A big day on the blog yesterday as Russ returns to the fold. I do hope the Prof is OK.

Back to Rochdale, where you left me in the toilets of the Medicine Tap. They’re quite cute.


I headed for St Chads for a spiritual break, or at least to look at gravestones and realised I’ve already lived longer than half the people who’ve ever lived and felt nauseous.



Feeling a bit nauseous, and a bit scared of the steps,


I stopped for a pint.

How could you walk past ?

The Flying Horse Hotel has just been voted the best pub in Greater Manchester for a second year in a row and gets a crack at the national title next February.

When you remember that Greater Manchester’s pubs include the Brewhouse & Kitchen in Wilmslow, a Hungry Horse in Wythenshawe and the Emigration in Offerton, it puts that achievement into context.

Can the Horse follow Rochdale’s Baum to take the top prize ?

The Baum. Still gorgeous

Well, if I was building an award winning pub I’d certainly have the following;

Classic pub tiling,


hops hanging from the ceiling,


beers you’ve heard of and a few you haven’t,


good mix of custom(tick), proper seating (tick), genuine welcome (tick), CAMRA discount and a certain beer (tick).

It’s Bass

Good to see Bass making a comeback in award-winning pubs, and this was a classic cool pint with tight head. It lasted 10 minutes.

Lacings (tick)

If I had any reservation about the Flying Horse it would be this;

“Can a pub that plays “I Can’t Dance” by Genesis really be allowed to win POTY ?”

A place you could take your mum, and BRAPA. A modern classic.



      1. Oh I’m sure there are Americans who put away the equivalent on a regular basis. But the whole idea of a “pub/bar crawl” is not so popular over here as it is in the UK I don’t think. People tend to go to one or two places and leave it at that. Could be related to everything being more spread out over here, and not so walkable.

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      2. I agree with Mark. I’ll drink that much at home, but certainly not when out. Partly due to the cost and the fact I’d need a taxi home (not many within walking distance). And it would most likely be at one place which isn’t quite the same. Plus, for those us oop north (even in the US) walking from bar to bar is a good way to wind up with either frostbite or found frozen the next day at the side of the road. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. “A big day on the blog yesterday as Russ returns to the fold. I do hope the Prof is OK.”

    Fingers crossed. Both for me staying ‘folded’ and the Prof being OK.

    “Theyโ€™re quite cute.”

    Yes, yes. But… was the soap fancy?

    “and realised Iโ€™ve already lived longer than half the people whoโ€™ve ever lived ”

    But not as long as the half that will follow. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    “Feeling a bit nauseous, and a bit scared of the steps,”

    I’ve seen worse at Mayan ruins. Mind you, I hadn’t been drinking when I tried those.

    “How could you walk past ?”

    Quite agree.

    “Itโ€™s Bass”

    I was going to guess Plum Porter. ๐Ÿ™‚

    “A place you could take your mum, and BRAPA.”

    Probably not at the same time. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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