On a Quixotic quest to find out if Fuller's ESB had been marmalised by the recent-ish takeover of Fuller's brewery by Asahi Europe Ltd. who are a wholly owned subsidiary of Asahi Group Holdings who are a Japanese mega-corporation, I had travelled into London to a pub, The Dove in Hammersmith, that when visited back … Continue reading The quest for good ESB. Part 2.
Real Ale, it's an emotive subject, for some people. I'm fond of a beer or two as anyone who regularly reads this blog will probably have discerned. One of my favourite beers is Fuller's Extra Special Bitter or ESB. Fuller's themselves describe it thus: Twice named World Champion Beer, Fuller’s ESB is one of the … Continue reading The quest for good ESB. Part 1.
As much as I like pubs and ‘pub culture’, if that’s not an oxymoron, I will not be queueing up for a two hour slot to sit at a table and drink alcohol in a pub just because I can. Alcohol has been freely available from the start so all those people professing to be … Continue reading Staying at home 6: 4th July, Indepubdance Day
There are some beautiful cities in Poland; Kraków, Wrocław, Poznań, Gdańsk to name but four, and sure, like any big conurbations these places have their dark sides and ugly places, faded glories, tumbledown buildings, concrete stairwells that smell of urine but they also have beautiful buildings, public squares and green spaces. Łódź, a large city … Continue reading Łódź
The Rising Sun, better known as The Riser, is a small canal-side public house in the town of Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, it occupies pride of place alongside lock 55 on the Grand Union Canal and also has the distinction of being the first pub in which I bought a drink, well, the first pub in … Continue reading Early Riser.
I. Ale Piwa. I am a card carrying member of CAMRA, The Campaign for Real Ale and as such I like a decent drop of ale, I can’t deny it, a fact borne out by my burgeoning beer-belly. I like real ale served from a hand-pump but this is noticeably hard to come by in … Continue reading Beer and Toilets.
Prostitution is legal in Poland, strictly on a one-to-one basis. Running a brothel or pimping is very much against the law but if I wanted to offer my body for money, well, it’s money for old rope. Did I tell you? Back in 2014 I was propositioned by a prostitute! It was quite funny though, … Continue reading I have a proposition for you.
Walk down any high street in any British town and you are constantly dodging other people, weaving in and out and trying not to bump into people. We are used to it, it’s what we do. Transpose the scene to Poland and people, not all I grant you, but most seem to instinctively walk on … Continue reading Hidden Gems