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Delboy20
31-12-2018, 09:26
New "season" starts tomorrow!

Good luck to all with their targets / challenges.

I will aim for 200 new pubs again.

I have also upped my game doing more reviews lately - I'll se how close I can get to the 1000 club by the end of the year.

I am very close to 1000 photos so I will try to get close to 1500.

I think I have set my sights a little high but you never know!

Quinno
31-12-2018, 11:07
257 new pubs is the 2019 target, as that will get me over the 4k barrier. Should be do-able with a bit of decent planning (I suspect I'll be ticking off a lot of London Zone 1 for low-hanging fruit).

Trip to Chester already planned for Feb, so should get 20-25 over that weekend.

Spinko
31-12-2018, 16:56
257 new pubs is the 2019 target, as that will get me over the 4k barrier. Should be do-able with a bit of decent planning (I suspect I'll be ticking off a lot of London Zone 1 for low-hanging fruit).

Trip to Chester already planned for Feb, so should get 20-25 over that weekend.

Give us a shout when up north, although Chester is a bit far from Stockton!

PS the Birkenhead merseyrail should offer quite a few.

Quinno
31-12-2018, 17:20
Give us a shout when up north, although Chester is a bit far from Stockton!

PS the Birkenhead merseyrail should offer quite a few.

Chester itself (unexplored bar Brannigans - LOL - 15 years back) provides a lot of decent options. A half day down towards Wrexham will bag a recent National CAMRA POTY as well :)

Aqualung
31-12-2018, 18:52
A half day down towards Wrexham will bag a recent National CAMRA POTY as well :)

If that's the one by Ruabon Station then it's well worth an extended stay.

Aqualung
31-12-2018, 19:10
Just to record that I'm starting on 2083 visits.
I'm hoping to keep on top of new JDW outlets but a lot will depend on events in Ireland. It looks like a new one will open at Diss but I predict that the first one may be the one on Glasgow Central Station. I plan to get to the new Titanic outlet on Stoke Station and the new one at Trentham (don't ask, it's part of Stoke is all I know) which should open fairly soon.
I already have five stays away planned for the first quarter of 2019 but one is in Loughborough mainly to do a return trip on the Great Central line so there won't be many new pubs.

Pangolin
01-01-2019, 09:06
I shall set a 365 target again - one per day on average seems appropriate. I also intend to make the 3000 photos, which is 757.

Just to add some focus, I want to thin down my 'zero' counties, especially odd bits of Wales.

Isn't retirement great!!!!

Aqualung
01-01-2019, 09:22
Just to add some focus, I want to thin down my 'zero' counties, especially odd bits of Wales.


Someone told me that all bits of Wales are odd!

Bucking Fastard
01-01-2019, 10:15
The obvious target for 2019 is to reach 2,000 reviews which means 184 new pub visits.My 5 year average is 188 so this sounds achievable but no doubt a stretch as I do have a very bad habit of spending a whole evening in a great pub once I've discovered it.

I intend to navigate some obscure parts of the Birmingham Canal Navigations and go as far north as Liverpool so that will add to the total,as will the three PuG crawls during the year,especially with Portsmouth being virgin territory.The growth in the number of micro pubs is also helpful,especially in towns frequently visited on my voyages but which in the past have often only offered one decent real ale option.

Happy Hunting everybody !

Pangolin
01-01-2019, 11:42
I intend to navigate some obscure parts of the Birmingham Canal Navigations
Many years since I did all the BCN, and sadly considerably fewer pubs nowadays I fear but still some notable ones. On the plus side, access to and from the cut is much easier now. Have a good year!

ETA
01-01-2019, 12:07
The obvious target for 2019 is to reach 2000...

Very happy to meet up again and help you increase your score. I’ve just started in Beaminster...

AlanH
01-01-2019, 12:30
If that's the one by Ruabon Station then it's well worth an extended stay.

I decided on an extended stay and so far it has lasted 4 years! ;) :drinkup:

rpadam
01-01-2019, 12:35
I intend to navigate some obscure parts of the Birmingham Canal Navigations and go as far north as Liverpool so that will add to the total,as will the three PuG crawls during the year,especially with Portsmouth being virgin territory.The growth in the number of micro pubs is also helpful,especially in towns frequently visited on my voyages but which in the past have often only offered one decent real ale option.
Do let me know if you plan to navigate the Netherton Tunnel as I hesitate to tackle this walk without a friendly boat nearby!

Bucking Fastard
01-01-2019, 14:23
Do let me know if you plan to navigate the Netherton Tunnel as I hesitate to tackle this walk without a friendly boat nearby!

I will be going through both ways to get photo evidence of having navigated to Hawne Basin,the southern portal of Dudley Tunnel and on the Stourbridge Extension Canal ,most likely sometime between late April and early May.I've walked that tunnel towpath in the past,but prefer being on a boat these days.I'll keep you informed of my plans.:cheers:

Bucking Fastard
01-01-2019, 14:28
Very happy to meet up again and help you increase your score. I’ve just started in Beaminster...

If I'm down your way I'll let you know,although my visits to Dorset are less regular these days.

sheffield hatter
01-01-2019, 19:00
Give us a shout when up north, although Chester is a bit far from Stockton!

Some people think that Cheshire is in the Midlands. #geographygalore

Aqualung
01-01-2019, 20:28
Some people think that Cheshire is in the Midlands. #geographygalore

As far as I'm concerned Chester is in Wales as it was stolen by the English back in the year dot!!

rpadam
01-01-2019, 20:48
As far as I'm concerned Chester is in Wales as it was stolen by the English back in the year dot!!
We'll be back to the Twentieth Legion and the Cornovii next!

sheffield hatter
01-01-2019, 20:48
As far as I'm concerned Chester is in Wales as it was stolen by the English back in the year dot!!

#politicsgalore

Millay
02-01-2019, 20:17
I'm currently on 714 reviews, so will try to get that up to 1,200 by the year end.

I'm also setting myself a target of 500 new beers, as recorded on my Untappd App which I've been using since 2015.

And in somewhat of a juxtaposition, I'm also going to try to lose a stone in weight during the year.

Delboy20
02-01-2019, 20:57
I'm currently on 714 reviews, so will try to get that up to 1,200 by the year end.

I'm also setting myself a target of 500 new beers, as recorded on my Untappd App which I've been using since 2015.

And in somewhat of a juxtaposition, I'm also going to try to lose a stone in weight during the year.

You will be on a "liquid only" diet then ???

Spinko
03-01-2019, 16:56
Hoping to see a few this Saturday in Sunderland, Hartlepool and Seaton Carew. Dun Cow, Rat Race, Nine Anchors, and three Wethers...

Mobyduck
03-01-2019, 17:05
Expecting a very slow start.

Delboy20
03-01-2019, 18:17
Managed 1 on New Years day in Darlaston.

Hoping to pick up a few on Saturday.

Delboy20
06-01-2019, 18:11
Managed 1 on New Years day in Darlaston.

Hoping to pick up a few on Saturday.

Managed to get 4 in Wolverhampton so now onto 5.

Quinno
06-01-2019, 20:34
12 in Bristol yesterday, a flying start but as I am off to abroadland next week I needed to get a few in the bag if early if I am to get to 4k!

ROBCamra
19-01-2019, 15:02
Got off the mark last night with 7 in Droylsden and Fairfield.

A couple of days in York should add some more despite being well travelled ground, :cheers:

Delboy20
20-01-2019, 21:38
Managed to get 4 in Wolverhampton so now onto 5.

A great haul this weekend with 10 added. Now onto 15.

Mobyduck
21-01-2019, 06:17
Expecting a very slow start.

Still on 0 , not expecting anything until March. :( And no , I'm definitely not doing Dry January.

ROBCamra
24-01-2019, 18:43
Got off the mark last night with 7 in Droylsden and Fairfield.

A couple of days in York should add some more despite being well travelled ground, :cheers:

As predicted another 7 in York takes me up to 14. :cheers:

trainman
25-01-2019, 14:24
Still on 0 , not expecting anything until March. :( And no , I'm definitely not doing Dry January.
How you getting on Mick? Is that self-control while you build back to full speed in a structured manner, or have you lost your travelcard?
Either way, hope you are soon back on the block and in fighting fettle.

ETA
25-01-2019, 15:23
Still on 0 , not expecting anything until March. :(

I hope you're going to be match fit for the Portsmouth event.

Mobyduck
25-01-2019, 21:10
I hope you're going to be match fit for the Portsmouth event.

100%

Mobyduck
25-01-2019, 21:13
How you getting on Mick? Is that self-control while you build back to full speed in a structured manner, or have you lost your travelcard?
Either way, hope you are soon back on the block and in fighting fettle.

I'm fighting fit Jim, just taken a bit of a financial hit, so not so much self control, just a bit hamstrung, should be on an even keel by the end of Feb.

ROBCamra
27-01-2019, 18:10
As predicted another 7 in York takes me up to 14. :cheers:

Two more recently opened places in Manchester on Friday drifts me up to 16. :cheers:

Delboy20
27-01-2019, 18:23
A great haul this weekend with 10 added. Now onto 15.

Added 6 around Hall Green and Shirley so now up to 21.

Mobyduck
27-01-2019, 22:00
Still on 0 , not expecting anything until March. :(

I lied, on a spontaneous trip to Southampton Yesterday I picked up a couple of new ones, so now on 2.:)

Aqualung
30-01-2019, 21:11
Just a pathetic 13 reviews added for January, due in part to knee problems and the dank dark days. Hopefully next month will show an improvement. I haven't even been to the Great Western yet this year!

Pangolin
30-01-2019, 23:59
By complete luck, and following an unexpected bash round London yesterday, I discover I have done 31 in January, which is exactly on target for my one-a-day average.

ETA
01-02-2019, 09:25
Off to a flying start with 22 new pubs and 2 old favourites. Now waiting for this year's Somerset Ale trail to be published to see whether there are any new ones on it.

Quinno
01-02-2019, 18:49
14 for January, a traditionally quiet month.

Was hoping to get February off to a roaring start with a trip to Eastleigh today. Snow put paid to that.

ROBCamra
04-02-2019, 13:15
Two more recently opened places in Manchester on Friday drifts me up to 16. :cheers:

Only 1 more new pub on our night in Huddersfield. Crawls up to 17. :cheers:

Komakino
04-02-2019, 13:33
Managed 35 for January, including Hertford finally ticked off (it was on last year's hitlist, but ran out of time).

I think Jan will be an exception as I've recently met a new girlfriend, so need to invest some time into seeing how that goes...!

Mobyduck
04-02-2019, 15:08
I think Jan will be an exception as I've recently met a new girlfriend, so need to invest some time into seeing how that goes...!

Hope she likes pubs ! :whistle:

Komakino
04-02-2019, 15:36
Hope she likes pubs ! :whistle:

She has family in your neck of the woods, so I've already sold her the merits of visiting The Alfred (https://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/35750/) if I have to do the 'meet the parents' thing... ;)

Brainypool
04-02-2019, 17:47
A good start, 34 done so far across Manchester and London mostly.

Quinno
04-02-2019, 20:40
A spin round Addlestone and Chertsey bagged me 12 on the weekend. Trips to Abingdon this coming Saturday and a lads weekend in Chester should see me burst past 50 and get me back on track for my 4k end of year target.

Wittenden
05-02-2019, 07:52
Finally off the mark,with a pub we'd planned to try on New Year's Day,but was chocker.

Mobyduck
10-02-2019, 19:17
An unplanned unexpected week off of work that's seen five visits to London, unfortunately involving hospital visits to Tooting rather than pleasure, still gave me opportunity to pick up four more new pubs bringing my total to 6. I've just got to find time now to write the reviews.

Delboy20
10-02-2019, 20:05
Added 6 around Hall Green and Shirley so now up to 21.

Another 3 quite local to me brings me up to 24.

Bucking Fastard
11-02-2019, 16:11
Managed 18 new pub visits in January ,mostly nostalgic visits to some old haunts in The City of London.February will be on very familiar boating territory so options for more ticks looks confined to some targetted pubs in London.

ROBCamra
13-02-2019, 10:20
Only 1 more new pub on our night in Huddersfield. Crawls up to 17. :cheers:

A night in Manchester and trips to Fleetwood, Southport and Liverpool added a paltry 3 new pubs, admittedly all on well trodden ground.

It would have been more if The Sanctuary in Liverpool and The Masons in Southport had been open when they said they are. :moremad:

Now on 20. :cheers:

Delboy20
19-02-2019, 19:13
Another 3 quite local to me brings me up to 24.

Another 4 near Solihull puts me on 28.

ROBCamra
26-02-2019, 12:37
An overnighter in Leeds on Sunday potted me 3 more new pubs. Now on 23. :cheers:

ETA
28-02-2019, 19:05
41

Pangolin
28-02-2019, 23:33
Slightly down on the one a day for Feb with 24, mainly due to a couple of beer festivals rather than pubbing. A nice crawl round Ipswich though.

Mobyduck
01-03-2019, 07:37
8

Bucking Fastard
01-03-2019, 08:08
Managed 18 new pub visits in January ,mostly nostalgic visits to some old haunts in The City of London.February will be on very familiar boating territory so options for more ticks looks confined to some targetted pubs in London.

Drifted up to 23 ,but real progress will have to await Portsmouth,completely virgin territory ......from a reviewing point of view.

oldboots
01-03-2019, 13:52
8

snap

Mobyduck
01-03-2019, 19:02
snap

Ha, 9 as of this afternoon, courtesy of this place (https://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/61608/)

oldboots
02-03-2019, 06:14
Ha, 9 as of this afternoon, courtesy of this place (https://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/61608/)

It'll be more later today!

ROBCamra
04-03-2019, 17:58
Got a bit of a shift on this weekend.

5 new ones in Middleton and 1 in Castleton on Friday.

A trip to Macclesfield on Sunday netted another 5 new ones.

Now on 34. :cheers:

Komakino
05-03-2019, 08:48
Managed 35 for January, including Hertford finally ticked off (it was on last year's hitlist, but ran out of time).

I think Jan will be an exception as I've recently met a new girlfriend, so need to invest some time into seeing how that goes...!

As suspected, a quiet February with only 4 newbies bagged takes me up to 39 for the year.

london calling
05-03-2019, 19:35
As suspected, a quiet February with only 4 newbies bagged takes me up to 39 for the year.

Bloody hell you have put the brakes on for your new girlfriend.

Komakino
06-03-2019, 09:20
Bloody hell you have put the brakes on for your new girlfriend.

Tell me about it!

Delboy20
07-03-2019, 18:59
Tell me about it!

Hope she's worth it !!

Delboy20
07-03-2019, 19:00
Another 4 near Solihull puts me on 28.

Picked up a couple more to reach 30. Nottingham next week so should get a fair few there.

ROBCamra
18-03-2019, 18:01
A trip to Todmorden added another 3 new openings and a first hearing of a flood warning siren.

Now on 37. :cheers:

Mobyduck
18-03-2019, 18:15
Clawed my way up to 15.

Spinko
18-03-2019, 18:49
Sir Isaac Wilson, and Sherlocks in Middlesbrough. Can't see me returning to either...

Delboy20
18-03-2019, 19:28
Picked up a couple more to reach 30. Nottingham next week so should get a fair few there.

Managed to do 18 in Nottingham so now on to 48.

trainman
19-03-2019, 17:37
Managed to do 18 in Nottingham so now on to 48.

And how did Nottingham's finest stand up, Delboy? Did you make it out to Beeston..?

Delboy20
19-03-2019, 19:21
And how did Nottingham's finest stand up, Delboy? Did you make it out to Beeston..?

no we didn't, we stuck around town - mainly around Canning circus. My reviews (such as they are!) will follow soon.....

The team stood up well though!:avfc::avfc::avfc:

Aqualung
19-03-2019, 20:16
no we didn't, we stuck around town - mainly around Canning circus. My reviews (such as they are!) will follow soon.....

The team stood up well though!:avfc::avfc::avfc:

A good choice, I would recommend a separate day out to Beeston, maybe ending up at Nottingham Station if required. Hucknall's worth a look as well but not really in the same league. And then there's micropub alley out Kimberley way.....

ROBCamra
26-03-2019, 12:51
A new opening in Manchester last Wednesday.

Nine new pubs in the total dive that is Farnworth on Friday.

Three more in Harrogate yesterday.

Now on a nice, round 50. :cheers:

Mobyduck
26-03-2019, 18:10
A couple in London last weekend brings me to a paltry 17, Portsmouth on Friday will only advance me another 5 or so. :(

Pangolin
01-04-2019, 22:18
March proved to be a great month, with 5 crawls (including PuG Portsmouth of course) giving 59 additions. Well ahead of my 'pub a day' average now on 114.

ETA
02-04-2019, 06:17
Portsmouth's event brings me up to 76.

Mobyduck
02-04-2019, 07:45
Didn't make a couple in Portsmouth but one in Eastleigh since makes it 22.

oldboots
02-04-2019, 11:51
Portsmouth and Peterborough takes me up to 51.

Komakino
02-04-2019, 12:18
As suspected, a quiet February with only 4 newbies bagged takes me up to 39 for the year.

Just 5 more in the month of March means I'm up to 44 YTD.

Bucking Fastard
02-04-2019, 19:37
Drifted up to 23 ,but real progress will have to await Portsmouth,completely virgin territory ......from a reviewing point of view.

March was a really big month,walking (and drinking) lots of the Thames Path and of course Portsmouth pushed the total up to 64.

April may yield some new ticks in Birmingham and the Black Country.

Delboy20
03-04-2019, 19:34
Managed to do 18 in Nottingham so now on to 48.

Added another 4 so up to 52 by the end of March. That is just on track for the first quarter!

ROBCamra
10-04-2019, 18:07
12 new ones in Lincoln in the last couple of days along with some old favourites puts me on 62. :cheers:

Mobyduck
10-04-2019, 18:56
Gipsy Hill and Crystal Palace makes it now 29. :( , not great but it is what it is.

gillhalfpint
11-04-2019, 08:26
Amazed that our new pub total for 2019 so far is 79, mainly due to the monthly CAMRA trips out by coach we do now. I am also trying to get round all the West Mids Good Beer Guide pubs I have not visited before and only have 25 of them left to do before the next GBG comes out.

Off to Wigan area with CAMRA on Saturday then Salisbury area in May. We have just booked a couple of nights in Bristol in May too as we fancy a crawl round the bars there - never went last year and a lot of good pubs and new micro bars opened up I believe. I have put July 12 in diary as a possible for Sheffield as I see you are on a crawl there. We could never manage to do the crawl with you all, but might get to see you round Kelham Island area. Will see how things are nearer the time.

Gill

trainman
11-04-2019, 11:59
Gipsy Hill and Crystal Palace makes it now 29. :( , not great but it is what it is.
Did the sad face refer to the number of new pubs, or the quality of those two locations Mick?
Probably both!

Brainypool
11-04-2019, 17:05
A good start, 34 done so far across Manchester and London mostly.

Slowed down a little but have steadily reached 62.

Mobyduck
11-04-2019, 18:36
Did the sad face refer to the number of new pubs, or the quality of those two locations Mick?
Probably both!

A couple closed in Gipsy Hill and quality average, so slightly down on intended numbers, so a bit of both.

bcfczuluarmy
22-04-2019, 15:01
After a weekend in Torquay now on 97 which seems to have masses of missing pubs/bars which won't appeal to many on here but none the less exist for any to go in as I did.

Delboy20
29-04-2019, 19:03
Added another 4 so up to 52 by the end of March. That is just on track for the first quarter!

Managed to do 25 on my weeks holiday so up to 77.

Mobyduck
29-04-2019, 20:28
Limping along at 33.

Bucking Fastard
01-05-2019, 07:39
March was a really big month,walking (and drinking) lots of the Thames Path and of course Portsmouth pushed the total up to 64.

April may yield some new ticks in Birmingham and the Black Country.


Another month gone and now up to 78.May will be spent in familiar boating territory ,so new ticks may have to come from Greater London

Pangolin
01-05-2019, 22:13
Pulled a calf muscle hurrying from pub to station in Great Yarmouth which slowed things down a bit, but still managed 34 for April so on target.

ETA
02-05-2019, 05:56
85

Komakino
03-05-2019, 12:15
Just 5 more in the month of March means I'm up to 44 YTD.

20 newbies for me in April plus one on the 1st of May takes me up to 65 for the year.

gillhalfpint
12-05-2019, 13:00
A good CAMRA trip in Wiltshire has brought this year's total to 103.

bcfczuluarmy
17-05-2019, 01:02
After a work trip to Brighton now on 128 and that's being slack this year.

RealAleRobUK
17-05-2019, 15:13
A quick tot up suggests I'm on about 43 new pubs so far this year, which is better than I expected.

Mobyduck
17-05-2019, 19:11
Now on 42, no significant acceleration expected over the next couple of months.

Brainypool
18-05-2019, 08:35
110 after a really busy month. I’ll slow down a bit now.