He’s now started his own blog called retiredmartin, which details his generally pub-focused travels around the country. He describes it as “Retired NHS, on permanent walk (15 miles a day) around UK and the world to record the great bits. Focus on pubs and live music.” He also says that, each year, he aims to get to as many of the new entries in the Good Beer Guide as he can. You have to admire his commitment!
The blog provides an honest assessment of the beer quality in each pub he visits, and also conveys a “sense of place” about both the pubs and their location, something that is missing in many other blogs which concentrate on the beer to the exclusion of all else. I haven’t met him so far, but hopefully that can be sorted out, although maybe we should steer clear of politics. Anyway, put him in your blog list and enjoy...
His criteria for a visit to the North-West are very interesting:
- Travelodge for under £30
- Short train/metro into Manchester
- Access to new bit of UK to explore
- At least 1 new Beer Guide pub in walking distance
- Holts, Robinsons or Sam Smiths pub nearby
- Live music – any quality
- Hills of any size
- Good Chinese takeaway
- Likelihood southerners couldn’t place it on the map