But it looks just as “locals pub” as the Crown, perhaps more so.
Competition for the “Best beer mat display in Kirkoswald 2020” award is fierce.
It had just opened, so hard to judge whether the Crown is normally busier.
Whatever, the welcome is warm in an unspoilt gem you get a lot of in the A69 corridor. The barman was devastated that the Theakston has just gone, and I bravely take a punt on the Kirkby Lonsdale from just down the M6.
“Handpump Heaven” is later, and the barman tells me the pub is packed
with discount hunting CAMRAs when beer goes down to £2.20 a pint.
It wasn’t as expensive as folk tell me Birmingham and London are these days now (£5 ?, really ?), and the Singletrack was a fruity NBSS 3+.
The Theakston barrel was changed; I nearly stayed for a pint, but further ticking duties awaited. If they’d actually had Magnet on, I’d definitely have succumbed.
I never did find out about the missing “a”. Or “e”.