A terrific mix of pubs so far this year. Each time the new GBG “drops” (ugh) I’m amazed at how many traditional pubs enter the Guide. Unless you’re in Kent, when there are maximum size restrictions for new entrants to the good book,
And it’s good to see Golborne follow Newton-le-Willows into the Guide with a genuinely charming old-fashioned dining pub.
The Queen Anne has that reassuring Tetley sign (pre-Wolves), but is otherwise unassuming on the outside.
Inside, it was packed. Average age 67.3, no other drinkers, the smell of meat (not cabbage) wafting through the beams.
There’s quite a few cheap and cheerful dining pubs along the A580; this one is more classy, comparable to the canalside pubs near Burscough. It’s close to Haydock Park but none of these gentlefolk had been at the races.
Fresh flowers, low stools, Grandfather clock set at Volume 11. All present and correct.
When gentlefolk make up your custom, you put on cask beer they’ve heard of.
Someone “braved” the Rev James, so I did too. Only 3 beers on but the barman still had to turn them round to see which one that was. Wait till they have ten craft pumps on.
Reverend is an odd beer, attracting a bit of a cult following well out outside Brains-land. A bit like Doom Bar with taste, this was unexpectedly superb NBSS 3.5+.
If you’re going to stock cask, make sure it’s this good. Good spot, South East Lancs CAMRA.
The “humour” was a bit lame, unless you’re called Irene and 73. But that model bar (top) is absolutely gorgeous. I want one for my shed.