Having ticked Louth’s new Guide entry we continued our exploration of the town.


We had two criteria;

Visit places with traditional sounding Lincolnshire names;


and assess new hipster craft beer bar “My Fathers Moustache“.

My Father’s Moustache

Thanks to WhatPub, I knew a little already. As recently as 2013 the local CAMRA branch had surveyed the pub and now declared;

About the Pub : Great pub serving good food and ale.  Sounds legit.

Certainly a great name for a plain-looking estate pub pushing its carvery rather than its craft. if I ever decide to visit all the pubs with “moustache” in them, I’ve made a good start.  Russ can debate the lack of an apostrophe.

Back into town for the inevitable comfort stop at a Spoons*.

Decently pubbed

Charles was distracted by the first confectioners.


Tertulia – nice clock

but I resisted the haslet at Meridian Meats.


Back in town I finally found the place that we stayed in years ago, in the hedonist days when we thought nothing of spending £35 on a double room in a Lincolnshire market town.

Masons – now a boutique cocktail bar

All proper towns must have a boutique cocktail bar (like the Masons), more butchers than charity shops, and a Spoons.

I’m less certain about the role of the micro pub, but it seemed pretty clear The Consortium is what we call a “pre-emptive tick”, so Charles had a half of the Porter brewed above the bar.

Louth’s hardest-to-find micro

Both the beer and the micro are high quality operations.

Local beer for micro people
Coffee machine inherited from former coffee shop

The desirable features include a chatty owner, full selection of Pipers, the best coffee I’ve had all year, lager you’ve heard of, and a willingness to stock Draught Bass.

Spot the Bass

All it needs is the custom.  Give it a visit.

We ended in the comfort of the Spoons, where newly re-installed Punk IPA was selling at £2.99 a pint.  What more d’ya need to know.


*Every small town, including Frodsham, should have a Spoons for the benefit of gentlefolk with weak bladders.





  1. Does that butcher ever sleep ?
    Maybe four hours a day making and baking Cornish Pasties, twelve hours for the return journey between Cornwall and Louth and eight hours when the butcher’s shop is open doesn’t even give time for a quick pint.

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  2. “and assess ”

    Reading that right after seeing that suspicious looking French type signage I, of course, read that as asses. 🙂

    “Russ can debate the lack of an apostrophe.”

    It’s a sign, they get a pass. 😉

    “Masons – now a boutique cocktail bar”

    And no apostrophe on the sign. See? (LOL)

    “Coffee machine inherited from former coffee shop”

    My wife had one very similar in her (now defunct) cheesecake shop.

    “Spot the Bass”

    It’s either in the keg under the telly, or reflected in the telly. 😉


    PS – and as it’s such a nice day here (finally!) I won’t point out a certain lack of capitalization. 🙂

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      1. “Capitalisation. I’m English. 😉”

        Duly noted.
        (I have a hard time keeping that straight – henceforth I shall try to remember ‘z’ is the American way… just like they bastardised* its pronunciation)

        * – see what I did there? 😉

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  3. “Certainly a great name for a plain-looking estate pub” –I agree; a memorable and charming name, made all the more so by contrast to the place where they sat down, considered all the interesting possibilities, and settled on “The Consortium.” 😉

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    1. Hi John. It would have been a travesty to miss out the Gas Lamp, one of my Top 100 pubs, if it had been open. Sadly we were there at lunchtime and the Lamp opens at 5. I promise I’ll write it up next time Louth beckons !


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