Beer Travels with Adrian Tierney-Jones

What on earth was I doing here? I was sitting quietly on a banquette opposite a long, implacably solid wooden bar counter behind which an elegantly carved, equally imposing wooden bar-back glistened with shelves of whisky bottles. Welcome to the Grill, a solid-looking boozer slotted into a granite-faced terrace on Aberdeen’s Union Street. I recall…

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NMBC thinking creatively with collaborations

It would be a good quiz question for those people who think they know a thing or two about beer – what do Henderson’s Relish, Aunt Bessie’s Yorkshire puds, Ronseal and Seabrook crisps have in common? The answer is they are all brands that have worked with Northern Monk Brewing Co. in Leeds to produce…

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Crowdfunding should come with a word of warning

Before travelling to Norway in the summer for a family holiday, warnings came from all directions about the extravagant cost of beer. This proved to be exactly the case as I typically paid around the £10 mark for the equivalent of a pint – but it was not a shock as such because it is…

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Soho revisited…

The Blue Posts pub in Soho has always been a special place for me as one of the rare unchangedboozers in the beating heart of the capital. Despite much around it changing, especially on BerwickStreet where it has historically been the market traders’ pub, it remains resolutely a must-visit forpeople looking for a bit of…

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Beer Travels with Adrian Tierney-Jones

We travel and ride with the rhyme of time, in search of both new and familiar scenes, with few guesses about what comes next unless it is another glass of beer. Writing these words in a Schaerbeek coffee shop that also sells beer (a glass of dry-hopped Hommelbier if you must know), once again I…

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Resisting change can sometimes pay off.

The Nag’s Head, The Grenadier and The Star Tavern in London’s smart Belgravia area have comprised my favourite concise pub crawl since I first came to the capital to work in the late 1980s. Every now and again I feel compelled to retrace my steps along the compact mews properties on Kinnerton Street and the…

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Low and no-alcohol may not turn out to be the money spinners assumed

Earlier this year, the Blue Naan restaurant in Felixstowe jettisoned its long-standing alcoholic drinks menu and went all in on an alcohol-free list, with an impressive selection of beers, wines, pre-mixed spirits, mocktails and soft drinks that certainly give it a unique proposition in the market.  The array of options represents a lot of sourcing…

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Beer Travels with Adrian Tierney-Jones

Let us take ourselves to the pub, for it is autumn and the leaves are falling and there are both hints of summer and winter on different days. In the pub, though, there is a generosity of spirit and a softness of light and on the late September Monday afternoon I was in one in…

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The London pubs becoming outstanding food venues

Cycling back from King’s Cross on a recent early Sunday evening, I thought I’d pass by The Tamil Prince pub and grab a quick pint on my way home as I’d seen it had been on the market and had new owners running the show.  On peering through the window of the attractive north London…

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Dictatorial approach not helping Sam Smith’s

On arrival at the bar in the Princess Louise pub on London’s High Holborn recently, I was informed it was cash only. This struck me as pretty odd when most hospitality businesses seem to be going in the complete opposite direction and becoming cash-free. It was even odder when the barman would not take my…

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