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.
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 ?
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).
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.
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.