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Spoons Spring Beer Festival 2023

22/03/2023 Leave a comment

So it must be Spring as we have gone past both the St David’s Day and The Spring Equinox, however the weather is still like February. What makes it really Spring is The Wetherspoon’s Spring Beer Festival and that starts on 22 March 2023. So it’s off to Cardiff for the maximum number of Wetherspoons. Plus my Oldies Bus Pass has arrived.

Starting with Freddy Export

After a Costa Bacon Roll and Coffee, it was straight in to The Gatekeeper. That Belgian Flag was calling me and straight off it was a B++ and 1 Sat per minute on the Fountain App.

Freddy gently settling

Then along comes Spring Break from Greene King and who knew, a really rather nice fruity, malty Golden Ale

Spring Break – Greene King – 4.4% ABV

Moving on to The Central Bar, where people go for a Full English in Cardiff. Strangely the Fest Ales are unmarked and just look like standard Guest Ales.

Very Springlike
B+ and bit

Vincent and Blind Jack. The Central Bar is sessionable central.

Just across the bridge
Lady Brewers are quality Brewers

And then it got all Old School and Swiss. It’s been a long time since I have been to the Ernest Willows.

Booth 13

Reeds Ale from Sudwerk in Switzerland, brewed at Adnams in Suffolk. All really malty

Cheaper here too

And to finish the day.

A B++

For Saturday 18 March 2023

18/03/2023 Leave a comment

The Saturday Wrap for 18 March 2023. CoPilot, Bing App, Budget, Lineker, mb03, Cloudwater, 60+, Emma, NP1, New Dance Floor, Cucumber, The End, DPD, On the way, Firmer, barrier and Guinness.  #SaturdayWrap  #March2023 #Bedwas

The Green has moved

20230311 mb03 Day 01 Wrap

12/03/2023 Leave a comment

Looking out of the window to see frost on the car windscreens. So it was a two water bottles on the dash day.  Some light snow flurries on the journey up and it was mostly light from Monmouth onwards.  Costa Coffee and Bacon Rolls to start, then a Fruit based drink while The Prelude uploaded. Happy Birthday from Cloudwater in The Hereford Beer House. Exchanging a Bag for Life in Tesco and then the Beano is over. 

More Green

Flurries and a Voucher

12/03/2023 Leave a comment

We are well it to March and it is still Winter. Frost, hot water bottles on the dash and snow flurries on the journey up. Nicely light from from Monmouth onwards but still at 0c when I arrived at Hereford. CAMRA vouchers at the ready. Steamy windows in the Beer House and yet again I wish it was more than one Day. Post video listening to Talk Sport.


20230311 Prelude mb03 Hereford Mar 23

11/03/2023 Leave a comment

A light frost and snow flurries start to mb03 and a chance to bring my count number up to the month number. It was light from Monmouth onwards and what a joy that was. Apart from that it’s the standard Hereford one day plan but with a £5.00 discount voucher for The Hereford Beer House.

Where exactly is Spring?

For Saturday 11 March 2023

11/03/2023 Leave a comment

The Saturday Wrap for 11 March 2023. Snow, Drafts App, Old, mb02, Noagendasocial, Black Cat, Worst DT score, 60p extra, Free Chips, Lottery, No Snow, Snow, Rain and Private Parties, Sun. #SaturdayWrap #March2023 #Bedwas

Just Green

20230304 mb02 Day 01 Wrap

05/03/2023 Leave a comment

Double Optimised start, great Tesco staff, carpark app, close Costa, tide out, Saturday morning TWiT, no cold Butter, noagendasocial down, The Awesome Black Cat, Premier Inn pleases.

WestonSuperMare #March2023 #mb02

Pre Premier Inn Full English

Cats On The Wall

05/03/2023 Leave a comment

A double optimised departure and the carpark had an app, despite what the website said. Costa just around the corner from the carpark. Coffee and a Bacon Roll, of course.

Tip for the Cabot Court, order your food early, as it fills up quickly and gets very busy. However, Half FTTC WiFi.

Meanwhile The Black Cat Micro is Full FTTC and is full of the Finest of Cask and Keg. Note, it’s Card only. Big Crisps too.

Hazy at the Black Cat Micro

The Six Point Plan And The Black Cat

04/03/2023 Leave a comment

I’m a bit behind with my Beanos. Mainly due to my Eye and the Winter cost of living. Also, with a touch of Rugby too. However, it’s back to Weston Super Mare for the first time since early 2017.  


Tescos in Trethomas for food tonight. It opens at 07:00, so it’s a double optimisation. There will be Chicken Salad sandwiches of course. Lovely lady who served me.

Lovely Lady who served me


Despite what the website said, there was an app. Really gentle journey to Weston Super Mare.

Have now downloaded the App


The best Costa Coffee is a close Costa Coffee and you can’t start a Quality Beano without Coffee and a Bacon Roll.

One of the many Costas in Weston


Found The Black Cat and then onto the local Spoons, The Cabot Court for Cask Ale and Breakfast.

A CAMRA voucher was deployed


Great Welcome

Superior Ales and Welcome. Full FTTC WiFi immediately puts it on the must revisit list.

My God it’s full hof Black Cats


It was mighty cold
No problem with Tomatoes

It was go, if mighty cold and YouTube blocked the Journal video. Music no doubt. Better go back so that I can redo the Journal video.

20230304 Prelude mb02 Weston Super Mare Mar 23

04/03/2023 Leave a comment

An optimised departure but this time it’s for the opening of Tesco in Trethomas (07:00). The fact that it will be light then is a pleasant addition. Back to Weston Super Mare for the first time since 2017. However, this time there is only one Spoons. Park up in the multi storey and then it’s Costa and Spoons.

Catching up on Beanos in Weston Super Mare
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