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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucking Fastard View Post
    It maybe better to focus on the date at this stage,I could do June 15th or 16th but none of those dates in July
    Pretty much how I'm fixed as well with the 15/16 June, July is fully booked for me and in August I only have 10th/11th free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cider Drinker View Post
    We are happy to go anywhere but can only do 15th or 16th June or 13th or 14th July as a last resort 6th July.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bucking Fastard View Post
    It maybe better to focus on the date at this stage,I could do June 15th or 16th but none of those dates in July

    Quote Originally Posted by oldboots View Post
    Pretty much how I'm fixed as well with the 15/16 June, July is fully booked for me and in August I only have 10th/11th free.
    We've usually done July in the past, but as discussion has started early, June is certainly doable. However, train tickets for 15th/16th will already be on sale, so agreeing the destination pretty damned quick would also be good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aqualung View Post
    I'm going to make two suggestions from left field, Loughborough and Newcastle Under Lyme.
    Slight preference on a superficial level for Loughborough - easier to get to, and more pubs with reviews on this site!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aqualung View Post
    Lichfield City station is pretty central and has a new micropub around the corner.. The fact that it's only London Midland services apart from New Street may be a minus point. It's OK from London as you can get a cheap LM advance ticket on the 08:46 to Crewe.
    I think this info is now slightly out of date. Didn't London Midland lose the franchise last year? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-40886873
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oggwyn Trench View Post
    Bridgnorth is well worth a day out but is a right pain in the backside to get to , the nearest main stations are Telford about 12 miles away and Wolverhampton about 14 miles away , the buses stop running around 5/530 ish to Telford/Wolvo , its better to do Bridgnorth as an overnighter .
    Yes, this is a trip I'd really like to do, but trying to get everyone to go from all over the country when it's so difficult to get to will take about two years to organise!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sheffield hatter View Post
    I think this info is now slightly out of date. Didn't London Midland lose the franchise last year? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-40886873
    You're absolutely right and if I thought Abellio were going to make any better a job of it I might bother to use the correct names. Their performance on the lines out of Liverpool Street is dismal and when they were forced to hand over stock to TFL when Overground took over the Chingford and Cheshunt lines they handed over all the dross that was only fit for scrapping. A fine example of their competence is the fact they planned to take over the Wales franchise from Arriva in partnership with er, Carillion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheffield hatter View Post
    Slight preference on a superficial level for Loughborough - easier to get to, and more pubs with reviews on this site!
    A minus point may be that there aren't enough pubs for some people!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheffield hatter View Post
    We've usually done July in the past, but as discussion has started early, June is certainly doable. However, train tickets for 15th/16th will already be on sale, so agreeing the destination pretty damned quick would also be good.
    That makes July favourite in my book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheffield hatter View Post
    Slight preference on a superficial level for Loughborough - easier to get to, and more pubs with reviews on this site!
    Quote Originally Posted by Aqualung View Post
    A minus point may be that there aren't enough pubs for some people!
    More than Newcastle-u-Lyme or Lichfield, on a rough count. I last did Lichfield in 2013 - eight pubs in just over two hours with my Luton mates before attending what I hope will turn out to be our last ever game at Tamworth (we held on for a 4-3 win after going 4-1 up with half an hour to play - I did wonder if the team had done their own pre-match pub crawl too). Too many Marstons pubs, though mostly very nice pubs. Now two micros and a "we're not really a micro", so a bit of variety and competition. Could be interesting. (Trains from Tamworth to Lichfield are frequent and it's a quick journey; Tamworth is fairly easy to get to from all parts of the country because of the lines crossing over. Hint: it can be cheaper to buy a ticket to Tamworth and then a separate day return from Tam to Lich City.)

    Loughborough has over 40 pubs in the centre (Lichfield only 49 in the entire postal district). Downside: lots of student pubs.

    I've only ever been to one pub in Newcastle-u-Lyme, so wouldn't mind seeing what else there is. Anyone want to make a case for it? Or Stamford?

    Is Lincoln in the Midlands? And how about Norwich - fantastic city for pubs but almost as far east as Moscow.

    How about a poll? (With closing date, say the end of next week so that people can get their train tickets sorted before they become too pricey.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aqualung View Post
    That makes July favourite in my book.
    We have done June before - so why not Friday, 15th? Or does anyone want to make a case for Saturday 16th? Or anyone strongly prefer July over June, and that's just tough for those who can't make July? (Just playing devil's advocate here, you understand.)
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