Oh, joy. A trip out to lovely Leigh. Something always happens there, even if it is just the birds hovering overhead waiting for a carcass. Normally mine.
Last time here was New Year’s Day 2017, when an improbable Greene King diner was making its GBG debut. Pleasingly, the traditional George & Dragon has survived into the new Guide; it’s the Leigh pub I’d recommend to a brave pub tourist.
It’s joined this year by the inevitable micro pub, which helped commission the little pub map. Well done them.
The walk up the main drag takes you past the usual Lancashire civic architecture, all of it awaiting conversion to a Brewhouse & Kitchen when the time is right.
Leigh Road has few undiscovered treasures, though the display of cheap vodka tells you quite a bit about the town.
The best I can say about the exterior to The Bobbin is that it’s more attractive than that monstrosity in Holmes Chapel, and the GBG sticker gives it away (I still walked past it though).
I’m the only customer at 4.30pm, of course. I seem to be interrupting the owner from his papers and service is rather functional. To be fair, he’s got his own private party going on, with “Voodoo Child” and “You can’t always get what you want” on the playlist. Good taste, mate, and the Brewsmith is certainly GBG quality as well for £2.60 a pint.
Proper seating though, and plenty of it. Praise where it’s due.
I contemplate the naughty corner,
but there’s also a “happy place” that suits me better, being Mr Happy.
Just me in the Bobbin, half the retired male population in the Spoons. As always.
I only popped in for the regular two flat whites and two loo trips, but can tell you they sold five pints from a decent cask selection while I was there, and the barmaid invited a regular to be impressed by her handpump action. Take that at face value.
Rugby shorts on display, but at least it’s League.
But here’s the reason to visit the Thomas Burke, and indeed Leigh.
Yes, Bud Light and Doom Bar for £1.69 ALL DAY. Why would you ever leave ?