Sunday, 15 March 2020

Phantom Brewing Taproom in Reading


Another brewery taproom has recently opened in Reading. About 10 minutes walk from the station so not as far as the Double Barrelled Taproom.

The 12 beers available were 6 brewed on site and 6 guests

The brewery kit

plenty of space here

and games to play as well

friendly bar staff as well.

I will return!

Friday, 14 February 2020

Flying Scotsman visits the Watercress Line


Some photos taken whilst on platform duty at Alton station today.

The Watercress Line had been closed for passenger trains since 1/1/19 for a bridge over Whitedown Lane in Alton to be replaced.

Today saw the re-opening of the line using the famous Flying Scotsman locomotive.

First arrival was a VIP special breaking a banner as it entered the station.

Then a few speeches and plaque unveiling.

The banner was recovered

FS is seen on its return to the Meon loop just outside Alton station.

The plaque unveiled

Finally the story on BBC News website

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Manchester - January 2020

Yet another few days in Manchester for the beer frestival and pubs etc.


Visired a few bars before the festival in the Oxford Road area.


then E,ectric Box

and OL Bar

on site nano brewery kit

Then to the beer festival

and Cafe Beermoth before calling it a night.


Beer Festival

Also popped to the Briton's Protection for a quick half withthe Wind UP North group.

Then to 57 Thomas St for a nightcap or 2.


First pub was Seven Brothers Beerhouse


Marble Arch


Jack In The Box

Quick Brown Fox


Bar Fringe

Crown & Kettle

Port St Beerhouse

Northern Monk Refectory

Beatnikz Republic

Bundobust (also does good value Indian food)

Piccadilly Tavern (No photo)

Soup Kitchen


Terrace (no photo, inside lit by a couple of candles)

Pie & Ale

Last pub was 57 Thomas St

After 19 pubs had a curry in the Al-Faisal Tandoori


Final day in Manchester


Knott Bar

Dockyard (sister pub of Gasworks)

Then 2 subterranean bars

Gas Lamp

On the opposite side of the road is Brink

A second visit to Cafe Beermoth

Beer Nouveau Brewery Tap

Alphabet Brewery Tap

And finally 57 Thomas St

A very beery 4 days, met some friends along the way, and still alive.

A spreadsheet with details of the beers I had is here.