Sunday, 10 September 2017

Falmouth The Hand & Craft Crap 13th August 2017

This is not a pub crawl like i normally do on this blog but a post about crap craft sludge we had the misfortune to drink in the Hand Bar in Falmouth.
I decided to post about this as i had read Tandelman's Where there's Murk,there's Brass. http://tandlemanbeerblog.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/where-theres-murk-theres-brass.html.

We were on our second day in Falmouth  and starting to find out where pubs were and get on with doing all of them,i had warned my wife that we may bump into a crap overpriced craft bar at some point and have to drink some of it,she shrugged this off and did not think about it.

Well it came home to roost on a Sunday night while we were doing pubs in Falmouth.
We had had a walk up the Old High Street and a second visit to the Boat House,which my wife liked a lot,we were walking back down the High Street when we both spotted a court yard with what looked like a bar at the end of it,we had to go and see if it was a bar,it was so went straight in to what was at best a basic if not crummy two roomed bar,and even worse it was a craft beer bar.

 The Hand Bar
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
My wife took a seat near the bar and i went to the bar to order two drinks,then i noticed a sign saying NO REAL ALES,there were also no handpumps,so not sure how they would serve it anyway,i was by now well out of my comfort zone as all of the keg fonts had beers on that i had never heard of and some far too strong for us,i was also lacking a beard which seemed to the order of the day here.
I then realised we were in a craft bar and i had to make a decision as to what to get to drink,i soon thought i would have a half as i did not have the fainest idea what i was about to order,i asked for two half of Verdant Some Fifty Summers as this was the weakest beer at 4.6%,it was poured and looked like sludge,we both stared at it,then i had a drink of this crap craft sludge,it tasted really bad like no drink i have ever had before,my wife took a sip and said what is this crap you have got me,i confessed i did not know,we were soon taking photos of the drinks as they looked so bad.
Two halfs of Verdant Some Fifty Summers

 My wife had yet to take a sip of this overpriced rubbish when i took a photo of it,but she was soon moaning about how bad it tasted and took photos from her smart phone,while we were talking about how bad it tasted and looked my wife came up as to how craft brewers brew their crap,she said that drink looks worse than the dregs at the bottom of my home brewed beer barrel and mine would taste a lot better,so she came to the conclusion that craft brewers get the dregs from larger breweries and ferment it again to get crap like this.

Not my normal type of post but mine and my wifes reply to what we think of crap craft beer.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Falmouth Holiday Day 1 Saturday 12th August 2017

This was our first proper weeks holiday for many years after our kids had grown up and decided not to go with us anymore.
So were well looking forward to going to Falmouth for a week and to boot we were staying in a pub that my wife had sorted out for our weeks stay there,the pub was the Seaview Inn and did have great views over the harbour and the River Fal.

The journey down was long and over seven hours but was cheap as yet again my wife had  booked the train tickets from Nottingham to Falmouth and back,there were a few changes along the journey with changes at Birmingham,Newton Abbot and Truro,we had cans of proper Guinness and Kronenbourg 1856 or whatever it is called to drink on the way down,we finally arrived into Falmouth just after 3pm,a bit of a walk uphill from Falmouth Town train station and getting slightly lost due to the lack of street names,we was soon is sight of the Seaview Inn,it was not long before we were on our way down stairs for our drink in the Seaview Inn.

Falmouth

1: Seaview Inn
Photo taken by Alan Winfield our base
 
A decent looking pub that was much better inside with a single room which ran the width of the pub and wrapped around the bar,the front area had bench seating and normal tables and chairs,there was a pool table to the rear,the room was carpeted and had a low ceiling,all in all a very nice and comfortable room to have a drink in and good views over the harbour.
There were three real ales on the bar,we had a pint and a half of Cotleigh 25 which went down well,there was also Sharps Sea Fury and Doom Bar on,the choice of beers on the bar changed through the week apart from the Doom Bar.
We really liked the pub and had drinks in it over the week,more to come on drinks had there on other days.

It was a short walk that was slightly down hill to our next pub.

2: Jacob's Ladder
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A decent looking pub with some nice hanging baskets outside.
Once inside the pub was not so good and seemed a bit scruffy,there was a square shaped room with the bar on the left side,the room was bare boarded,the seating just a few normal tables and chairs,there was a smaller room to the right through an opened out doorway to the front right which had a few settees,a room to the rear had a pool table in it.
There was one real ale on the bar which was Doom Bar,we had two halfs of it and it was a decent drink.
The background music was decent,but we found out that this is a pub that hosts live bands.

We soon found out why the pub was called Jacob's Ladder as it is opposite the steps that go down to the town centre,which are called Jacobs ladder,there were loads of steep steps and we were told there were 109 of them.

We were now in the middle of Falmouth and having a look round to see where the pubs were and a look round a few shops.
I soon clocked two pubs and told my wife so she could choose which one to do first,but with women being more observant than men,she told me the Wodehouse Tavern was closed,so it was to be the Seven Stars across the market place..

3: Seven Stars
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A nice looking pub that is set back from the market place.
Once inside my wife took an instant dislike to the pub and said "i am going outside to sit where it is less scruffy.
The pub did look scruffy to me also,so it must be a pub the Camra members like,i was right as when i took the drinks outside there were loads of old GBG stickers on the windows.
The inside had a narrow room to the front where the bar faced on entry,there was a stone floor that looked worn and scruffy and basic bench seating and small stools for seating,a smaller room to the rear which had pew seats,there was a separate room to the right which was for people drinking gins and pymms.
The choice of real ales was good as you would expect in a scruffy pub that camra types like.
We had a pint and a half of Bass which was poured from a barrel on a stillage,this was a decent drink that went down well while watching the world go by while sat on a picnic bench outside the pub,the other real ales noted were St Austell Lucky 7,Skinners Lushingtons and Sharps Atlantic,there were real ciders and maybe a few more real ales that i could not be bothered to note,we had to go to the toilets which were just as scruffy.
This is one of the Falmouth pubs that we would not do again.

We now decided to walk down to the harbour area looking in shops,our next pub was pretty close to where the small ferries went to St Mawes and Flushing.
A story of the St Mawes ferry in a later post.

4: Prince of Wales
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A typical looking town pub and the sort of pub that we like doing.
The pub is situated at the bottom of the old High Street.
Once inside there is a single square shaped room with the bar on the right side,the seating is comfy bench seating and some normal tables and chairs in the middle of the room,the pool table was covered up,the TV was showing football.
There were four real ales on the bar,we had a pint and a half of St Austell Proper Job,which was a very nice drink,there was also St Austell Tribute,St Austell Lemon Drop and Bass on the bar.
We both liked this proper pub and would do it a few more times over the week.

By now all the shops had closed and we were in full drinking mode,we walked up the old High Street passing a couple of pubs to get views over the harbour and River Fal,which were great.
It was a short steep walk uphill to get to our next pub.

5: The Boathouse
Photo taken by Alan Winfield


Not the best looking pub we had done up to now,but the signs saying all aboard took our fancy,we like corny signs like that.
Up some steps and we were in the main room after passing a crummy lower room with a darts board and and outside covered drinking and smoking area.
The main room was quite nice with the bar to the rear,the room was bare boarded and the seating bench type and chairs,there were great views over the River Fal from this room towards Flushing,we enjoyed watching the ferrys and boats coming and going while sat in this nice pub.
There were two real ales on the bar,we had a pint and a half of St Austell Tribute,which went down well while looking at the views outside,the other real ale was from Wickwar brewery.
We would visit this pub again as we quite liked it here,a comfy pub with great views and smart inside.
Another pub that we would revisit as we liked it.

I had spied the Greenbank Hotel in the distance which was right next to the river,a short walk downhill and we was outside what looked like a very posh pub that would be to smart for us.
My wife with views of the River Fal Estuary


6: Greenbank Hotel
Greenbank Hotel Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
Once inside the pub was very smart and busy with posh smart looking people who were ordering drinks at their tables,so i went to the bar and asked for a half of St Austell Tibute and a slimline tonic for the wife,this round was a lot cheaper than i thought it would be.
The room looked quite smart and far too upmarket for us to be comfortable in,the bar faced inwards and the seating was bench seating and posh tables and chairs plus two settees,there was a separate dining room where the posh people would have their posh meals.
There was one more real ale on the bar which was from Longrock brewery,too strong for me to drink.

It was now a walk back uphill while looking at the nice views and to the top of the High Street for our next pub.

7: Star & Garter
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
This looked like a nice proper pub from the outside.
But once inside it was not quite as good with a good area of the room with the good views set aside for diners only.
The room was T shaped with the bar to the front left,the floor bare boarded,there was bench seating and chairs to the front where we had to sit,normal tables in the middle area an bench seating in bays to the rear where the diners were sitting,the views over the River Fal estuary were great.
There were three real ales on the bar,we had halfs of Sharps Atlantic,which was a decent drink,there was also Skinners Star & Garter and Driftwood Spar Red River Rye on the bar.
The pub was quite busy on our Saturday night visit.

We now walked back down the old High Street and to the bottom where our next pub was.
We were getting a bit hungry so we shared a fish from the chip shop which was opposite Finn MC'Coul's

8: Finn MC'oul's
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A corner pub that had seating on different levels,we stuck to the ground floor level which had the bar on the rear left side,the room was a irregular shaped and the TVs were showing Mo Farra in the 5000 meters race.
There were two real ales on the bar,we had a pint and a half of Sharps Atlantic,which went down well after the fish,the other real ale was Sharps Doom Bar.
There was a good lively atmosphere and background music was playing,my wife liked this pub.

We now took a walk along the main shopping street looking for a few more pubs,it was not long before we found our next pub.

9: The Grapes
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A corner pub situated in the main shopping area of Falmouth.
The bar faces if you enter from the side entrance like we did,the pub has a decent sized single room which is part bare boarded and carpeted,the seating is normal tables and chairs,there were good views of Flamouth harbour from the rear of the room.
There was a decent choice of real ales on the bar,we had a pint and a half of Skinners Lushingtons,which was a very nice drink,there was also Skinners Cornish Knocker,Exmoor Ale and Doom Bar on the bar.
We were happy enough having a drink in this pub until i went to the toilet,when i came back my wife was stood up looking bemused as the table we had been sitting at was not there anymore,they had cleared the middle area of the pub to make way for dancing before there was any live music,we were pretty pissed off and soon left like a lot of other drinkers who had been displaced.
We would do this pub again during the day when it would be better.

We walked further down the main shopping street and soon found another pub.

10: The Kings
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
Situated on a kink in the road the Kings looked a bit posy for us,but we went in no matter what it was like.
There was a single oblong shaped room inside with the bar on the rear left side,the floor was bare boarded and the seating normal tables and chairs and tall posing tables and chairs,there was also a small area to the front left which was carpeted and had settees.
For a pub like this i was surprised to see three real ales on the bar,we had two half of Rebel Surfbum IPA,which was a decent drink,there was also Skinners Porthleven and Bath Ales Spa on the bar.
There was loud background music playing and the pub soon started to fill up,it was banging by the time we left.

As this was our first day in Falmouth and my first pubs done in Cornwall we went back the way we came and back up Jacobs ladder to get back to the Seaview Inn and for a quick last drink.

Saturday done,days out would get more hairy some frightening and worrying in the days to come

 



 

 

Monday, 31 July 2017

Wallasey, New Brighton,Liscard,Wallasey Village & 1 in Liverpool Crawl 28th May 2016

This was my first visit to Liverpool for many years as i do not really like the City,but the £22 return train ticket from Nottingham to Liverpool was a bargain or so i thought at the time of booking it,i decided to get a Mersey Rail day ticket which was cheap and go to Wallasey.
I arrived in Liverpool early well before 10am so i took a walk to Liverpool central station taking photos of pubs i had done in Liverpool many years ago with the wife when Higsons was still brewing beers for their tied estate.
On a Mersey Rail train from Liverpool Central and i was on my way to New Brighton to do the Wetherspoons pub there.

New Brighton

1: The Master Mariner
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

A Wetherspoons pub that is on New Brighton's promenade.
Once inside there is an irregular shaped room with the standard Wetherspoons seating,there is an upstairs room that would have given good views of the Mersey towards Bootle and Crosby,but it was closed due to my early Saturday Morning visit.
The guest beer choice was pretty poor,i had a drink of Dunscar Gold which was not to my taste.
A bad start to a pub crawl that would get no better.

I went straight back to New Brighton train station to get a train to Wallasey Village station for a walk into Liscard where the bulk of the pubs i would do were.
As soon as i got off the train my problems started,i looked into my carrier bag for my hand drawn map of Liscard and Wallasey Village and up to the Mersey,but i had forgot to take it with me,so i had no idea where i was walking and i had wasted a lot of time drawing the map.
So i had to go back to my old way of pub crawling by asking locals for directions firstly to Liscard and then where the pubs were in the Liscard area.
I got a bit lost on what turned out to be a longer walk than i thought it would be and i ended up entering the centre of Liscard from a different direction than i thought i would,i soon found the Wetherspoons as it was still not 11am yet.

Liscard

2: The Clairville
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

This Wetherspoons looked more like an amusement arcade from the outside than a pub.
I took a photo of the pub and then crossed the road to go in,when i got close to the entrance i heard someone saying "oys you" in a strong scouse accent,so i looked who was shouting it and it was a big bloke with a skinhead and two mates who looked unfriendly,big bloke says "delete the photo you have taken of me now" I said no i will not delete it,he asked me again to delete it and i refused again and walked into the pub to get a drink.
There was a decent choice of real ales on the bar,i went for a drink of Tectonic Chestnut Ale,which went down very well.
I thought this was a decent Wetherspoons despite the dickheads i encountered outside.
On a closer inspection of my photo at a later date i noticed that the people who said were on the photo outside were not,but inside near the door,if you are able to look at larger  images of photos i add to my blog you can see them on a posing table to the right of the door.

There were plenty of pubs to do in Liscard and i soon found my next one without having to ask for directions.

3: Dukes
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

A large Corner pub which is next to a busy road junction in the middle of Liscard.
I was not sure what the signs saying we want beer were about,all i knew was that i wanted beer.
There was a decent sized single L shaped room inside which had comfy bench seating which i like.
There was one real ale on the bar Which was Doom Bar,this was a decent drink.
They were also doing decent looking breakfasts which were cheap,a shame as i had already scoffed a load of Sandwiches on my way up to Liverpool.

It was a short walk to my next pub,but things would get more complicated as i wanted to do all pubs in Liscard which has a lot of back street pubs.

4: Royal Oak
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

This was a fairly large looking stand alone pub that was just off the main shopping area in Liscard.
Once inside there was a long oblong shaped room running to the rear with a long bar on the left side,there was a stage to the rear,there was some comfy bench seating to sit on.
No real ales on here and even the keg Banks's Bitter was off,so i had a drink of Guinness which seems to get blander by the year.
This is a live music pub that some would consider rough,but not in my books compared to some pubs i have been in.
On my short visit i head music from Led Zepplin and Oasis.
I quite like pubs like this.

Another short walk and i found my first proper Estate looking pub of the day.

5: The Queens
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

The pub has the usual two roomed layout,i had a drink in the bar room to the left,which looked quite smart with it being carpeted and having comfy bench seating which i did not sit on,the lounge to the right looked smarter and was not in use on my Saturday dinner visit,i got the impression that they might do food at busier times.
There were no real ales on the bar,i had a bad option of John Smiths Extra Cold or tasteless Guinness,what would i go for,it was the Guinness which was slightly better than the one in the Royal Oak.
As i said before i did not sit down and the pub was empty,but i stood at the bar and chatted to the friendly lady behind it,i soon got round to asking where pubs were on my list which i had remembered to take with me,it was not long before she got some paper and was drawing me a rough map of where pubs were.
This was a great help,you do find some really helpful people while doing a pub crawl that most would never think of doing.

With my new map of pubs i was soon on my way into the back streets to get to my next pub.

6: Misty Blues
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

I was told about this pub by the friendly landlady in The Queens,it was a bonus pub as it was not on my list to do.
Misty Blues is a pub that is housed in a part of a larger old building,the entrance is on the left side of the building.
Once inside there was a decent sized oblong shaped room that was carpeted and had comfy bench seating,what more could you ask for in a pub,well real ale would be one,but this is Liscard and real ale is not that readily available here,so it was a drink of John Smiths Extra Cold,which was Extra Cold and extra crap.
The pub seemed quite smart and comfortable inside,so not sure why the friendly landlord was trying to direct everybody who came in to the outside area which looked like a dump,but he did say it was work in progress.

Bonus pub done and a short walk down Manor Road and into the back streets proper.

7: Saddle Inn
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

This was a really nice looking pub set on a back street.
Once inside the pub had a smart looking main room which was oblong shaped and was carpeted and had comfy bench seating and small stools,the other separate room had a pool table in it and leather bench seating.
There were no real ales on the bar and i was left with a choice of two keg bitters,i opted for the Worthington Cream Crap,which was crap,but probably better that the John Smiths Extra Cold Crap.
This was a very pleasant pub to have a drink in,just a shame it did not have one real ale on.

It was a short walk through the back streets to get to my next few pubs,which were all quite close to each other.

8: The Primrose
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

Another nice looking pub with a brewers tudor upper half.
The pub was quite nice inside with a small island bar to the front and lots of wood panneling,there was a nice wood arch to the rear area where there was comfy bench seating and a fully functional table top space invaders machine.
There were no real ales on the bar,which was a shame,i had a drink of John Smiths Extra Cold,which was cold and crap.
This was a very pleasant pub to have a drink in.

I had to walk through more back streets to get to my next pub and i was getting closer to the River Mersey.

9: Lord Nelson
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

A decent looking corner pub with Bass signage outside.
There was a L shaped room which was part carpeted and bare boarded,the seating was bench seating and chairs,there was also a separate pool room.
No real ales on here,but there was a choice of two keg bitters,what would i do with this choice,i opted for the Worthington Cream Crap,which was a pretty poor drink,the other keg bitter was Tetley Smooth.
Another decent pub that lacked any real ales.

It was a very short walk to my next pub,but this pub was well hidden into the back streets.

10: The Wellington
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

This is a very basic pub inside with a single U shaped room with the bar to the rear right,the right side has a lino floor and bench seating,the left side is carpeted and has a pool table and bench seating,there was a TV above the entrance showing day time TV.
There were yet again no real ales on the bar,the only keg bitter was John Smiths Smooth Crap,which was a poor drink.
I was well pleased to do this very basic back street pub.

It was another short walk and i was next to the River Mersey where my next couple of pubs to do would be.

11: The Vaults
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

This is the business a really basic looking corner pub,just the sort of pub i really like going in,i could not wait to see what it was like inside.
There was a decent sized single oblong shaped room which ran to the rear where the bar was,there was bench seating on either side of the room and it was carpeted,there was a separate pool room down steps to the rear.
No real ales on the bar so it was a drink of John Smiths Extra Cold Crap yet again,which was crap.
The pub was busy with lots of old boys in.
A top pub to do,i was well pleased.

It was a short walk down a steep hill to my next pub which gave great views of Liverpool and Bootle.

12: The Ferry
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
View across the River Mersey of Liverpool from outside The Ferry
View across the River Mersey of Bootle from outside The ferry

Originally called The Egremont Ferry,so probably in the Egremont area but i lumped all pubs into Liscard.
A decent looking pub from the outside and the views are great,but once inside the pub was a bit of a let down.
The bar faces in an oblong shaped room that has for some strange reason had fixed tall bench seating in three bays with tables,very difficult to get seated in on my visit when the pub was almost empty.
After my long run of keg only pub it seemed strange to see hand pumps on the bar and three of them all in working order,i had a drink of Ferry Bitter which was Tetley Bitter rebadged,there was also Moorhouses Blond Witch and Doom Bar on.
There was a separate dining room up some steps to the left which i hope was more comfortable than the bar room.

I now had to do the long treck back to the middle of Liscard to do more pubs,i knew my way as i retraced my steps and i got a bat on and was soon in sight of my next pub.

13: The Tower
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

A great looking pub with a tower block behind it,just what i like to see.
Once inside the pub has two separate rooms i opted for the bar room to the rear right which was a mistake as there was no real ales in this room,so i ended up with a drink of John Smiths Extra Cold Crap,which was crap,the lounge was larger and quite smart and there was an hand pump that was functional.
The pub is just off  Liscards shopping area so handy for shoppers.

A short walk along Mill Lane and i was in my next pub which i knew would have real ales on as it is a Micro Pub.

14: The Lazy Landlord
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

Like most micro pubs it is set in a row of shops and was more than likely a shop in the past.
Once inside there is a small oblong shaped room with the bar to the rear right,there is pew seating.
There were four real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Salopian Oracle,which went down well,the other real ales were Lazy Landlord Best Bitter,Cairngorm Trade Winds and one from Wentwell brewery,so no unknown beers that micro pubs normally like to stock.
I am not a big fan of micro pubs but this one seemed more down to earth and better for it.

I had to walk back up to Liscards main shopping street and past Dukes to go up Seaview Road to get to my next pub.

15: Stanleys
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

A strange looking stand alone pub situated away form the middle of Liscard.
Once inside there is an L shaped room with the bar to the rear right,the room is split level with the rear area being down two steps,the seating is tall tables and chairs to the front plus a large table and chairs.
There were two real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Theakston Lightfoot which was a very nice drink,there was also Theakston Old Peculiar on the bar.
The pub was quite busy with drinkers on my Saturday afternoon visit.
I thought this was worth the walk to do it.

It was a walk back down Seaview Road and through the middle of Liscard to get to my next pub.

16: The Boot
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

A large pub that is situated at the end of Liscard's shopping street.
Once inside the bar faces in a large single oblong shaped room which runs the width of the pub,the room looked quite smart and had normal tables and chairs for seating.
There was one real ale on the which was Salopian Shropshire Gold,this was a very nice drink.
A shame that the pub was almost empty on my Saturday afternoon visit.
Maybe the good people of Liscard prefer drinking John Smiths 
Extra Cold.

I now had to start walking back towards Wallasey Village and do any pubs along the route.

17: The Ship
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A decent looking pub that is roughly midway between Liscard and the posher Wallasey Village.
There is a decent sized single L shaped room that had comfy bench seating and chairs,there was also a pool table in the room.
There were no real ales on the bar,i had a drink of John Smiths Smooth Crap,which lived up to its name.
Sadly this pub has now closed down.

I carried on walking along Breck Road and was soon in my next pub.

Wallasey Village

18: Cheshire Cheese
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

A decent looking bare brick built pub.
Once inside there was a corridor which lead to a decent looking lounge which was carpeted and had comfy bench seating and small stools for seating,a very cosy looking room that i could settle in if not on a pub crawl.
There were pumps on the bar,but no clips when i asked the young Landlord if there were any real ales on,he said "there is a beer festival going on outside with with lots of real ales,he then said i will put two real ales on in the lounge",i had a drink of Thwaites Wainwright which went down very well,he also put on Theakstons Best.
There was also a smaller separate bar room to the front left.
A very pleasant pub.

Another short walk along the same road i was in my next pub.

19: Sheridans
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A large and gawdy looking pub with lots of banners outside advertising what was going off inside,Roasts,BT Sport,Sky Sport and any other sport that you could get.
Once inside there was a small bar room to the front and a much larger lounge to the rear which seemed more popular,so i a drink in it,the room was quite nice with it being carpeted and having bench seating and chairs.
There was one real ale on which was Marstons Help For Heroes,this was a decent drink.
Food was being served but did not take over the pub and there was a good mix of drinkers which i like to see.

I passed the road which lead to Wallasey Village station and was soon in another pub.

20: Farmers Arms
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A decent looking pub that still had its old Higsons signage in place.
The pub looked like it had been opened out inside but still retained three separate drinking areas,with a small snug to the front and a larger lounge area to the rear which was carpeted and had comfy bench seating.
There were four real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Black Sheep Bitter,which went down well.
I thought this was a very pleasant pub to have a drink in,just a shame i could not get a drink of Higsons Bittter here anymore.

Another very short walk and on the opposite side of the road and i was in my next pub.

21: The Lighthouse
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
This looks more like a modern pub but it looked decent enough to me from the outside and there were plenty of people drinking outside,so it must be popular.
Once inside there was a decent sized single L shaped room that was carpeted and had comfy bench seating and bucket chairs.
Food was being served,but did not take over the pub and you could sit anywhere in the pub,which is a good thing.
The pub is a Greene King tied house,there was a decent choice of Greene King real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Greene King Purple Reign which went down well,there was also a guest beer on from Nottinghamshire with it being Springhead Roaring Meg,a bit too strong for me after going in 21 pubs.

I now had to take a right turn after a short walk along the same road i had been on for a while,i went up Grove Road to what would be my last pub in Wallasey.

22: The Nelson
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

A large decent looking pub in the brewers tudor style,but spoilt by the horrible orange flaming grill signage which blights lots of pubs around the country.
 Once inside there is a large L shaped room with the usual raised areas that these type of pubs always seem to have.
There were two real ales on,i had a drink of Greene King IPA which was decent enough,the other beer was Greene King Abbot.
Food is the big draw to this pub.

All i had to now was walk back down Grove Road over the main road and down to Wallasey Grove Road train station.
It was not long before i was getting off the train at Liverpool Lime Street.
I had plenty of time to do one last pub which was right next to Lime Street station.

Liverpool City Centre

Crown Hotel
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
A large pub that still sported its gawdy looking Walkers of Warrington signage,i can remember drinking Walkers beers in Liverpool in the mid 80s.
Once inside the pub still has two separate rooms,the front room is square shaped and has bench seating and small stools,the rear room is much nicer with it being carpeted and having bench type seating and chairs,there is also a very ornate ceiling in this room.

It was a short walk to Lime Street station to get my train back to Nottingham.

The pub crawl went well enough after all the help from the landlady in The Queens gave me,i went from keg only pubs in Liscard to dining pubs in a very posh area of Wallasey Village.
Most pubs done would not enter a Camra members mind to visit and most were proper drinkers pubs and none had diner only areas.
So despite what some say on other blogs there are still lots of proper pubs left to do if you do not mind what type of pub you do.

Will i go to Merseyside again for a pub crawl,well i have my doubts about that.
 




Thursday, 20 July 2017

Nottingham's Closed Pubs Part Three, Clifton

This will be a short list of Cliftons closed pubs,it will be short as Clifton never had that many pubs in the first place.
Clifton was a very large post war estate built to the South of the River Trent and fairly close to the nice village of Ruddington.

Clifton Bridge Inn
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
The Clifton Bridge Inn was a decent estate pub that served the small Silverdale estate that was next to Clifton and next to the Clifton flyover,it was situated on Brookthorpe Way.
It had the usual two room estate pub layout with a bar and smarter lounge.
When i first did this pub it was an Home Ales tied house with a decent drink of Home Bitter and Mild on the bar.
Sadly the pub closed down in 2010 and was boarded up for a few years,it was finally pulled down around 2015.
I first went in the Clifton Bridge Inn on the 20th February 1983.
Photo taken 13th June 2009

Grey Mare 
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

The Grey Mare was a large Shipstones tied house that was situated on Farnborough Road.
The pub had a few different rooms,i have only been in the pub twice,the first time was back in 1983 when it had a decent drink of Shipstones Bitter and Mild on the bar.
When i returned to take a photo of the pub it had no real ales and just John Smiths smooth crap on the bar.
This pub has now sadly closed down.
Grey Mare first visited 20th July 1983.
Photo taken 13th June 2009

Man of Trent
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
The Man of Trent was a very large pub that was situated on the busy A453 which runs through Clifton.
The pub was a Shipstones tied house when i first went in it,there was a decent drink of Shipstones Bitter and Mild on the bar.
The pub had a large bar and lounge and large function room.
In later years the pub stopped doing any real ales.
The Man of Trent was pulled down around 2013 and they built a crap donalds on its site.
What a shame as it used to be a decent pub.
Man of Trent first visited 20th July 1983.
Photo taken 13th June 2009.

The Winning Post
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
The Winning Post was an Home Ales tied house that was situated on Farnborough Road.
The pub had the usual two roomed layout that most estate pubs that i have been in have,there was a basic bar and a more comfortable lounge,the Home Bitter and Mild were decent enough drinks here.
On a later visit the pub only had keg beers on the bar like John Smiths smooth crap.
Sadly the Winning Post is no more as it has been pulled down.
Winning Post first visited 14th February 1983.
Photo taken 13th June 2009.

This is a sad tale of more of Nottingham's closed pub stock.

The tram now goes to Clifton and there are still three pubs left there to do.

The Peacock  Southchurch Drive
The Fareham  Farnborough Road
The Crusader  Hartness Road,next to A453


 

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Long Eaton,Home Brew & Stapleford 8th July 2017

This was a not a pub crawl but the day turned out to be a massive drinking session with my wife.
We had to go down to Sawley in Long Eaton to choose what would go into our two new bathrooms,after an hour choosing tiles and flooring and the like we were well ready for our first drink of the day.
A short bus ride from Sawley to the middle of Long Eaton and we was straight into our first pub of the day.

The Oxford
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
Photo taken by Alan Winfield


A large ex Smith & Jones that was originally called The Lockstone,it was converted from the old gas showrooms,after the demise of Smith & Jones the pub changed its name to The Oxford,a pub i visit quite often when in Long Eaton.
The pub is quite large inside with a single room,a long bar runs down the left side and there are tall tables and chairs opposite the bar,the left side is raised and has very comfortable bench seating.
On the beer front in can be a bit of a hit or miss,i have had Leeds Best and on other occasions there in no real ales on the bar,yesterday it was Courage Best,which was a very nice proper brown bitter,i had two pints and the wife two halfs of it and we had a really nice cheese and onion cob each.

We got the bus back to  Stapleford and back home by 2pm,we were straight on my home brewed Mild,i went on my lap top and looked at Retired Martins blog making a few comments while getting ready for a early visit to our local Wetherspoons for a bite to eat before the main drinking session in our local.

 A pint of my home brewed Mild on the worktop during a break from drinking in pubs.

Bottles of home brewed Mild down my cellar,the beer brews in the room to the right which is in darkness,a brew was ready to bottle the next day.
The barrel on the right has Burton Bridge Porter in it,the empty box of beer to the left had just under 40 pints of Nottingham EPA in it.
The room to the right is much larger and i am able to do two brews at the same time,there is decent lighting power points and a radiator down my cellar.


Admiral Sir John Borlace Warren
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
This is a very smart new build Wetherspoons that was built on the site of the old Stapleford health centre.
The pub opened in February 2012 and was a great addition to Staplefords dismal drinking scene.
I am not being biased when i say this is one of the best Wetherspoons i have done,it is not as large as the Wetherspoons in the middle of Nottingham,but it is in a small town in the Nottingham conurbation,so does not need to too big.
The pub has three areas and is very smart,the service is the best i have ever had in a Wetherspoons,early last night i was asked if i was waiting to be served while being served,i had three pints of Nottingham EPA and the wife two pints of Nottingham EPA and a neat double cognac,we also had a ham & cheese toastie to set us up for a good nights drinking.

After just over an hour and a half and just after 8pm we did the short walk down Staplefords grotty main road and into our local at the bottom of the street where we live.

Midland Hotel
Photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
Photo taken by Alan Winfield



 
Photo taken by Alan Winfield

This was originally a Shipstones tied house with quite a few rooms inside and it also had games arcade.
We used to go in this pub loads of times even when we lived closer to the middle of Stapleford and we had some great Sunday nights in there with my Mam & Dad.
I took my young baby son down there in the late 80s to have a drink while my wife was working a twilight shift in a factory.
Sadly it was deemed to be a too working class pub and was to be done up in the early 90s,it was said that locals would not be made welcome and it was to be a food pub with no pool table or darts board and no table football.
If the pub planners had any idea of the area The Midland was in they would have soon realised that this new venture was doomed before it started.
Six months later no food was being served and the pool table and darts board had reappeared then the table football was back.
The Midland had lost the hotel from it name but was a proper locals pub,but it was now one room but on Different levels and fairly smart.
The pub started to have live groups on and it needed a do up,so in 2015 the pub had a very big makeover and they put a false raised area in the main bar area,the pub looked very smart and they installed loads of TVs showing sports,but when the football season was on it was always football.
With The Midland being in Stapleford it has always been a big Forest pub.
We went in last night and met up with quite a few friends to watch a group that was said to be good,the group was better than good and was great,they did covers from The Farm,Oasis,James,Pulp and the like,the beer was flowing and we decided to have a dance along with other people.
The night flew by and before we knew it at 12 last orders were called so two more pints and two halfs of Doom Bar,the Doom Bar was a very nice drink and nice and cool on a warm evening.
Some camra types may not ever visit a pub like the Midland as the real ale is a bit hit and miss and they probably would not drink Doom Bar.
But this is our local that we have been going in since the late 80s.
A proper pub in a very working class area.

My wife woke me up this morning just after 11am and i had no hangover but did feel slightly out of sorts.

This was a great day out drinking and we only went in three pubs.