You’ll remember my failed attempt to visit the Church Inn, Prestwich back when the Guide came out. A rather better attempt to capture the spirit of Mark E Smith, I thought.
Since then Pubmeister has beat me to the Prestwich Punch, though he seems to have failed to find sufficient comedy there to blog about. Better luck in Burgh Le Marsh or wherever you’re going next, Duncan.
Not that I have much to tell you, though the Church Lane Community Centre is a classic of its kind.
A pleasing pub, with Union Jack at half mast due to the death of Manchester United’s latest title challenge.
I’m not saying the Holt pubs round here aren’t, but the Church Inn is a notably civilised place, with gentlefolk in suit and tie, no vertical drinking, proper seats, old photos, and Cat Stevens (version 1) playing.
John Smiths signage outside, Watney’s Ravensbeer on the bar. Bombardier is virtually undrinkable these days.
I find a seat in with the coffee drinkers, who were soon to leave due to having left something important on the kitchen table.
The discussion centres on the setting for the 39 Steps, widely thought to be St Davids in Wales. You really have to remember you’re a visitor and not intervene in these arguments, don’t you ?
The United fans were already lining up Zidane to replace Mourinho. Good luck with that, fellas.
Good to see a Proper Pub in the Guide, and the beer was decent without making me cancel plans for a trip to the Etihad.
I can see why Duncan struggled.