nottingham.
The pub crawl i planned was to the South of the town centre heading down Oldham Road.
I did have an A4 list of pubs in the town from the A2C2 series,which helped a bit.

1: White Lion
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

My first pub on this crawl and situated on the corner of Oldham Road and Kingsway.
A stone built pub and a Tetley tied house,the pub was decent enough inside,but there were no real ales on the bar,the keg Tetley Bitter was a poor drink which was £1.25 a pint,i just had a half though.

2: Bay Horse
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A typical looking town pub situated on Oldham Road to the South of Rochdale town centre.
I was well pleased because it was a Samuel Smiths tied house,note the Samuel Smiths signage outside the pub.
The pub was comfortable inside,there were no real ales but this did not bother me because i like Samuel Smiths keg beers,i had a drink of keg Old Brewery Bitter which was £1.14 a pint,my half went down well.

3: The Plough
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A stone built pub that is very close to the Bay Horse.
The pub was a Websters tied house when i did it,the pub was decent enough inside.
There were no real ales on the bar,i had a drink of keg Websters Yorkshire Bitter,which was a pretty poor drink.

4: Lord Howard
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
I thought this was a decent looking pub that is situated on an estate off Oldham Road.
Once inside there was a large bar and lounge,the pub was a Bass tied house,but there were no real ales on the bar,i had a half of Bass Special,that was a pretty poor drink.
The pub seemed a bit sad inside as it was empty on my Saturday dinner visit.

5: Dog & Partridge
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A smart looking pub that was situated on Oldham Road well to the South of Rochdale town centre.
The pub was a Vaux tied house and quite smart and comfortable inside.
There were real ales on the bar,i had a half of Bramwell Bitter,which was a decent enough drink.

6: Royal Hotel
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A basic looking pub set in a terrace on Oldham Road,it was situated well to the South of Rochdale town centre.
The pub was a Thwaites tied house,so i was well pleased.
The pub was quite basic inside with a couple of rooms.
I had a half of Thwaites Bitter,which went down well,it was £1.40 a pint.

I walked further South and under the M62.

7: Yew Tree Inn
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A smart looking roadside pub which is set back from Oldham Road.
Once inside the pub was quite smart and comfortable.
A Samuel Smiths tied house,which pleased me,there were no real ales on the bar,i had a half of keg Samuel Smiths Old Brewery Bitter,which went down very well and was £1.22 a pint.

I had walked as far South as i wanted to so decided to walk back North towards Rochdale picking up pubs along the way.

8: Craven Heifer
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A smart looking pub situated off Oldham Road on Broad Lane.
Once inside the pub was decent enough and fairly busy on my Saturday dinner visit.
There were two real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Theakston Best which was £1.44 a pint.

I did a bit of a walk from the Craven Heifer going South and under the M62 again to get to my next pub,but there was another pub to do on the way back to Oldham Road.

9: The Fairview
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A smart pub set in Countryside on the border between Rochdale and Oldham.
Once inside the pub was smart and comfortable and also busy on my Saturday afternoon visit.
The pub was a Greenhalls tied house when i did it,i had a half of Boddingtons Bitter,which was decent enough.

I walked back North and under the M62 again.

10: Spring Inn
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A stone built pub that was quite nice inside,my first Lees tied house of the day,there were a few different Lees real ales on the bar,i had a half of Lees Bitter,which was a decent enough drink,a pint cost £1.32.


11: Dicken Green
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
An estate type pub but not on an estate,situated on Queensway.
This was my second Lees tied house of the day which had a smart lounge and a busy bar.
Lees Bitter and Mild on the bar,i had a half of Lees Bitter.

I walked back up Queensway to the junction with Oldham Road.

12: Bridge Inn
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A sturdy looking stone built pub situated on a back street between Oldham Road and Queensway.
A Samuel Smiths tied house,so i was well pleased,there were a few different rooms inside.
There were no real ales on the bar,i had a half of keg Samuel Smiths Old Brewery Bitter,which went down well.

A short walk from the Bridge Inn and up Well I The Lane and i was outside my next pub.

13: Horse & Jockey
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
Another Samuel Smiths tied house,which i was well pleased to do.
There were a couple of rooms inside and no real ales on the bar.
I had a half of keg Samuel Smiths Old Brewery Bitter,which went down well.

I carried on walking up Oldham Road getting closer to Rochdale town centre.

14: The Wellfield
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
Situated on Wellfield Street off Oldham Road
I thought this pub would be closed by the look of it as i walked towards it,but it was open.
A Lees tied house,so i was pleased,once inside there were a few small basic rooms.
There were two real ales on the bar,i had a half of Lees Bitter,which was a decent enough drink.
I was well pleased in doing this pub as it looked in such a state from the outside.

15: Prince Albert
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A town pub situated on Oldham Road.
The Prince Albert was a Robinsons tied house,which pleased me.
Once inside there were a couple of rooms which were basic but comfy enough.
There was two real ales on the bar,i had a half of Robinsons Bitter,which went down well,a pint cost £1.32.

16: Crawford Arms
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
Situated on Crawford Street off Oldham Road.
Another Lees tied house which pleased me,once inside the pub was smart and comfortable,there were two Lees real ales on the bar,i had a half of Lees Bitter which was a decent drink,a pint cost £1.26

17: Bonnie Dundee
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
Situated in a light industrial area off Oldham Road,i think on Fishwick Street,correct me if i am wrong.
The pub looked smart and well kept from the outside and it was a Vaux tied house.
Once inside there were a couple of rooms that were comfy,there were no real ales on the bar,i had half of keg Vaux Samson Bitter,which was not that good,a pint cost £1.50.

It was a short walk back to Rochdale train station for my train back to Manchester and then to Chorlton Street for the Trans Peak bus to Nottingham.
A good day out in Rochdale where i had already done quite a few pubs on different pub crawls in the past.


 

Sunday, 10 December 2017

2017 nearly a year of Pub Crawling

It was a slow start by my standards with no proper pub crawls planned for January.

14th January 2017

Castle Donington

A nice bar done in the middle of the village,one new pub done.

21st January 2017

Beeston

A new micro pub done,now up to two new pubs done in 2017.

28th January

Ilkeston,Langley Mill & Derby

I used a Trent Barton Zig Zag ticket to pick up two new Micro pubs and a keg pub in Derby. 3 new pubs done.

4th February 2017

Bristol,Clifton, Redland & City Centre

It was a walk up to the top end of Clifton and then doing pubs on my way back to Temple Meads station 23 new pubs done.
A good start to February in a city i really like.

18th February 2017

Nottingham City Centre

One new bar picked up in Nottingham.

25th February 2017

London, Holloway N19, Highbury N4, Lower Holloway N7

This was a pretty simple crawl,go to Highbury & Islington tube station and then walk up Holloway Road,i took photos of pubs on side streets and at the bottom end of Holloway Road,that i would do when it was dark.
I walked up to Archway and then back down taking detours off the main Holloway Road to do pubs on the back streets.
20 new pubs done.

18th March 2017

London, Beckenham, Shortlands, Clapham Junction

I had pre booked this Pub Crawl,but felt not that well when it came to doing it,as i do not like wasting money i went and did a shorter Pub Crawl than i normally do.
I decided to do some pubs well away from the middle of London and Beckenham fitted the bill with 12 pubs,though two did not open,i got a bus to Shortlands and one back and ended my pub crawl close to Clapham Junction train station where there were 4 pubs near each other.
14 new pubs done.

Mackworth Village & Derby City Centre 1st April 2017

I got a Trent Barton Zig Zag and went to Mackworth Village where there were two pubs but i had done one before,i did do both though.
I then did all pubs on the Mackworth estate mainly to take photos of the pubs which i had done many years ago.
I picked up one new bar in Derby City Centre.
2 new pubs done. 

Bristol, Redfield, Lawrence Hill & Barton Hill 8th April 2017

I did a walk out to Redfield and did all open pubs there and then walked back to Lawrence Hill and Barton Hill doing some back street pubs,i did get a bit lost walking back to Temple Meads train station.
23 new pubs done.

Bridgnorth 29th April 2017
Bridgnorth looking towards High Town

I have wanted to to to Bridgnorth to quite a while,but it is quite hard to get to from Nottingham on public transport.
My Brother treated me for my Birthday by driving me to Bridgnorth and walked round the pubs with me,but only having a few halfs.
It was a great day out in a great town that is very well pubbed.
21 new pubs done.

Guildford & Godalming 13th May 2017

This was my wife's Birthday treat for me a trip to Guildford.
I got into Guildford well before 10am and did a Wetherspoons there,with time to spare i decided to do a few pubs in Godalming,then go back to Guildford for my main pub crawl.
Really nice weather and two nice towns done,a great day out.
23 new pubs done.

Redditch, Alvechurch, Barnt Green, Birmingham Selly Oak & City Centre 26th May 2017

I decided to go to Redditch as no one else seems to have been to the pub away from the middle,when i do a town,i do the lot.
I found a few pubs that had closed down in Redditch,but i could get off the train on the way back to Birmingham to pick up more pubs.
21 new pubs done.

London St Pancras NW1, Kentish Town NW5, Tufnell Park N7, Upper Holloway N19, Dartmouth Park NW5, Gospel Oak NW3, Kentish Town NW1 2nd June 2017 

This was a Friday pub crawl,i travelled down on train from Nottingham to get an early start and got a National Express coach back from Victoria Coach Station.
I got an early drink close to St Pancras train station then went up to Kentish town and do a good walk round the area picking up any pubs or bars that were open.
I did a lot of walking but enjoyed it and the weather was very nice.
23 new pubs done.

Hucknall 3rd June 2017

I had a Saturday spare so went up to Hucknall to get a new micro pub done.
I did not know until i got there that our leader Jeremy Corbin was to do a speech shortly,the micro pub was full of Labour supporters and the square was filling up with lots of people.
I had to go out and wait for him to appear and he got out of a car quite close to me as i was stood away from the crowds.
1 new pub done.
Our Leader
 Hitchin & one in Grantham 17th June 2017

I managed to get a cheap day return from Grantham to Hitchin all i had to do was get a cheap day return on the day from Nottingham to Grantham and back.
It was an early start and i took a photo of Grantham's Wetherspoons before it opened,but i would do it on the way back to Nottingham, forward planning.
I was in Hitchin before 10am but it was a bit of a walk into the town centre.
A really nice town with a good stock of pubs.
Another great day out in very nice weather.
24 new pubs done.

St Albans 24th June 2017

I have always liked doing pubs in Hertfordshire because you can get McMullens tied houses done.
I got a train from Nottingham and then a Thameslink train from St Pancras to St Albans.
I had been to St Albans before when i had done a pub crawl years ago with the wife on a Nottingham Camra pub crawl.
I enjoyed the pub crawl,but did make a lot of mistakes,which is not like me when pub crawling.
21 new pubs done.

1st July 2017 Loughborough

I had done every pub in Loughborough years ago with my wife or my brother.
I decided to do a cheap pub crawl doing any new pubs and bars in the town and taking photos of pubs i did many years ago.
I did a heck a lot of walking to the North of the town and then to the South of the town doing some pubs i had already been in.
A good day out in really nice weather.
12 new pubs done.

Bristol City Centre, Hotwells & Clifton 15th July 2017

Another trip down to Bristol on train which gets me into Temple Meads train station well before 10am.
I am really starting to get my teeth into Bristol and getting to know my way round as i walk most pub crawls here like i did for this one.
It was a pretty simple crawl out to Hotwells doing any open pubs and doing some pubs uphill in Clifton,then a walk back to the City Centre to do a few pubs then on to Temple Meads train station.
I thought this was a really enjoyable pub crawl in a city that i really like.
23 new pubs done.

Ilkeston 22nd July 2017

A quick bus ride up to Ilson to get a new Micro pub done.
1 new pub done.

Kingswood, Bristol Two Mile Hill, St George, City Centre, Totterdown, Knowle & Brislington 29th July 2017

It was the usual early start and on the 7.26am train to Bristol from Derby.
This crawl would be a bit different as i would use a Bristol First bus for the first time,i got a day ticket for £4 and off up to Kingswood,it would be a walk from there back downhill and then a bus back to the city centre and a walk to Totterdown and a proper pub crawl round the area.
All went to plan i was well pleased and another pub crawl done in nice weather until the last hour when it rained heavy,so i got a bus to Temple Meads station and was one pub short of what i like to do,but well pleased as to how the pub crawl went.
22 new pubs done.

Falmouth Holiday 12th - 19th August 2017

This was our proper weeks holiday for many years after our children had left home,we had had weekends away and city breaks,but not a proper holiday.
I had never set foot in Cornwall before so i was quite excited in going to Falmouth.
It was a long journey from Nottingham and after missing a connection at Truro we finally got into Falmouth at about 3pm.

Day 1 Falmouth 12th August 2017

We had a drink in the Sea View where we were staying and then went out to look round Falmouth and do some pubs.
It was a nice day and we went in 10 new pubs.

Day 2 Falmouth 13th August 2017

We had a nice full English breakfast and ready to go out before 10am,we fell lucky as my wife spotted a Wetherspoons and we had an early drink.
More walking round Falmouth and doing more new pubs.
10 new pubs done.

Day 3 Truro & Falmouth 14th August 2017

The weather forecast was not that good for Monday with heavy rain predicted.
We had took no coats with us and went to Truro in a sports shirt and my wife in a blouse.
It started raining just after 12 when we came out of our third pub,it got heavier and heavier, Primark came to the rescue,no we did not buy coats as we dont do them when on holiday,i got a hoody and my wife a thin cardy.
My wife took a very big dislike to Truro and still hates the place now.
8 new pubs done in Truro and 1 new pub done in Falmouth.

Day 4 St Austell, Mevagissey, Fowey & Truro 15th August 2017

The weather was set fare for Tuesday and this would be one of our more complicated pub crawls.
Get a train to Truro and then onto St Austell, a bus to Mevagissey and then a ferry to Fowey, another bus back to St Austll where we would end our pub crawl.
Rule Number one: If in Cornwall do not rely on buses they never turn up.
We had a quick pint and a half in St Austell's Wetherspoons and then went to the bus station with plenty of time to get the bus to Mevagissey, it never turned up, 40 minutes waiting and we finally gave in and got a taxi to Mevagissey.
A really nice village with a good few pubs.
We were running a bit late due to Kernow buses not turning up, the ferry was on time and it was a really nice going across St Austell Bay.
Fowey was nice and we did all pubs we passed there.
We ended up in the Safe Harbour pub where the bus back to St Austell started from,there were lots of people waiting and some with children,the bus never turned up as a local who was waiting said it had turned round at the top of the hill, there were about 25 people waiting for it, *ing Kernow buses let us down again.
We went back into the Safe Harbour for another drink and had thoughts of sleeping rough as taxis were hard to book, my wife finally booked one which took us to Par train station and we just made it onto the Penzance train which would stop at Truro, we missed our connection to Falmouth as nothing seems to connect from Truro to anywhere.
My wife said we will walk uphill away from the middle of Truro as she hates the place, we finally found a pub and had a quick pint and a half and a better walk back downhill to the train station.
A very long day and we were pleased to get back to the Sea View.
14 new pubs done.

Day 5 St Mawes 16th August 2017

The weather forecast was for rain in the mid afternoon, we decided to do a short ferry trip to St Mawes which would take about half an hour, no problem as i like going on ferry's and have been on lots over the years.
Our first problem was that half of the ferry's had been cancelled due to heavy seas,no alarm bells ringing yet,we went in the Prince of Wales for a pint and a half while waiting for the next ferry.
It was a small tub with a bit of a shelter in the middle of the ferry,it started to get a bit choppy while still in Falmouth Harbour,once outside the harbour the waves started to roll in and the boat was going up and down and rolling quite bad,i was getting very worried as the waves were getting higher,people at the front of the ferry were getting soaked as waves were going over them.
Falmouth

Navy ship in Falmouth harbour
Falmouth in the distance,wish we were back there

There were three pubs in St Mawes to do and we were both pretty unhappy as the wind was getting stronger and the only other way to get out of St Mawes was an hourly shit Kernow bus to Truro, that my wife hates and then a train back to Falmouth or go back on the ferry.
When the ferry turned up everybody who got off was saying how bad it was and the captain of the ferry said it was very rough.
We got a seat in the small inside area where everybody was holding hands,as soon as we left St Mawes harbour the waves were very big and the ferry was soon rolling and then the engine cut out for a few seconds, which seemed like a lifetime.
We were so pleased to get back to Falmouth and on dry land.
We did a few pubs we had already been in and then went to Wetherspoons,the rain started and it was heavy,we decided to get a taxi back to the Sea View where we settled in for the night having a meal and joined in the quiz night,we really enjoyed the night having lots of drinks.
3 new pubs done.

Day 6 St Ives 17th August 2017
St Ives


It was the usual train from Falmouth to Truro which my wife hated the more we had to wait for a train there.
The connection from St Erth to St Ives was spot on unlike any trains at Truro.
St Ives was really nice and we did all open pubs we saw in the town.
12 new pubs done. 

Day 7 Penzanze, Mousehole, Newlyn & Falmouth 18th August 2017
Ship Inn Mousehole
 
Mousehole Harbour


We got a train from Falmouth to Truro and then wait an age for a train to Penzance,my wife was hating Truro more by the day.
This was a more complicated pub crawl as we had to use Kernow buses that never turn up,but they were three an hour to Moushole.
We had a drink in Penzance and then got the bus to Mousehole which was really nice,we then got a bus to Newlyn which looked nice from a bus,but the pubs were not so good.
After a bit of a wait we were on a bus to Penzance where did a few more pubs.
We did three more pubs in Falmouth and ended up in Wetherspoons for a late drink.
A great day out.
15 new pubs done.

Nottingham City Centre 26 August 2017

Two new bars done with the wife,both decent but no real ale in both.
2 new pubs done.

Darlington 9th September 2017

A new town for me and a direct train from Derby to Darlington,i was in the town just after 10am and found lots of early openers,i did a good walk out to do a Samuel Smiths tied house because i am trying to all of them,a shame the Glittering Star in the middle of Darlington had closed down.
23 new pubs done.

Bristol Bedminster and City Centre

Back down to my favourite city and pick up any pubs i had not done in Bedminster plus a few in the city centre,i walked out and back so no need for a bus.
Yet another great day out in Bristol.
23 new pubs done.

Bristol Fishponds, Eastville, Staple Hill & City Centre

I got an all day first bus ticket and on a bus to Fishponds,which had quite a few pubs to do.
I did a good walk round the area and did a few in Staple Hill,i ended up in a pub close to Bristol Temple Meads train station.
23 new pubs done.

Birmingham City Centre, Edgbaston & Harbourne 11th November 2017

I was not up to going too far from home, so i decided to go to Birmingham, was in the city just after 8am and walking round as i do not know the city that well,i found a Wetherspoons at 9am and was straight in for a drink.
I walked along Broad Street and did another Wetherspoons, then walked to Harbourne picking one pub up before 11am in Edgbaston.
I quite liked Harbourne and it had quite a few pubs.
I got a bus back towards the city centre where i had took photos of some back street pubs,i did a few but did not feel to well so finshed my pub crawl early.
19 new pubs done.

Nottingham City Centre 25th November 2017 

We had a good drink in Nottingham doing a few city centre pubs and picking one new bar up.
Not the best of times,but we were getting out.

Lincoln 9th December 2017

This was my wife's last minute idea to go to Lincoln Christmas market.
We had plenty of drinks and i hardly anything to eat,it was a great day out and we did do one new pub.
We ended up in a pub in the middle of Nottingham before getting the bus home.
1 new pub done.

I am not going to do best pubs done due to lack of time.

I am sure most who read my blog will know the worst.

Hand Bar Falmouth

421 new pubs done in 2017

Total pubs done 12654

Photo of pubs taken 10356 

No more pub crawls this year and into next year,hopefully with help from my wife i may do some later in 2018.