WARRINGTON – WOLVES & WOOLYBACKS

My last post before a trip to Maidenhead tonight. If anyone from the butt of Berks reads this it might be my last.

I’m sure I look forward to the annual trip to Warrington as much as BRAPA.

Sure, a new GBG pub in Widnes would be a BIG EVENT, but you get decent ale along with your Woolyback wit in Warrington.

You can almost feel the excitement in the photo below as I board the train from Deansgate, closing in on my Cheshire set.

To be honest, City had just stopped the Scousers winning the Prem again , and United fans were queuing up to congratulate City fans on their success, just like in ’99. So life was good as I approached the Bear & Bottle.

The B&B promises to bring craft to Warrington, whether Warrington likes it or not.

Here’s the Craft wall.

Proper beer

Something had changed. The Craft had gone, there was no cask at all, a lovely barman was apologetic.

But there was Kate Bush. And there was a can of Coke. And both barman and two locals recommended the pub across the road.

They’ve got loads of beers!

I resisted the urge to explain the quality v quantity tradeoff, and with 20 minutes till my return to Deansgate thought “Why not“.

And the Tavern has been fun if unpredictable on two previous visits. A Proper Pub, certainly.

The local Wolves had just edged out Wigan in the Challenge Cup, though the atmosphere was, pleasingly, as dour as ever.

Brace yourself folks. I saw 3 pints of cask pulled while I was waiting, one of them a Purbeck that was tasty and foamy but had a touch of the Spoons long pull about it.

A great atmosphere, only dampened slightly by Lancashire falling just short.

But as Mudgie will know, just as the Champions League is a tinpot trophy, 50 over cricket is not the purest form of the sport.

Unless England win it.

14 thoughts on “WARRINGTON – WOLVES & WOOLYBACKS

      1. Fifty over cricket might – arguably – be more enthralling than over fifty cricket. But I withhold an opinion on that.

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  1. “Here’s the Craft wall.”

    Blimey. In the photo above those are all US breweries.

    “Proper beer”

    Um, I’m not sure if you either need your eyes checked or are in need of a lie down.

    “And both barman and two locals recommended the pub across the road.”

    Savvy business sense that. πŸ™‚

    “and with 20 minutes till my return to Deansgate thought β€œWhy notβ€œ.”

    Why not indeed.

    “but had a touch of the Spoons long pull about it.”

    I take it 4T’s brews on site? (and isn’t that Geronimo a bit of cultural appropriation?) πŸ™‚

    “A great atmosphere, only dampened slightly by Lancashire falling just short.”

    Does that explain the dourness mentioned above? πŸ˜‰

    Cheers

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