2 nights in Barrow Wetherspoons in late September. Taking a risk, but the Furness Railway has spotless rooms and free Shrewsbury biscuits, so who’s winning?
One new Guide pub I missed on my last visit, a traumatic Black Eye Friday when Ulverston lads woke me at 3am singing “Let it go”.
Technically Hawcoats, properly posh Barrow, or as posh as Barrow gets. Put it this way, Irish Sea Dave probably wouldn’t put it on his Top 10 Rough Pubs list.
Oh yes, the Kings Arms, nearly forgot. I love tucked away pubs with light illuminating tight streets.
I walked in, signed in, cleaned up.
Voices to the right, so I headed left. The Landlady headed left, I headed right. “She’s through there” said the lone customer, so I headed left, before deciding I’d better sit down before the Covid Marshalls turn up.
That little dance enabled me to at least glimpse the bar (4 beers!) and decide on something called Swan Black which I guess isn’t the Aylesbury one but I didn’t care.
Tasty, but a tad too warm, and not a word of conversation as lone local focused on Liverpool v Arsenal playing out a pointless season to a fake crowd.
Back at the Spoons, James had recovered from a close encounter with scary Ulverston cat and fancied the usual calorific pudding.
Ten minutes it took to queue, clean, download the App and complete the paperwork.
Just enough time to illegally look at the pumps.
Now Spoons have their critics, or rather Timbo does, but the lad who looked after us was a cheery gem, making sure I got my 50p discount on the Stringers Stout as you can’t use it on the App. I believe Dodo Harding is working on a world beating solution to this technical problem.
Salted caramel cookie dough and ice cream x 2 and one of the best pints of the month (NBSS 3.5) for about a fiver, as Spoons continues with some local discount now Rishi has deserted pubs.
Honestly, it doesn’t get much better. Unfortunately, we had to walk Scafell the next day..