Reader Mark from the USA seems to have a mild obsession with Rick Astley, going as far as to visit the Rickmeister’s baronial birthplace in Newton-le-Willows.
Shamefully, that meant he’d seen more of the unofficial Woollyback capital than I had. Sure, I’ve got off there by mistake, who hasn’t when drunk ? But the nearest pub I’ve done is the Fiddle i’th Bag. Good name, good pub.
It took some research, but I finally found a Rick Astley track on You Tube. An easy five points for the other Newton connection. Ten points if you can guess what the unmarked handpumps in the video are dispensing. My guess is Top Hat on both.
No obvious blue plaque for Rick, but a pleasant little town rightly proud of it’s churches, lake, railway history and new Subway. The smart building in the fourth photo down is the inevitable Italian restaurant, no match for the new Subway, of course.
A few decent looking pubs too. Has anyone ever stayed here ?
Despite several stays in Warrington and Lowton over the years (£60 for 3 nights Family Room B&B at Lane Head in 2006), Newton lay undiscovered by me. So I reckon The Firkin must be a first local Guide entry in many years. Pubmesister may correct me.
More craft bar than micro bar, it has what I’m given to call an “ambitious cask range”
I feared the worst, another Merseyside town staying clear of cask. but clearly Newton has taken to the Firkin with vigour.
The Hophurst 50 Gyle was superbly cool and full of flavour (NBSS 3.5+); this is a craft bar with micro pub prices (£3).
Full of young people (mostly) drinking cask, it had a great atmosphere. Most folk chose to stand, mind.
As Rick would say “You know the rules, and so do I”. Sit down la’.
It’s joyously unpretentious for a specialist beer bar;
“I’d go for Grolsch” said the chap in front.
“Or that Lefay. That’s very rare”
At least all that standing left some proper tables for folk needing to take notes or drink their Pied Bull through a straw, a Woollyback specialty I’m told.
While I’m here, any chance of a Beer Guide pub in Haydock.