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Saturday 14th January
RAR 255
COVENTRY'S GBG

Meet at Greyhound, Sutton Stop, 12 noon
Sunday 5th February
HW 55
SNOWDROPS AT ALLESLEY

Meet at The Brooklands, Kingsbury Road, 12 noon.
Saturday 18th February
RAR 256
STATFORD TO WELFORD ON AVON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am (X18 takes 1 hour 35 mins!!)

The No.27 bus leaves Welford at 3:16pm and arrives Stratford 3:29pm (opposite Maypole)
5:50pm arrives 6:12pm
6:09pm arrives 6:46pm

The X18 bus leaves B439 (Binton turn) at 3:19pm arrives Stratford at 3:56pm. This stop is supposedly 20 mins walk from Welford.
3:49pm arrives 4:26pm
4:24pm arrives 5:01pm
4:54pm arrives 5:31pm

The 6:30pm No. 460 National Express arrives Coventry 7:00pm
Saturday 18th March
RAR 257
WELFORD ON AVON TO BIDFORD ON AVON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am

The 11:54am X18 bus from Stratford arrives B439 (Binton turn) at 12:07pm
Saturday 15th April
RAR 258
BIDFORD ON AVON TO HARVINGTON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am

The 11:54am X18 bus from Stratford arrives Bidford 12:11pm
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RAR 243 Coventry's 'Gut Bier Guide' Pubs

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In December I was asked to write an account of Januray's Real Ale Ramble, the annual crawl around Nouvion's Gut Bier Guide pubs. Within munutes I had been reminded by Herr Flick and Gruber that a directive from General von Klinkerhoffen himself prevented me from giving ze names of all of Nouvion's Gut Bier Guide pubs in ein article as this might possibly detract from local sales of ze Gut Bier Guide. Zo, I vill here give ze subtle clues to zese pubs und you vill have to vork zem out. Ven you have done zis, you vill destroy zese pages. Don't forget, ze valls have ze eyes and ears !

Zo, listen carefully. I shall say zis only once. Our intrepid band of subversives rendezvoused at 1200 hours at a remote location on the banks of a canal. This has a canine name which is thought to have come from the term for a fast canal boat. 'Fast' and 'canal boat' may not seem to go together to modern ears, but in the early 19th century canals were the most rapid form of transport and people as well as goods were transported. These boats would probably be termed 'water taxis' today. The location stands at the junction of the Oxford canal and Nouvion canal. After refreshment from the range of excellent ales we left, keeping a sharp eye open for periscopes, for what was the most hazardous part of our journey, the 15 minure walk to Jackers Lane where we caught the 703 bus across the north of the city. I think we may have been spotted by ze locals.

This bus deposited us at rendezvous No 2, a pub with a contrastingly feline name. Once in the village of Sowe it now stands in the suburb of Walsgrave, overlooked by the hospital. It was rebuilt in 1929 by Herr Frederick Smiths of Aston, at a 90degree angle to the orientation of the original pub. For many years it was the last place you would go to for a drink, but now, thanks to Ember Inns, it has a most attractive range of ales.

From here we caught a bus into the city to go to a pub on Gosford Street. Contrary to what is written in ze Gut Bier Guide, it never had anything to do with the nearby monastery. The Good Beer Guide is ze misinformation desigend to confuse ze enemy. The name was a figment of Herr Hans Kleiner's imagination when the pub opened in 2000. The building was erected in the 14th century as a private dwelling on Gosford Street, outside the monastery grounds and I assume Hans just thought it was a good name, sounding traditional and 'pubby'.

Then we walked through the pedestrianised area of the city centre to a pub on the line of the city walls. This is a typical pub of the 1840's and was once part of a terrace of houses. It had a number of very interesting beers.

A short walk uphill took us to Martin McKeown's pub, housed in the gatehouse to Leigh Mills. We drank from the usual excellent range of beers, including Locales such as Twisted Barrel und Purity.

After this there was another short walk to medaeval Spon Street, to perhaps the oldest contnually licensed pub in Nouvion. This is run by the famous Michelle, beloved of Rene und ze Resistance. Here you can now feast on pork pies und godcakes, a meal fit for a miller at the least. There is also the usual excellent range of beers, including a favourite of mine from the early years of zis campaign, ze Old Perpendicular dunkelbier.

Wunderbar, fantastisch, mein gott etc. etc.

The next short walk took us to a rendezvous where we could learn all the news and government notices by word of mouth. This pub is tied to Marstons, but by imaginative use of the large number of breweries controlled by Marstons the management can smuggle in a good range of ales.

Outside we caught the No 9 bus to the last group of pubs, in the south of the city. At the first of this group we were welcomed as comrades with open arms. It is another Ember Inn with the usual good range of beers.

We then walked through the War Memorial Park, keeping to cover, to reach a large pub on Earlsdon roundabout. This is advertised with a veritable menagery of animals - an elephant, a cat, a black eagle and a phoenix and also a castle. It is owned by a shadowy group called ze ' Vether Spoons '. Sounds sinister to me, but it sells a range of up to 12 ales, so we stopped to refuel.

A walk into the neighbouring district brought us to a small back street meeting place named after a garden, or perhaps ze small kinder. It also had a good range of ze ales.

After this we only had to get to the final rendezvous at a pub named after a rural scene. This has the codename of 'the country pub in the city'. Here we met with local sympathisers and finished with a pint before returning to or own groups to whisper of where we had been and what we had seen.

Prost !
Oberleutnant Friedrich

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