Not a vast number of new Guide pubs in Greater Manchester for me this year, particularly in the city centre.
But trips to Burnage, Prestwich, Westhoughton and Failsworth are enough to keep me happy. What art ! What history ! What incomprehensible dialect !
Ah ! Failsworth, the glamorous bit of Oldham (or is that Saddleworth ?)
My first time here for a pub since 13 May 2012, which you may remember produced this never-to-be-forgotten sporting image.
Oh yes, one of the greatest days of my life, and after the trophy presentation I went to one of the great Blues Supporters pubs, the Willow Tavern. It took me 20 minutes to get a pint of Copper Dragon (NBSS 3) that day, but I don’t remember caring.
Since then I’ve thought about doing some of the attractive looking pubs along the A62, like the Waggon & Horses, before a City match; perhaps Tandleman will join me for a pint in this Proper Pub once he’s finished the Sam Smiths pubs in Rochdale.
But the GBG newbie is one of those immaculate Lees estate pubs, a bit like the Lancashire Fold I was only in a week before.
The Millgate looks newly refurbished, and for an open plan all-rounder (and former British Legion) its very well done.
And very successful, with a better mix of folk at 4pm on Thursday than you’ll get anywhere outside of the local Spoons.
Old Boys, couples, mums placating screaming babies. All human life is here.
In fact, the three Bs- betting, bawling and Bitter.
I go for the Bitter, even though the keg taps are shinier.
The big grip glass makes it easy to identify the cask drinkers, about three of them I’d say.
The Bitter is decent enough(NBSS 3) though I find Lees a bit sweet for my Holts taste buds.
Quite how I resisted the lure of the sweets cabinet, I’ll never know. Unlike Spoons, they don’t put the calorie count on display to scare you off.
More unfussy suburban pubs like this please, R.O.B. CAMRA.