SUNDAY LUNCH IN GREAT HARWOOD

 

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I’m back home from End of the Road, came home early and missed Jarvis Cocker (not) singing about being in a big field in near Wiltshire.

And the new Beer Guide’s arrived, embargoed until publication day on the 12th.

That gives me a whole ten days for cross-ticking (see : BRAPA) and to get up-to-date with posts.

Where else to start than Great Harwood, the nervous younger cousin of Accrington.

Gt Harwood

Here is Great Harwood in 2011.

By Not attributed – Postcard ‘Valentine’s Series’ 50543 JK. Posted Feb 19th 1911. Scanned by JP Brettle,, Public Domain,

I presume Public Domain means I can’t be sued by the relatives of the folk in the photo.

And here’s Great Harwood in 2019.

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Spot the micro
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Busy town square
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Genuine northern cobbles

I fancied some authentic Hyndburn cuisine, so I typed restaurant into Google Maps.

Gt Harwood 2

Entirely takeaways.  No Goosnargh duck in a gastropub, no pizza in Spoons, not even a Sunday lunch Indian buffet.

And all the takeaways were closed. As for the Palatine Café…

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Chippy Bob’s R.I.P.

While I waited for the micropub to open (obvs) I couldn’t resist the call of the Vic.

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A legend

The Victoria is one of those Heritage pubs that has fallen down the GBG pecking order in the last decade, a bit like the New Beehive.

WhatPub claims it has many beers, i.e. far too many.  You don’t visit for the cask.

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Gorgeous

I had a can of coke, got stared at by the gent in the Public as I left the Gents (possibly), and admired a pub thriving on local custom.

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NCSS 2

Harder to judge a micro at opening time, of course.

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Handsome frontage to the 1B Tap

The 1B Tap is the exact opposite of the Vic, offering a Gin Palace, candles on the table, light jazz (is there hard jazz ?), and that real ale choice that guarantees GBG selection.

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Pretend fire
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Gin comes (back) to Great Harwood

I could have been in Ainsdale, or Knowle, or Wilmslow.

At the bar, the Landlord looks at me expectantly, waiting for me to tell home what I want.

Four handpumps with beers I’ve never heard of. How are you supposed to choose ?

Then I remember Fernandes aren’t bad (are they ?), and have their beer, which isn’t called Bitter or Mild or even Amber.

It’s really good beer, NBSS 3+ first out the pumps.  But the experience is as soulless as Paul Weller’s version of “What’s Going On” and I feel a bit left out of the conversation at the bar.  Reader, I NEVER stand at the bar.

Anyway, deserving GBG entry, credit to the town, brings much needed choice etc etc etc

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2 thoughts on “SUNDAY LUNCH IN GREAT HARWOOD

  1. Have you been to Bear Claw micro brewery yet in Tweedmouth. Ricky the brewer opens for a tap night on the 1st Wednesday in the month 12-11pm. Worthy of the investment of time and money. Over the river in Berwick is the Cerfew micro pub, also worthy.

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