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.
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.