Author Archives: Alastair Gilmour

Announcing the death of Mark Hird

December 6th, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

Mark Hird, Managing Director of Tavistock Hospitality, Poetic License Distillery & Sonnet 43 Brewhouse Mark Hird, the founder and managing


The pub in all its glory

December 6th, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

They’re big, they’re small, they’re new, they’re well established – let’s celebrate the pub, writes Alastair Gilmour. FRONT STREET TAP HOUSE,


Real ale in Ryhope

December 6th, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

Novelist Glenda Young’s books are set in the pubs of early 20th Century Wearside Researching historical novels set around North


Two men and a dog

December 6th, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

To many people this painting sums up what artist and social commentator Norman Cornish was all about. The simple composition


Good game, good game

December 6th, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

There’s more to board games than Monopoly or Trivial Pursuit, as Alastair Gilmour discovers When Mike Taylor and Jo Little


Showaddywaddy’s loss, our gain

December 6th, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

The Hammond organ and crashing guitar at the start of Tony Bengtsson’s latest album, West Elizabeth, set up a powerful


The disappeared

December 6th, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

There’s no limit to what people will steal from pubs, writes Vincent Zeller According to leisure industry publication, The Morning


Kombucha? Bless you

December 6th, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

North East consumers are taking big note of a different style of fermented drink, as Alastair Gilmour discovers Fermented food


Taxidermy for Wandering Willie

December 6th, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

There’s no doubt we’re a nation of dog lovers, particularly with the current fashion for small breeds – “handbag” size



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