You see, we're into the final few days of June, which means that the epicentre of the year is fast approaching, and the judging of the 2013-14 London Pub of the Year can begin.
Now in it's third year, the competition is likely to be more intense than ever as the number of brilliant pubs in the capital has increased substantially over the past 12 months. (Obviously if your pub is fucking shit you have nothing to worry about. Move along, nothing to see here...)
You'll probably have noticed that we have a bit of a logistical dilemma though, in that last year's winner, the very wonderful Catford Bridge Tavern closed its doors for the last time just a few months after picking up the trophy.
So, I've given things a lot of thought and come to a decision. I think it's a good one because there are literally no losers. Not yet, anyway.
Sounds like a plan
When the CBT closed, some of the staff went to the newly opened Baring Hall hotel in Grove Park, and some went to the about-to-open Catford Constituional Club, just down the road.
|Who will pick up the trophy this year?|
This gives us six returning pubs, so to balance things out, for this year only, we'll also have six new pubs in the competition. ('New' can now mean a pub that didn't finish in the top five two years ago, of course).
I told you nobody loses with this ruling.
Now, leave me alone, I've got pubs to assess. By which I mean, 'beer to drink', obviously.