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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucking Fastard View Post

    Has Newark been thrown into the mix ?
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    Stripping out the geography arguments etc, the list (mainly dis'd) of suggestions is so far:

    Loughborough
    Newark
    Lichfield
    Norwich
    Stourbridge
    Stamford
    Bridgnorth
    Northampton
    Kettering
    Grantham
    Cambridge
    Peterborough
    Ludlow
    Kidderminster
    Lincoln
    Shrewsbury
    Leamington, Warwick, Kenilworth as one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldboots View Post
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    Stripping out the geography arguments etc, the list (mainly dis'd) of suggestions is so far:

    Loughborough
    Newark
    Lichfield
    Norwich
    Stourbridge
    Stamford
    Bridgnorth
    Northampton
    Kettering
    Grantham
    Cambridge
    Peterborough
    Ludlow
    Kidderminster
    Lincoln
    Shrewsbury
    Leamington, Warwick, Kenilworth as one.
    Nice job putting that lot together!

    I've been to all of those bar Stourbridge, Stamford and the united boroughs of Leamington, Warwick, Kenilworth. (The last named having had their credentials quite severely questioned above, so I wouldn't want to put them forward for a group crawl, though may still do it myself.)

    I would say that there are travel objections that could be raised with regards to most of these - we are talking, after all, about some of the smaller towns in the midlands and (in the cases of Peterborough, Cambridge, Norwich, Stamford and Lincoln) places that are usually considered to be in the East rather than the Midlands (#geographygalore).

    I've never done a proper visit to Shrewsbury, i.e. one that is purely for the purpose of visiting a large number of pubs, so would like to take that one on.

    I tend to agree with others that (in my experience) the following are a bit short of a reasonable number of decent pubs for a visit of our sort: Loughborough, Lichfield, Bridgnorth, Kettering, Grantham, Peterborough (without doing quite a bit of walking), Ludlow, Kidderminster.

    I'm inclined to think that, transport objections put to one side for a minute, the cathedral cities of Norwich, Lincoln and Peterborough would be suitable targets. The more easily accessible towns of Shrewsbury, Northampton and Newark could also be worthy of consideration. (I think somebody made the case for Stourbridge in another thread or possibly this one, so I would be grateful if someone could link to it or repeat the argument in response.)

    So how about whittling the list down to these seven for a poll:

    Lincoln
    Newark
    Northampton
    Norwich
    Peterborough
    Shrewsbury
    Stourbridge
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    Quote Originally Posted by sheffield hatter View Post

    So how about whittling the list down to these seven for a poll:

    Lincoln
    Newark
    Northampton
    Norwich
    Peterborough
    Shrewsbury
    Stourbridge
    I'd still say Peterborough is too scattered to find good pubs, and doubt that there are sufficient in Stourbridge for a decent PuG crawl, but I am fairly happy with the others. And hopefully not needed, but note there are day bus tickets available for between £4.40 and £5 for Lincoln, Northampton, Norwich and Shrewsbury (oh alright - and Peterborough, but would definitely be needed there).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pangolin View Post
    (oh alright - and Peterborough, but would definitely be needed there).
    Absolutely a necessity for Stanground and Werrington, and useful for the two or three pubs up Oundle Rd, the others are fairly central. A bus will be needed for the big hill in Lincoln by some and possibly in Shrewsbury, Newark North Gate station is a bit out of town too as mentioned before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldboots View Post
    Newark North Gate station is a bit out of town too as mentioned before.
    Half a mile to the Fox & Crown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldboots View Post
    A bus will be needed for the big hill in Lincoln.
    Luckily, there is just such a bus: https://lincolnbus.co.uk/special-services/walk-and-ride - (sometimes called the 'Steep Hill Shuttle' or the 'Castle Shuttle')
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    Quote Originally Posted by sheffield hatter View Post

    So how about whittling the list down to these seven for a poll:

    Lincoln
    Newark
    Northampton
    Norwich
    Peterborough
    Shrewsbury
    Stourbridge
    Happy enough with these suggestions,but a poll can contain 14 options ,so your list could be expanded if anyone felt some names from oldboots original "long list" are worthy of being part of the poll.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucking Fastard View Post
    Happy enough with these suggestions,but a poll can contain 14 options ,so your list could be expanded if anyone felt some names from oldboots original "long list" are worthy of being part of the poll.
    From the "long" and the "short" lists. Kidderminster & Stourbridge double (7 miles apart).

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanH View Post
    Here we go again!

    Shurley Cambridge is in the South. Much further South than last years "border" town Peterborough!
    But Hereford is south of Cambridge and it's definitely in the Midlands. Hmmm...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanH View Post
    From the "long" and the "short" lists. Kidderminster & Stourbridge double (7 miles apart).
    Seems like a regular train service between the two.
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