CLOUDWATER COMES TO STOCKTON

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WARNING: Contains trip to Stockton-on-Tees without a visit here;

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WE HAVE TO GO BACK !

No banked Bass, but another day to admire the ongoing revitalisation of Darlington’s hitherto scruffy sister.

Goodness me, Stockton is scrubbing up well.

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Obtrusive yellow car
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Majestic

The big project is the refurb of the Globe Theatre, which once played host to the Beatles in the days before Lennon switched a pint of Bass in the Sun for Higsons in the Phil.

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Well done Stockton Borough Council

I see the big hotel chains are already swooping in with ambitiously priced bed/theatre/Bass weekend deals that used to be the minstay of the original and much-missed Darlington-Stockton Railway (CAMRA discount).

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If you’ve stayed there, let me know

It seems like less than a year ago I was here admiring the wide boulevards, water features and pretty courtyards with Sam Smiths pubs.  Probably because it was.

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Must go in next time

I headed past the Sun and the Sam Smiths to the Hope and Union, a bar I could have gone in last July if I’d taken advice from a local.

Stockton

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Inauspicious entrance

It was the lovely guy in the GBG Wasp’s Nest across the road who’d recommended it, but I was just a bit put off by the tiling and Vedett signage which makes it look a bit “craft by numbers“. Bit like that Northampton craft place looked chainy but wasn’t.

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Looks chainy, isn’t
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Greggs bag the giveaway

But I was clearly wrong.  Not only is it in the Guide, it’s also secured a place in the select band of outlets who have passed the “Fit to serve Cloudwater” exam, joining such craft hotbeds as Westhoughton and Hanwell.

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Exclusive.  Stout is black.

They had Siren as well, and Camerons.  And this Coldwell-friendly line-up.

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Perfect accompaniment to your banked Bass in the Sun

One photo will deter the Proper Pubmen amongst you.

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Scholl canteen chic

But the welcome, mix of custom (2 Carribean guys round the corner enjoying jerk chicken for lunch),

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Beer & gravy bun washed down with barrel-aged Duvel – yum

and frankly stunning Cloudwater Stout make this an essential stop on the Stockton Stagger.

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Pure magic

I never did find out who No Teeth Keith is/was, but based on the rest of the toilet art that may be a good idea.

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9 thoughts on “CLOUDWATER COMES TO STOCKTON

  1. Was there really a beer called “Invoice Me for the Microphone IPA”? This must come from the “inside joke as beer name” school. 😉

    Yes, the folding chair and the corrugated steel on the wall is maybe not my preferred approach to decking out a drinking establishment. But at least they’ve made an effort to give the place some character.

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    1. When I take people on guided tours round Stockton I’ll take them in the Hope & Union for lunch, then Wasps Nest for nuts, Golden Smog for the beer and toilets, ending at the Sun for banked Bass and bingo.

      And yes, I presume that beer is for real !

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    1. So have I. Think I’ve only seen it four time, excellent/v good each time. If Cloudwater published a guide to their 50 odd (guess ?) outlets I’d bet the other cask beers are good as well. What’s closest to you ?

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    1. Nags Head and Harp would be in most people’s Top 50 for fast moving reliable cask, even if they didn’t like the pubs. Haven’t been to Wenlock for a while though walked past it recently – have you?

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