22 December 2019
This post marks the eighteenth consecutive blog entry to shamelessly milk my birthday (22 December), only sixty short of the Pub blogging record (Source : Guinness Extra Cold).
The Magazine doesn’t really need a “best Bass pub” qualifier, particularly as my Top 100 has now reached 236.
Not many people are aware that the Magazine is named after Rickie Lee Jones’ criminally underrated 3rd LP.
Rickie was a fan of Merseyside, which inspired her breakthrough hit “Chuck (Worthington) E’s in (the plant pots in Men) Love (Avenue) “.*
A 25 minute walk from my £18.94 room for the night, Sheridans in Wallasey Village. It’s the best £18.94 you can spend on the Wirral, cheaper than a pint of craft keg at one of the new bars in Heswall.
I stayed here in 2014, a good base to catch Merseyrail services to Liverpool and Chester.
But tonight I enjoyed the suburban stroll and the views to the Mersey on the descent to the Egremont Promenade.
First time here for nearly a decade. Doesn’t change much, does it ?
If you like Proper Stockport pubs, or the City Arms, or the Roscoe Head, or the Midland Hotel, you’ll love the Magazine (admit it, you’d never heard of it, had you ?).
A straightforward three-roomer with one occupied by a few respectful families with toddlers; a community pub.
Nothing special laid on for my birthday, except the giant fire. And the Bass of course.
What will it be then ?
Actually, Trappers Hat in its Brimstage home was one of the great pints a decade or so ago, but familiarity breeds contempt. Just like it did with Bass before Wickingman revived it.
OK, it’s the Sunday evening before Christmas, but I’m sure the Magazine has exactly as many people in on a Friday in February in 2011. Quite a lot.
I find the one spare seat in the “family” room, and sink a foamy pint of the Derby variety, immaculate (3.5) bar the glass. At least it’s a John Smiths cask glass.
“Buglugs” says a lady, apropos of nothing, but I wasn’t really listening.
Buglugs, Bass, and a view to Bootle on my birthday. Beautiful.
*Sorry. New editorial assistant still learning the trade.