An odd trip last weekend as I delivered a chest of drawers to the Wirral on the way to a night in Bootle. I’m not sure what the lady from Heswall at our church charity sale was doing down in Waterbeach, but she wasn’t expecting an offer of home delivery. Most Hoylake Tandooris aren’t brave enough to deliver curry into Wallasey.
I never tire of the Wirral, surely the most interesting shaped area on the map.
One of the most varied socially too, stunning black and white commuter villages rubbing shoulders with some of our most deprived wards.
And so it was I found myself gawping at Thornton Haugh on the way to Penby. It’s the sort of place that would look down snootily on Alderley Edge, and give its address as Cheshire rather than Merseyside.
A place where you expect to see a Brunning & Price, in fact.
I may have mixed views on these B&P restaurant pubs, but they do have one bonus for tickers. Open all day, licensed from 11 (even on Sundays !).
So I had time for a quick half in the Red Fox, quite possibly the shabbiest looking building in Hough (pronounced “Hoff“, said my furniture recipient).
I had to
fight off overtake hordes of fascinator-wearing ladies (calm down) to get to the bar first. It could have been Aintree, but of course there’s no posh pubs round Aintree.
The Red Fox is the sort of pub you could take your Mother-in-Law from Tunbridge Wells, as long as you don’t tell her how much you’ve paid for her Gin & Tonic. I applaud their attention to detail, their cheery staff, and the retention of areas for drinkers though.
Slim pickings for BRAPA here. Typical line overheard.
“That’s why the country’s on it’s knees”
They’re so posh here they probably don’t use that second (possessive) apostrophe though.
Although B&P take on a vast range of country house hotels, I’m finding the interiors a bit identikit at present.
This dining room is interchangeable with Liphook or Worsley.
Even the soft porn in the Gents is tiring. Is it the same in the Ladies ? I need to know.
And of course you get the inevitable expansive range of beers you’ve never heard of, almost guaranteeing Beer Guide inclusion (joking).
Don’t they look colourful and shiny, and with pride of place on the bar.
Facer’s Sunlight or Peerless Skyline ? How would you choose ? You wouldn’t. You’d stick to Peroni or Prosecco, of course.
I’ve had excellent Peerless beers for about £2.50 a pint in Wigan, this was an adequate but clearly slow-moving example(NBSS 2).
Does anyone really visit Brunning & Price for a choice of seven unusual beers ?
And is it really supporting local breweries to present their beers in such dull condition ?