Category Archives: Real Ale

So much of my life revolves around this, its bound to be a useful category.

Cardiff, Cornwall and Scilly Isles – a beer summary.

Our first beer in Cardiff was Brains SA Gold in a delightful bar probably called the Cottage, on a central pedestrian street.  But it was the Tiny Rebel bar just a short walk away that drew us twice.  Very fruity … Continue reading

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Spring Equinox Beer Festival

I know its not the equinox yet, but the Campaign for Real Ale branch covering Horsham has a different view.  Or perhaps they couldn’t book the hall next month.  So on Saturday 26th February I joined old school-friend Graham and … Continue reading

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Walk to Keymer for lunch and nearby art

Sunday saw me on a bus at 9.40am heading for Patcham and a 4 mile walk over the Downs for lunch.  Walked away from hundreds of children playing football at Patcham Recreation Ground at 10am climbing the slippery track between … Continue reading

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Dinner and Jazz – birthday 2017

We left the house in windblown wet snow to wait for a bus downtown, but it got better.  Early dinner at Bom-Banes in George Street.  I had a headless bird, sounds better as oiseau sans tete – a parcel of pigeon, … Continue reading

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From Halva to London Pride

There was halva in the kitchen.  Wanting to stay within my carbohydrate counted diet I read the contents.  Far too many carbs for more than a crumb, but I noticed ‘extract of Saponaria officinalis’ – whatever can that be? Soapwort is … Continue reading

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Some beers, conversation and a coincidence.

In the Watchmakers near Hove Station on the 28th December sampling a few halves. Hurst Brewery’s Old Acquaintance, a 6.5% old ale matured for 12 months in red wine barrels.  Distinctive but not necessarily delightful.  The Franklin’s Grumpy Guvnor, a … Continue reading

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Grand Tour – part two.

Having found ourselves on the southern edge of Ashford in Kent, on a road not shown on my map, we had to park and regroup.  Just east of Ashford we found a sideroad for Hinxhill that took us to the … Continue reading

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