A COLNE COLOSSUS

 

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I can lump Barrowford in with Barnoldswick, but Colne stands alone.

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The last stop at the end of the M65, a million miles from posh Skipton but a world way from “difficult-to-love” Nelson, whose only Beer Guide pub in recent memory was a (very good) Hungry Horse.

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Colne, like Darwen, is an undiscovered gem. Steep terraced streets to the north toward Pendle, a handsome High Street (with excellent Spoons), and views south to the Forest of Trawden.  The South Valley is the sort of industrial playground I like, with the Admiral Lord Rodney a classic industrially based local.

Sometimes you really see a place for the first time.  That’s what happened to me with Colne the other Friday, in much the way Halifax struck me last year.

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2017 is, of course, the year micro pubs take over Lancashire.  Boyce’s Barrel on New Market Street should have been a doddle to find.  But with bars called “Cask’n’Keg” and “Tapster’s Promise” either side of Boyce’s, I nearly went in the wrong one.  Simon almost certainly will.

The landlord was quick to tell me I’d made the right decision.  I suspect Boyce’s micro neighbours are more disciples of the Middlesbrough method than of Herne.

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It was chaotic, hyperbolic, but never shambolic. And certainly not robotic.

Where’d you drink before ?”  I asked the friendly chap sharing the bar.

I was teetotal before“.  Stony face.

Beer was so good I can’t remember it, a Roosters Tap Takeover possibly.  If this was in Cambridge or Stockport it’d be rammed. Like it was here in Colne.

The locals had great fun directing me the 2 yards to the loo (my eyesight is very old).

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One of the best pub loos of the year (photos saved for my next toilet post),

And perhaps the best advice of the year so far;

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