The Cardinal’s Hat

by Steve Renshaw

A number of organisations, including CAMRA, regularly publish statistics on the number of pubs across the country that have closed. But there’s one organisation (or individual) that has gone even further.

The Lost Pubs Project catalogues pubs in England that have closed. The project’s website lists over 29,000 lost pubs. It gives brief details for the majority and includes over 15,000 photographs. Continue reading “The Cardinal’s Hat”

The other Magna Carta

by Steve Renshaw

Given everything that’s been going on in the city this summer, I thought I’d better write about the Magna Carta. Of course, I mean the Marston’s pub on Exchequergate, not the historic document.

Over the centuries, the view of Lincoln Cathedral from Castle Square has been a favourite for artists and, more recently, photographers. As a result, it is possible to trace the evolution of the buildings of Exchequergate and the top of Steep Hill. Continue reading “The other Magna Carta”

Golden Ales

by Steve Renshaw

You can tell that craft beer is taking a hold because the big boys of the brewing industry are starting to muscle in on the act. Guinness dipped their toes in the water last year with two bottled porters. Fair enough, that’s not very different from their core product, namely Irish stout. But now, according to their big-budget TV ad, they’re producing a golden ale. That just doesn’t seem right!

“Good Beer Guide” editor, Roger Protz, commented, “The bigger brewers are under pressure from younger drinkers who don’t want to drink what dad drinks, and if dad drinks stout they’ll have something different.” Continue reading “Golden Ales”

The best pub in Lincolnshire

by Steve Renshaw

Which is the best pub in Lincolnshire? If I asked a thousand people, I’d probably get hundreds of different answers. Pub-goers are very loyal, so many would vote for their local. Others might plump for a chocolate-box inn out in the countryside. Or, perhaps, a lively town-centre bar.

The problem is that there are so many different types of pub that it’s difficult to choose. Is it the best pub for atmosphere? Is it the pub with the friendliest landlord? Is it the pub with the best food? Or the best beer garden? Continue reading “The best pub in Lincolnshire”

“I can’t do fractions!”

by Steve Renshaw

Recently, I went to an award-winning pub/restaurant for a celebration lunch. We arrived early so I could enjoy a pint before the meal. We had a tab, so I didn’t notice the prices until we got home and I looked at the bill. My pint cost £3.30 – about average for this part of the country – but my wife’s half of the same beer was £1.80. So, had we bought two halves, they would have cost 30p more than a pint.

This year’s CAMRA National Annual General Meeting passed a motion noting the “distasteful” practice that some pubs operate in charging consumers more for a half pint than the proportional cost of a pint. Although this is not illegal, the membership instructed CAMRA’s National Executive to mount a campaign against the practice. Continue reading ““I can’t do fractions!””