As you’ll note from the areas not coloured in on my Philip Navigator, I haven’t been everywhere in the UK yet. It’s only a year since I first went to Cambourne, a place I’d always written off before my revelatory trip introduced me to its graceful Methodist architecture and Portuguese patisseries.
You should be prepared to be surprised by every new UK visit.
And so it proved with Immingham, as handsome a working town as any in North East Lincolnshire.
The town’s lower profile, compared to Great Grimsby or Ulceby, owes more to the lack of a true classic chippy than any aesthetic shortcomings. I bought haddock and chips from Smiths Ideal Fisheries on Grimsby’s Yarborough Road, scoffed them on a bench on King’s Road, and watched the big boats bringing in the craft beer, or probably Kopparberg.
It was all quite pleasant for a fan of industrial heritage and modern shopping.
And now Immingham has a Beer Guide entry, or close enough. The Station Inn in Habrough is a leisurely chicken run across the A180, one of England’s classic roads; its ribbed concrete surface makes it the noisiest road in the United Kingdom
A fairly trad line-up in the public gives no hint of the Station’s craft credentials;
for hidden in the back bar is the real “nectar of the beer gods“.
Some of my embryonic real ale experiences were great pints of Halifax’s finest, in pubs like the Church Inn outside Spotland, Rochdale. I never saw Cyril Smith drink it, which is all the recommendation you need.
With Truman and Lacons back in Beer Guide pubs, and this spotted last week,
I guess it was inevitable that Webster’s absence would be mercifully short. It’s was certainly selling like hotcakes from an unmarked pump, and was just the beer for a glorious Grimsby sunset (NBSS 5).
My only regret was that, due to our police state rules, I couldn’t take my pint on to the railway platform to enjoy it with best possible aeration.
The Station is an ideal modern-looking place to reintroduce the Bitter. Perhaps the Green Label re-launch is one for Beermoth or the Magnet, though.