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A Summery Summary...

Yes - with the last (Pontus Fractus...) post I’m bang up to date again...so like Hector one of our Leonbergers, I can relax...


...although to be honest Pontus Fractus was April 2019...So what I have been doing for the rest of the summer? You might ask (or you might not)...

Well - not visiting many pubs sadly - but nevertheless I did get out of the hermitage now and then to do a bit of carousing* (like you do...)


In a vain attempt to retain (or recover) any pub blogging kudos I had, here’s a quick summary...


First up, the Vibrant Forest had its final bash at its Lymington brewery before moving to new premises.  It was well attended, in fact they were bussing them in...


...and the sun shone and the excellent beer flowed (as always)...


April also saw the publication of my first book....courtesy of my son Andy...


...needless to say it’s not on the Sunday Times Best Seller list - but it is an epic...

After that I had a break with a beer in the greenhouse (no not a pub - the greenhouse in m…
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Pontus Fractus and all that...

Another visit to distant West Yorkshire...back to Pontefract in fact...


...not to tick the latest entry in the 2019 Good Beer Guide, but rather for a visit to my son, Andy and his fiancé Leah.

On Saturday the three of us had a wander around Pontefract in search of a good beer or two.

We had a look round the remains of what was reputedly England’s most fearsome castle.  Still a large and quite impressive ruin on a steep hill overlooking the town and miles of surrounding countryside.



...and what better after all that castle history stuff than to partake in a little Weatherspoons history at their town centre pub, The Broken Bridge.


Though the premises looks like it has all the history of a disused Poundland store, Weatherspoons have established that there was once an old historic house on the site.  They have also established that the name Pontefract comes from Pontus Fractus which is Latin for 'our bridge is broken' (or something like that).  Another triumph for Spoons' hist…

Give It Some Welly...

...which is hardly what I've been doing these last few weeks as far as my pub blogging is concerned...

...but never mind, all good things come to those who wait (well here's another blog post anyway....)

This intriguing Greene King poster caught my eye, though I have to admit it might not have been during this latest pub visit (it could have been the last pub visited? See 'factory reset' issue below).  I tried to find out a little bit more about the Black Baron and Greene King's website suggested that I click on their Seasonal Ale Calendar to find out more.  When I did I got a white page with a bit of computer programming text that said 'Access Denied' - so I'm none the wiser...


This visit was to the Wellington Arms, 56 Park Road, Southampton.  Whatpub says that it's a Star (Heineken) owned pub and dates from the 1860s.  Though it's earlier name of The Swan has changed, the pub certainly retains its traditional residential street corner location…

All In All It’s Just A...

Sitting in the hermitage, with shafts of early morning sunlight shining through the trees..

...and illuminating the steam gently rising from the compost bin, I suddenly realised that I hadn’t done a GHGTTP2 blog post for a while...

So back to Southampton town centre for a quick one at a pub near the revamped cultural and educational quarter by the civic centre.

The Scholars Arms is housed in what appears to be an old department store style building...

...and is owned by the country’s leading pub retailer and brewer (their words, not mine), Greene King.  Unfortunately they’re not leading the TripAdvisor rankings with this pub, but I suppose being ranked 249, out of 985 pubs in Southampton could be a lot worse.
Inside the pub is a large single space with a raised area on the left and large bar on the right.  It is a generic eating pub, like Brewers Fare, and all the rest (too numerous to mention)...

At the bar, as you might expect, there’s a fine selection of beers from the country’s le…