Sunday, 8 April 2018

Hull Crawl 30th April 2011

My intention was to do every pub in Hull,i had already done a lot in the city centre,this pub crawl was round Wincolmlee and the North Hull estate where most people will never walk round never mind doing the pubs there, i also did areas nearby.
I had to get a train down from Beverley as we stayed at my sister in laws house in the town quite a few times over the years.
It was a walk from Hull Interchange up to Wincomlee and then onto Beverley Road and the North Hull Estate.

Wincolmlee

1: New Cumberland

Photo taken by Alan Winfield

A pretty grim looking pub in an equally grim area of Hull.
Once inside the pub was a lot better with a single room and a longish bar,there was a snooker table in the middle of the room,which i like to see,there was also a pool table and darts board.
There was one real ale on the bar which was Tetley Bitter,this was a decent drink.
The pub was a lot better inside,i quite liked this pub.

I walked onto Beverley road and got a bus up to the North Hull estate where i would get off as soon as i saw a pub.

North Hull Estate

2: The Greenwood

Photo taken by Alan Winfield

A very large pub situated in the middle of the North Hull estate.
Once inside there was a large L shaped room to the front which was quite comfortable with bench seating and being carpeted,there was another large room to the rear which was in darkness.
There were no real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Tetley smooth flow, which was a pretty poor drink.
The pub  was very busy on my Saturday dinner visit.

I quite enjoyed walking round the North Hull estate looking for some decent looking estate pubs,i passed one that was not yet open but looked fully operational.
I was well pleased to see my next pub open.

3: Arctic Ranger

Photo taken by Alan Winfield

A top notch looking estate pub that most people would avoid if not local,i could not wait to get in.
There was a split level room to the front with the lower area being smaller,the bar was on the upper area,there was comfortable bench seating a room to the rear was not in use.
There was one real ale on which was John Smiths Cask, this went down very well.

After a short walk i found my next pub.

4: Pint & Pot

Photo taken by Alan Winfield

This pub looked more modern that the other pubs on the estate.
Once inside there was a large single room which was quite smart and carpeted.
The pub was a Mansfield tied house,there were no real ales on here,i had a drink of Mansfield Dark which was drinkable.
The pub was fairly quiet on my Saturday dinner visit.

I walked along Hall Road and onto Beverley Road,my next pub was a short walk up Beverley Road on the Northern edge of Hull.

North Hull

5: Rising Sun

Photo taken by Alan Winfield

A typical looking roadside pub that may have been 30s built,but i am no expert.
There was a single L shaped room inside that was mainly carpeted,there was comfy bench seating and food was being served, but did not take over the pub.
There were two real ales on,i had a drink of Jennings Cumberland,which was a decent drink.
A decent pub in my opinion.

I was now walking back down Beverley Road doing any pubs on it.
After a short walk i was outside my next pub.

6: The Wheelhouse

Photo taken by Alan Winfield

It looked like a 70s built pub and just the sort of pub i like doing.
There was a single L shaped room which extended quite a way to the rear,the pub looked quite smart inside and there was a carvery.
The bench seating which was in bays was very uncomfortable,i was glad to get up after fifteen minutes sat on it.
There were two real ales on,i had a drink of Thwaites Wainwright which was a decent drink.

Another very short walk and i was in my next pub which was next to a very busy road junction.

7: The Pilot

Photo taken by Alan Winfield

A modern looking pub situated on the corner of Beverley Road and Greenwood Road.
The pub was quite smart looking inside with comfortable bench seating and being carpeted,it was almost empty on my Saturday dinner visit.
There were no real ales on,but there were four keg beers, i asked for a drink of Mansfield Dark,which i quite like,but was told it is off, so i went onto Mansfield Bitter but was told this was also off, so i asked for a drink of Mansfield Smooth and guess what i was told it was off, this left Marstons Smooth Crap which was on and was crap.
The pub was very quiet with no TVs, music or customers.
I was very dissapointed with this pub.

A short walk along Beverley Road and i was in my next pub.

8: Cross Keys

Photo taken by Alan Winfield

A large mock tudor pub on the corner of Beverley Road and Endike Lane.
Once inside the pub had two separate rooms,i went in the bar room to the left,which looked smart ,there was comfy bench seating and a pool table, the lounge to the right looked very smart and food was being served in it.
There were four real ales on, i had a drink of  Moorhouses Blonde Witch, which went down well.
The pub was busy and had a good atmosphere.
I quite liked this pub.

I decided to walk up Endike Lane as there were a couple of pubs to do along it.

9: Lord Nelson

Photo taken by Alan Winfield

A typical looking estate pub of the sort i really like going in.
Once inside this was a really nice pub with two rooms, i had a drink in the main bar room to the right, there was very comfortable bench seating and it was part carpeted, there was a TV showing sports, the room to the left had a pool table in it.
There was one real ale on, i had a drink of John Smiths Cask which was a very nice drink.
The pub was busy with a good mixed bunch in.
A top pub that i really enjoyed having a drink in.

I carried walking along Endike Lane until i got to my next pub.

10: The Endike

Photo taken by Alan Winfield

A very large pub that looked decent enough from the outside.
Once inside there was a large room to the front which was carpeted and had comfortable bench seating, there were two pool tables in this room, the room to the rear was also large and had two full size snooker tables in it, with both in use.
There were three pumps on the bar with one in use, i had a drink of Mansfield Cask Bitter, which was a decent drink.
I quite liked this pub.

I walked off Endike Lane down to Inglemire Lane.

11: Spotted Dog

Photo taken by Alan Winfield

A very strange looking pub.
The bar room was to the right and was fairly basic, there was a pool table which was separated from the main room by a small wall, the rear area was up one step, there was comfy bench seating.
There were no real ales on, i had a drink of Mansfield Dark which was a decent drink.
There were mainly older drinkers in on my Saturday afternoon visit,i had a good chat with a couple of  older women.

I walked down Hall road and onto Cottingham Road to get to my next pub.

12: The Goodfellowship

Photo taken by Alan Winfield

A very large suburban pub situated in a leafy area.
The pub was quite smart inside with mainly normal tables and chairs plus a few tall tables and chairs for seating, there was a separate room which i thought would be used for functions.
The pub is a Marstons house there were three real ales on, i had a drink of Marstons Perfect Union, which was a nice drink.
The pub was quite busy with a lot of people having meals.
Not really my type of pub.

I walked along Cottingham Road towards Beverley Road to get to my last pub of the crawl.

13: Old Grey Mare

Crap Photo taken by Alan Winfield

A large pub which is opposite Hull University.
There was one large room with a family dining area to the rear.
There were three pumps on the bar with one in use, i had a drink of Adnams Bitter which was nothing special.
The pub was packed with students which was no surprise.
I am sorry about the crap photo i took of this pub.


I walked along Cottingham Road to Beverley Road and got a bus to Hull Interchange and then a train back to Beverley to meet my wife.

This was a nice pub crawl done on a very pleasant Spring day.

 

 

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Different types of Pubs

This is my first post for a while and it is yet again a bit different in looking at different types of pubs which i like and dislike.
Pubs come in all shapes and sizes but do usually fall into one of the category's that i will list and show what they look like.

City Centre / Town Pubs

I quite like city centre and town pubs and i really like market pubs which i think fall into the same category.

Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 This is a typical looking town pub that you will see across the country,this pub is in Wisbech.

Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 A city centre pub in the middle of Glasgow.

Estate Pubs

I really like going in estate pubs and have done loads of them,they are usually very comfortable with bench seating and two separate rooms.

Photo taken by Alan Winfield
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
Two estate pubs that did serve the Bestwood estate in North Nottingham.
I took a photo of the Green Barrel in December 1992.

Dining Pubs

I do not mind going in dining pubs if they have a drinking area which most do have or where you can dine or drink anywhere,i always find then to be comfortable and i like them either early or late afternoon when less busy.

Photo taken by Alan Winfield

Photo taken by Alan Winfield
Two dining pubs one in Long Eaton and the other in Radcliffe,both were comfortable inside and i was happy drinking in both of them.

Wetherspoons

People seem to either love or hate them, i fall into the first category.
I usually find them to be comfortable and warm and they also open early and do a good breakfast,whats not to like about them.


Photo taken by Alan Winfield

 
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

 Two different Wetherspoons pubs that i enjoyed going in.
The one in Crystal Palace is an old style Wetherspoons,the Sheaf Island is more modern,just a shame that it is on the site of the old Wards brewery.

Country Pubs

I quite like country pubs,probably because i do not get to go in them that often as i can not drive,but my brother as took me to some really nice Country Pubs over the years.

Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
Photo taken by Alan Winfield


Two decent country pubs that i enjoyed going in.
The Wanted Inn is in Derbyshire and the Overstone Arms is in Northamptonshire,i would never have done these pubs without the help of my brother who drove me to them and loads more country pubs.

Back Street Locals Pubs

These type of pubs along with estate pubs seem to have closed down more than most types of pubs.

Photo taken by Alan Winfield

Photo Taken by Alan Winfield
Two backstreet locals pubs the Pensbury Arms in South Lambeth London and The Pelham in Basford Nottingham,the photo of this pub was taken in January 1988.

Destination Real Ale Pubs

These are pubs that champion real ales and have loads of handpumps on the bar.
I never really get on with this type of pub as they always attract the same type of beer buffs who just talk about beer.

Photo taken by Alan Winfield


Photo taken by Alan Winfield



Two destination real ale pubs that i did not really enjoy while in them.
The Grove in Huddersfield was packed in both rooms with beer buffs,the Maltings in York was just the same too full for comfort,and why change its name from the Lendal Bridge which it faced to the crap name The Maltings.

Micro Pubs

The new kid on the block and a type of pub that you either tend to love or hate,i have grown to dislike them the more i have done over the last few years and my wife will not go in them anymore.
They have stupid opening hours and no music in most,if you want something to eat it is a pork pie or scotch egg,if a micro pub is being really daring they will do cheese and onion cobs.

Photo taken by Alan Winfield

Photo taken by Alan Winfield

Two different micro pubs one in Duffield the other in the Carrington area of Nottingham,neither has a bar so you stand round like a wally until someone comes out to serve you.

Riverside / Canalside Pubs

I quite like Riverside pubs especially if in a large city like London,though i have done some nice canalside pubs.

Photo taken by Alan Winfield

Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
Two pubs that i really liked and have been in more than once,the views from the Founders Arms are great,you have to get in The Dove early to bag a seat with a view of the River Thames.


Chain Pubs

I only know the really well know chain pubs like Slug & Lettuce and Yates's.
I do not mind going in them early on and have had decent meals in different Slug and Lettuce's,but i am not that struck on them later in the evening.

Photo taken by Alan Winfield

Photo taken by Alan Winfield

The Slug & Lettuce is in Lincoln and the Yates's in Swindon,i prefer the Slug & Lettuce chain over Yates's.


Sports Pubs

These type of pubs usually have loads of TVs so you can see the sport they are showing wherever you are sat or stood.

Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 

Photo taken by Alan Winfield


The photo of the Southbank Bar was taken in November 2010.
I quite like The Southbank Bar it is nice and comfortable when not busy and the service is very quick when packed before a Forest home game.
I also enjoyed my visit to Legends.


This is my list of different types of pubs,there may be other types of pubs that i have not thought about.
The list above is in no order of preference,but i will list them in the order i like them below.



1: Estate Pubs
2: City Centre / Town Pubs
3: Country Pubs
4: Riverside / Canalside pubs
5: Back Street Locals Pubs
6: Wetherspoons Pubs
7: Sports Pubs
8: Dining Pubs
9: Real Ale Destination Pubs
10: Micro Pubs
11: Chain Pubs 

I know that most will not agree with my list of pubs that i prefer.
The bottom three could have been in any order as i do not like any of them that much.
Let me know what types of pubs you prefer.
 

 

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Manchester : Bradford, Clayton, Beswick, Ardwick plus one in City Centre 8th February 1993

It was my usual Trans peak bus from Nottingham to Manchester and then a walk out to Bradford and then doing pubs in Clayton, Beswick and Ardwick.
This was a Monday dinner and afternoon crawl,done at a time when you knew pubs would open on a Monday and more than likely open on or before 12 noon.

Bradford

1: The Mosley
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

My first pub was a very large corner pub with no other buildings around it,situated on the corner of Ashton New Road and Rowsley Street in a grim looking area of Bradford.
Once inside the pub was fairly basic with a few different rooms,i had a drink in the bar.
The pub was a Whitbread tied house and it still sported its old Chesters signage,there were two real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Chesters Bitter,which was a decent drink.

It was a short walk up Rowsley Street to get to my next pub.

2: Britannia Inn
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

A nice looking white painted pub that was situated in an industrial area.
Once inside the pub was fairly small with two rooms,i had a drink in the bar which was basic but comfortable enough.
The pub was a Lees tied house,there were two real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Lees Bitter which cost 99p for a pint,this was a very poor drink.
Manchester City opened their new lego ground close to where this pub used to be.

I walked back onto Ashton New Road and it was not long before i found my next pub to do.

3: The Crossroads
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

These are the sort of pubs i really like going in,a typical looking 70s built estate type pub that was situated on the corner of Ashton New Road and Grey Mare Lane.
Once inside there was a smart lounge and a decent bar,i had a drink in the bar which was very busy with a good mix of locals,the pub had Bass signage outside,but there was just keg Stones Bitter on the bar,this was drinkable.
I was well pleased to get this pub done.

I continued walking along Ashton New Road until i reached Clayton,where there were a few pubs to do.

Clayton

4: Derby Arms
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

Situated on a busy stretch of the Ashton New Road.
I liked the look of the Derby Arms from the outside, probably because it still had its Chesters signage still in place.
Once inside it was a typical two roomed local, i had a drink in the bar which was basic, but decent enough.
There were two real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Chesters Bitter, which was a very nice drink, it was £1.18 a pint.

My next pub was a very short walk and on the other side of the road.

5: Sir Humphrey Chetham
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

A smart looking pub from the outside situated on the busy Ashton New Road.
Once inside the pub was very smart and had been opened out into a single room which was carpeted, there was comfy bench seating and normal tables and chairs.
The pub was a Whitbread tied house, there were two real ales on the bar, i had a drink of Chesters Mild, which was a very nice drink.

6: The Victoria
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

Situated on Croft Street just off Ashton New Road.
The Victoria was a basic back street pub with no brewery signage outside.
Once inside i had a drink in a very basic bar room,there was one real ale on, which was Tetley Bitter which nice drink.

It was a short walk along Croft Street and onto Clayton Lane to get to my next pub.

7: Bridge Inn
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

A decent looking pub situated close to a canal and next to a chemical works.
Once inside the pub had two separate rooms, had a drink in the bar which was pretty basic.
There were two real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Chesters Mild which was a very nice drink.

I walked back up Clayton Lane and onto Ashton New Road and walked back the way i had come to pick up a pub while on my way to Beswick.

Bradford

8: Little Bradford
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
This looked a decent enough pub from the outside,it had a Tetley free house signage and also a Boddingtons sign.
Once inside the pub seemed very dowdy with worn carpets and seating.
There were two real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Tetley's Bitter, which was a decent drink,there was also Boddingtons Bitter.

It was a shortish walk along Ashton New Road and then down Mill Lane to get to the next pub.

Beswick

9: The Bradford
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A very large pub that was a Whitbread tied house.
Once inside the pub had a few different rooms,i had a drink in the bar, which was pretty basic.
There was one real ale on, which was Chesters Bitter, this was a decent drink.

I did a short walk from The Bradford onto the Beswick estate, which looked pretty grim, it was not long before i found a pub to do.

10: The Honeycomb
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

An estate pub on a grim estate, what more could i ask for.
The pub had John Smith's signage outside.
There was a smart lounge and a more basic bar room, i had a drink in the lounge because this room was more busy.
There were no real ales on the bar, i had a drink of keg John Smiths Bitter, which was fizzy.
I was well pleased doing this pub.

Another short walk through the estate and i found an even grimmer looking estate pub.

11: Clock Face
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
I liked the look of this pub so could not wait to get inside.
Once inside there was a lounge and a bar room, i had a drink in the bar room which some would think was a bit on the rough side.
The pub was a Whitbread tied house and there were two real ales on the bar, i had a drink of  Whitbread  Trophy Bitter, which was a decent drink, there was also Boddingtons Bitter.
another pub i was well pleased with.

I walked off the Beswick estate and onto Ashton Old Road.

12: Old House at Home
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
I had seen this pub loads of times when passing on train while on the Nottingham to Glasgow train which stopped at Manchester Victoria train station.
The pub was originally a Wilsons tied house, but by the time i got round to doing it Belhaven were running it.
Once inside the pub was quite small and basic, i had a drink in the bar which was pretty run down.
There was one real ale on, which was Tetley Bitter, this was a decent drink.

I carried on walking along Ashton Old Road heading towards Manchester City Centre, but i would stop off at Ardwick to pick up some more pubs.

Ardwick

13: Kings Head
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
  
Situated on Chancellor Lane and close to the train lines going into Piccadilly train station.
Once inside the pub was quite smart and bare boarded, there were three real ales on the bar, i had a drink of Wilsons Mild which was a really nice drink, the other real ales were John Smiths Bitter on hand pump and Theakstons Bitter.

The next pub was a short walk down Chancellor Lane and onto Higher Ardwick.

14: The Union
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
This looked decent enough from the outside and was set in a fairly quiet area of Ardwick.
Once inside the pub had a couple of decent rooms that were comfortable.
The pub was a Burtonwood tied house, so i was well pleased as i like Burtonwood beers, there were two real ales on the bar, i had a drink of Burtonwood Bitter £1.10 a pint, which was a very nice drink.
This was a very pleasant pub to have a drink in.

It was a short walk to get to Ardwick Green where there were two more pubs close together.

15: The Church
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A Wilsons tied house that was operating under the Chef & Brewer banner.
Once inside the pub had a single room that was very plush and also very busy with posh looking people who were dining.
There were three real ales on the bar, i had a drink of Wilsons Bitter £1.34 a pint, which was a decent drink, the other real ales were Websters Yorkshire Bitter and Courage Directors.
I was very surprised to find a posh upmarket pub like this in an inner city area.

16: The Park
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
Situated on Cotter Street and also close to Ardwick Green.
This looked like a decent well kept pub from the outside and it was also a Burtonwood tied house.
Once inside the pub had a couple of rooms, i had a drink in the bar which was a pleasant room to have a drink in.
There were two real ales on, i had a drink of Burtonwood Bitter which went down very well, the other real ale was Burtonwood Mild.

It was a short walk from Ardwick Green to get to my next pub which was at the side of the Apollo Theatre.

17: Aspley Cottage
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
Situated on Aspley Grove just off the busy A6
The pub looked quite nice from the outside.
Once inside there were two rooms, i went in the room to the left which was a complete dump and also freezing cold as there was no heating on.
The pub was a Wilsons tied house, there were no real ales on, i had a drink of keg Wilsons Bitter which was a pretty poor drink.
When i did this pub it was very sad, i do hope it has improved over the years.

I walked into Manchester city centre to do one last pub before getting my bus back to Nottingham.

Manchester City Centre

18: Lass O' Gowrie
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A decent looking pub situated on a side street.
Once inside the pub was quite smart and comfortable.
The pub was a Whitbread home brew pub when i did it, there were a few real ales on the bar, i had a drink of Lass Bitter which was brewed in the pub, this was a decent drink to end my pub crawl on.