Harry’s 65th at Doncaster

It had taken a lot of planning to get this trip organised, nephew Paul was determined to get most of the family to Doncaster races on Saturday 23rd for his dad’s 65th birthday treat. But Harry wasn’t to know that we were all coming. A clandestine gathering of the clan. Initially I didn’t want to go, I’m not a fan …

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Battle of the Brewers

Date: Friday 1st March Venue: New Inn, Leven, East Yorkshire In the Green Corner: Great Newsome Brewery In the Blue Corner: Brass Castle Brewery Meet the brewer nights in pubs are nothing new, in fact they’re getting quite popular, but this was the first time I’d come across an evening with two breweries, challenging for the right have their most …

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CAMRA Pub of the Year Trip 2013

As active CAMRA members (CAMpaign for Real Ale) Jill and I sometimes enjoy trips out with the local branch. Here is an account of the Pub of the Year trip we went on in March 2013. Is it really a whole year since we last did this? A cold Sunday morning, Jill, me and Phil Birtles waited at Cross Keys …

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Cropton Beer Festival 2012

This was our second visit to the Cropton beer festival, the first one was entirely by accident. We had stayed at the New Inn on one occasion previously, and had decided to go back and spend a few days in the area to chill out and spend a while doing nothing much. We booked a short November break in a …

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Ludlow Spring Festival 2012

We saw an advert in our copy of What’s Brewing for a food and beer festival at Ludlow Castle in Shropshire; this combined several of my favourite things and the temptation was too great to resist. It turned out to be a brilliant weekend. As a CAMRA member I obviously love beer, but I also love my food, and have …

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Bruges 2008

A festive trip to Belgium to visit the Christmas market. We couldn’t have picked a colder weekend for this trip, so wet and freezing that Jill had to resort to buying a silly hat from one of the market stalls just to keep warm. The market itself was a big disappointment, a few tacky stalls selling junk surrounding a small …

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