DOBCROSS DELIGHTS

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23rd December 2019

A real gem of an English village for an American readership next, and an interesting question;

Why has it taken me so long to get back to Saddleworth ?

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Probably because the pubs in Delph, Diggle and Dobcross are all good; we stayed here 20 years ago and did them on a balmy summer night, like in the Meatloaf song.

Quite odd the newbie is Dobcross Brass Band Club, though I remember when they were on the BBC the euphonium players heading for the Navigation, a proper pub.

A pleasing 20 minute uphill walk (both ways) from the Albion Tap, with rare views back towards Manchester.

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Quosh’s house clearly visible

Dobcross

Last time in Dobcross Square we saw a family of pashminas moving into the little house marked “Saddleworth Bank” opposite the Swan, and nearly gatecrashed their housewarming party before remembering we weren’t in Chatteris now.

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Expensive, probably
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The Swan (in hiding)

I had time before the Band Club opened, so popped in The Swan for a challengingly priced coffee in one of the prettiest pubs in the country. With emphasis on pub rather than restaurant, mind. All ages represented at 5.15.

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Worth £2.50, it’s gorgeous

I can’t tell you if the Sunbeam was drinking well, though the coffee was.

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Four beers you’ve heard of

The problem with reading books in pubs is they’re so long. Why can’t someone print out BRAPA’s blog posts and leave them in pubs ?

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Got to Page 3 of Five Go On A Strategy Away Day

The Band Club looked shut, curtains drawn, at 6pm.

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I tentatively pushed at the door, which flew open to reveal a dozen Old Boys who’d probably been there an hour wondering why I’d been creeping around outside.

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Authentic club seating

Frankly, I could have been at Solihull Snooker Club or Dartford Darts Club. Not quite sure what I expected; Fanfare for the Common Man on tenor horns.

Dobcross used to be in Yorkshire, I hear, so we get Yorkshire beers.

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Dividing opinions

You’re supposed to go for the Belgian Blue at Christmas, it’s tradition.

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OK

I can’t blame it on the Bradfield, but the photos got a bit blurry after that.

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