Enough of pub toilets. For a while.
The Good Beer Guide giveth. The Good Beer Guide taketh. This is particularly true of the new GBG pubs in Greater Manchester. So after a rare trip to the hitherto unknown Dukinfield out east last month, an even rarer trip west of the M60 to Cadishead. Why this counts as a Salford suburb rather than a village in its own right I can’t guess.
It’s a part of the world I tend to avoid due to the likelihood of chancing upon footballers from Stretford in Carrington, or stray woolybacks*. The chance of spotting traffic on the Manchester Ship Canal isn’t really a draw.
I rather suspected it would take a micropub to get Irlam or Cadishead into the Guide, but I was glad of the excuse to visit a quiet High Street with some impressive street art.
A series of panels serve as an informal social history museum. For a sense of the modern suburb, a ten minute walk along Liverpool Road throws up three pubs, three clubs, umpteen takeaways and a car parts shop called Awesome. I could have guessed all of those.
I could have guessed what the Grocers would look like too, and that the beer from Brightside would be NBSS 3 and cost about £3 (£2.80 from memory). It was busy and buzzy and clearly just what Cadishead needed.
Bench seating, friendly Salfordians, cheap decent beer; what more could you want ? Only somewhere to hide, but that’s not why you go to micropubs is it ? (see here)
* I used to work with one and he was proud of the term, oddly enough. I hope it doesn’t get me banned from St Helens as I still have a pub to do there.
Five points for connecting the post title to the place.