The Sam Smiths post prompted some reminiscing from our friends Reg and Russ in Altrincham, Cheshire’s second town.
And since all I’ve got at the moment is Fenland sunsets (no filter folks),
and simpering about the prospects of a return of pubs on the 2nd/3rd/ever, here’s some random reflections on Alty.
Most of my trips in the mid 2000s were to visit trad pubs and watch trad football at Moss Lane. Is the football ground really that far out of town ?
Cambridge shared five goals with Alty that night in 2007, United contributing a round zero (and they were lucky to get nil).
Both clubs eventually survived relegation to the regional leagues, Alty only by dint of Boston United’s attempt to break Jeffrey Archer out of HM Prison North Sea Camp so he could play right back in 2002.
The chippy at the top of Moss Lane was good, the programme a bit dull. Adverts for the King George in Hale and this Timpereley treat;
My extensive spreadsheet shows the changing nature of the Alty pub scene, a move from trad to trendy.
Back in 2007 there were 4 pubs in Alty I’d been to. I always assumed this lovely would be a Brunning & Price but I was wrong.
The Malt Shovels was falling out of favour with folk wanting a choice of six identical beers, though not with me. You can never have too many pictures of Sam Smiths pubs (all taken with Kodak cameras of course).
And the Orange Tree and Market House illuminated the market square.
Looks a bit different in 2020, by which time Alty had a cheap Travelodge built especially for folk who like bottle shops and craft bars.
I’m sure the Old Packet House had its own entry under Navigation Road last time out, so your three ticks here are all modern bars. And they’re all good.
It’s the sort of shop conversion with Cheshire homebrew I want to hate, but I couldn’t, as their Big Tree was just outstanding last time here.
If you can fight your way through the pashminas and pushchairs there’s some excellent beer.
As there is at Pi, one of the best craft survivors.
And if you’re bored of Alty, you’re only 20 minutes from this;