THE RAINHILL (MEGHAN) TRAIN(OR) TRIALS

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More tenuous titles for you as I finish Merseyside GBG for the year, AND break my Meghan Trainor duck. You don’t get nonsense like this with Pubmeister, you know…

Oh, perhaps you do.

As I’ve said before, only slavishly following the Beer Guide path takes you to the world’s most unexpected places. Like Rainhill, in the lovely borough of St Helens., scene of the famous train trials of the 1820s (Percy was acquitted).

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Like Newton-le-Willows to the east, this is a neatly manicured stone built suburb that would make the basis for a fun family holiday.

Or so I thought in 2003 when I dragged my family to the Premier Inn whose adjacent Ship provided an easy tick. In truth, the highlight is the astonishing public art in neighbouring Clock Face Colliery.

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Photo from wondrous Merseyside Pub Guide. http://merseypub.blogspot.com/2012/04/clock-face.html?m=1

Loads of great rural Merseyside pubs on this blog here.

Sadly, your view of the iconic “White Van On A Hill” is rather spoilt by the concrete pile to the right.

More unspoilt are the buildings at St Bartholomew’s.

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Imposing

Micro pubs like the Skew Bridge Alehouse seem designed to open at 4pm to ensure I get knocked down in the stampede of smartly-dressed pupils from St Barts RC school. The end of the school day rarely provides the best conditions for a middle-aged blogger to take innocent photos, does it Si ?

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Innocent photo 1
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Innocent Photo 2
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Innocent Photo 3 – phone box without defibrillator or books shock

The Big Pub is the Commercial, a longstanding Cains pub before the Dusanjis wrecked the brand a decade ago. I still remember the longstanding landlady saying “Nicely Done” when I returned my glass to the bar; funny how lovely Scouse accents stick in the mind.

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The Comm
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Liver Bird

The Guide used to rave about the Joseph Jones windows, so here they are.

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Nice

I wasn’t popping in for a half of GK IPA. Perhaps I should have.

My target was in the rather less imposing surrounds of Dane Court Shopping Centre, setting for a grim piece of Nordic Noir some time in the distant future.

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Grim

With the micro not opening early, even for me, I stocked up on CDs in the YMCA shop. 99p for the Meghan, and then these two punk rarities, expertly displayed against the GBG.

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So the Big Question is,

Why does Lily’s sophomore album cost a penny more than her debut ?”

There’s more to say about Lily Allen than there is about the Skew Bridge.

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Proper Micro

Back to the Herne masterplan, with tables (some low ones) round the side, people keeping themselves to themselves and the Usual Micro Beers.

I had the North Riding Citra. It was £3. It was OK (NBSS 3). I admired my purchases. What else is there to say ?

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Seating hell

Nice lacings, I guess.

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Decent lacings

And that was that, bar the rather attractive Lyons sign. I really fancied a Lyons Maid ice cream.

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*Thanks due to Pub Curmudgeon for explaining Meghan to me in the Big Bull’s Head.

25 thoughts on “THE RAINHILL (MEGHAN) TRAIN(OR) TRIALS

  1. “I still remember the longstanding landlady saying “Nicely Done” when I returned my glass to the bar” –Love these little memories; funny how you can’t predict which little moments will stay caught in your mind.

    I had Meghan Trainor pegged as a “one-novelty-hit wonder”, but she proved me wrong and went on to have a career. I do like a lot of Lily Allen songs; funny that she never quite managed to get on the radio here in the States — bit like Robbie Williams that way.

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  2. That Joseph Jones will be the Knotty Ash Brewery taken over by with seventy pubs by Higsons in 1927 and closed the following year.
    Badminton horse trails then Rainhill train trials. Are sheep dogs next ?

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  3. “Oh, perhaps you do.”

    Agreed.

    But them, he couldn’t do it without your help. (LOL)

    “is the astonishing public art in neighbouring Clock Face Colliery.”

    I’m so very glad ‘clock’ had a ‘l’ in it. 😉

    “Sadly, your view of the iconic “White Van On A Hill” is rather spoilt by the concrete pile to the right.”

    It needs a touch of Union Jacks… then it would be a ‘thorn’ in some MPs sides. 😉

    “Innocent photo 1”

    I will admit, that’s a nice assortment of flowers.

    “Innocent Photo 3 – phone box without defibrillator or books shock”

    Isn’t if odd how defibs took off all over the Western hemisphere a few years ago?

    “The Comm”

    Imposing.

    “setting for a grim piece of Nordic Noir some time in the distant future.”

    I think that’s why the police are stationed there; to avoid future Viking raids. 🙂

    ““Why does Lily’s sophomore album cost a penny more than her debut ?””

    Since it says ‘gift aid item’ I’m guessing the extra penny goes toward charity?

    “Seating hell”

    More like bloody hell. But then, sometimes a micro is just a micro (i.e. not a ‘pub’). 😉

    “I really fancied a Lyons Maid ice cream.”

    I hear they used to do ice cream beer:

    https://retiredmartin.com/2018/07/26/tewkespury-reignites-the-cob-v-bap-debate/#comment-25383

    Cheers!

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  4. It’s all about the Bass – no treble….

    I think you might have been still suffering from micro pub mania when you made your YMCA purchases (…..who is the Meghan Trainor album for…?)

    I admire any charitable purchases – even Meghan Trainor – no really…🙄

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      1. I think you might have gone to the YMCA shop to buy a Village People CD but they’d sold out so it had to be Meghan Trainor instead.

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  5. PS – I think I found where Willy was ( or Wally wis) in the second photo…

    PPS – I think I’ve been seriously affected by your purchase of a Meghan Trainor album.

    PPPS – if you don’t meet up with me for a pint on the way to the Isle of Wight, I’ll tell everybody you’re a Meghan Trainor fan…

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      1. I can’t tell right now – it’s dark – I’ll check and let you know in the morning…

        Are you coming soon – or saving it in the hope that there’ll be no IOW GBG pubs in the 2019 edition…?

        Any prize for finding Wally…?

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