I finished the Cheshire Guide entries at the weekend, and the county’s new GBG pubs were as varied as you could hope. There was a clutch of entries south of Northwich, many with the irksome opening hours that Beer Guide tickers love so much.
I seem to have missed Moulton off my travels, and I doubt even the charms of the Lion will have folk beating a path along the A533.Moulton reminded me of works villages like Gin Pit in Astley, which also had a real community pub. While Gin Pit’s club did Holts, the Lion had a rather more ambitious range.
What stood out is the presence of beer locals would know (Landlord and Jennings), but I took a punt on the Merlin’s (Arthur pint as the Landlord noted), and judged it beer of the day (NBSS 3.5).
After a few too much pretension lately, this was a proper Friday night experience, complete with cheese club, moody looking youths and Rugby League on TV.
Local Pub of the Year, and rightly so on this show. Shame about the jam jars though.