You have just a couple of weeks left to impress me if you want to become the second Ben Viveur London Pub of the Year.
11 days actually.
Actually less than that, because I'll be in Russia for three of those days. Or four if you count travelling time.
And you can deduct a few more days when I'll be fasting and not drinking any beer.
OK, basically you have about one day remaining to wow me into a creamy frenzy with the most amazing beer you can find.
Here's the deal: Last year's Top Five pubs will go up against five new contenders, in order to keep things fresh. (Pubs that finished outside the top five last year will be eligible for shortlisting again from next year).
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The ten shortlisted pubs will all be assessed, rated and ranked during July, and sometime this Summer the white smoke will rise and a winner will emerge. I might even invest in a nice trophy and have the winner's name engraved thereupon.
Will Clerkenwell's Craft Beer Company hold on to the crown? Will the Harp or Southampton Arms knock them from their lofty perch? Could they even be deposed by a newcomer? Maybe even one of the other Craft Beer Cos that have opened in the past year?
All these questions and more will be answered soon. After I've had a few more pints to really make sure I get my decision-making right.
Meanwhile, I'm off to Moscow tomorrow for a few days. Toodle-Pip, Ben-Voyage and Diddly-Squat!