ST. ANNES – THE USUAL SUSPECTS

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There are two certainties in life.

  1. Rooney will score at the Etihad, to the sporting acclaim of City  fans
  2. Lancashire will produce a new Cricket Club and micro for the Beer Guide.
  3. There’ll be an error in this blog post.

Actually, the micro pub was too new for GBG17, so I’d started with the traditional walk along the dunes and up to the Cricket Club.  It’s just like being at the seaside.

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There are now so many North-Western Cricket Clubs in the Beer Guide that I couldn’t tell them apart.

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Luckily, this one is distinguishable by being one of only seven I’ve been in where it’s claimed that Freddie Flintoff began his career.

But more than that, it’s the first one where I’ve had a genuinely great pint, as opposed to an “interesting range” chosen by the Club Steward.

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Despite the Thwaites glass you might have expected, the Lees Bitter was the best since Anglesey, or possibly Tandle Hill.

With little competition in this part of town, it’s not surprising the Old Boys pay their subs for £2.40 cellar cool pints of this quality (NBSS 4.5).

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A cheery place with big smiles, pool and pushchairs, I couldn’t really fault it.  But of course it still feels like a Club.

And No. 10 Ale House still feels like a micro pub shop conversion, though frankly that’s not unusual for the St Annes pub scene.

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A good range of seating though, and a diverse range of customers (not all in check shirts) making this feel less middle-aged than your average micro.

Clearly the answer to getting young people into pubs is the beer paddle (I jest).

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As is normal for me now, I was ignored at the bar and a young lady who’d just walked up served ahead of me.  Once you hit 50, you become invisible (possibly BRAPA will avoid this).  You can see how busy the bar was and how easy it would be to be confused as to who’s next.

To her credit, the young lady was mortified when she deduced I hadn’t been served, apologising at least three times.   The sooner micro pubs introduce queueing ropes, the better.

Anyway, decent Phoenix Hopsack (NBSS 3), albeit in a jug, and weird jazz.

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I could have been in a proper pub.

Just to prove I was at the seaside, I had calamari and chips round by the Spoons. Calamari is only a good idea in Genoa.

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22 thoughts on “ST. ANNES – THE USUAL SUSPECTS

      1. The Victoria was where I was given a CAMRA discount despite not having my card, presumably because I looked like a CAMRA member – never seen before, fiftysomething, specs, jumper, peers at row of handpumps. But then I got a cloudy pint that had to be changed!

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  1. I have to admire your stamina Martin, and your dedication. You are already three posts ahead of the one I was going to comment on. How on earth do you manage to fit in all that travelling, and write about it as well?

    It isn’t so much the pubs you write about which interests me – although there are some real gems from time to time; it’s more the quirky stuff and the details of towns and villages, the length and breadth of the country which I find fascinating. Many are places I have never heard of, but then turn out to be places I would like to visit. Clearly there is much which remains undiscovered in this fair island of ours.

    One final question, and forgive me for being impertinent. Either Mrs RM is very understanding about you disappearing on all these pub trips, or she is glad to see the back of you! Mrs Paul’s Beer Travels would have had a few things to say to me long ago; even though she is glad of my absence on the odd occasion!

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    1. Thank you Paul, I enjoy your posts for the detail and places as much as for the pubs; and not just when things go wrong.

      Mrs RM actually comes with me on many trips but I don’t always acknowledge her presence, unless she does something silly. I find that as long as I do the washing I’m allowed out. That may change, of course.

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      1. It’s good to hear that you and Mrs RM accomplish many of your trips together. Mrs PBT’s isn’t quite as keen on pubs as I am; possibly because she spent too much time in them when she was younger. Also, and rather inexplicably, she doesn’t like beer!

        I have never really mastered the mysteries of the washing machine; why do they have so many different programmes? At a pinch I can bung a load in for a quick 40 degree wash, but on the domestic front, hoovering and looking after the garden are where I come into my own.

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  2. Glad to see that you didn’t put an apostrophe in St Annes – my parents lived there all their lives (my father still does) and insisted that there is no apostrophe. It should also be ‘on Sea’ without the ‘the’ and it always feels annoying when I go back there to see the incorrect version on the station sign.

    Nice to see a map where I can pick out my father’s house and also where we used to live before that. The town used to be under-pubbed, if anything, perhaps due to a high proportion of retired people as well as the various clubs – my father used to only drink in the club at the Premium Bonds where he worked, or the Catholic Social Centre. For a night out, you went to Blackpool or even Lytham. Nowadays I get the impression that the average age has gone down quite a bit and this must have benefitted the social scene in general.

    Thanks for the tip about the No. 10 – I wasn’t aware of it but will try to get there next time I am in the town. My father likes the Trawl Boat (Wetherspoon) now for his beer and curry, but if the No. 10 is disabled-friendly then I might be able to get him there.

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    1. What Pub says disabled access, Ian, and I’m sure they’d make you welcome there.

      You make a good observation about average age. With the Spoons, the Victoria and No.15 amongst others there’s some good beer in St Annes. (and Lytham, to be fair).

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  3. I once got very pissed in St Annes with Les Dawson.
    It was in a long,ornate bar with a fancy tiled floor but other than that I can’t remember a thing except nearly sharting with laughter.
    Happy days.

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      1. Actually if you really want a name drop I once used Yoko Ono’s bidet for a Number Two.
        But kudos to the Chuckle Brothers reference.Legends.

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  4. “There’ll be an error in this blog post.”

    Heh 🙂

    So, of course, this time there’s nought.

    Unless…

    “With the Spoons, the Victoria and No.15 amongst others ”

    Either that 15 should be a 10, or you’re referring to either Number 15 Bar or 15’s of St Annes?

    Cheers

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      1. “I mentioned two certainties and gave you 3….. 😉”

        LOL, touché RM, well played sir. 🙂

        As to the No 10/15 thingy; I had to rely on Google Maps to ascertain that. Maybe I need my own GBG? (heh)

        Cheers

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  5. What Pub is great,if a little idiosyncratic.
    The George in Amesbury entry breathlessly tells us it was first mentioned as an inn in 1490 although its foundations date back to 900.It charts its progress through the kings and queens of England and Charles Dickens.
    However under the heading Historic Interest it simply says No.
    Top bantz.

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