Three days to go ! Then I promise I’ll bring you reports on posh pubs.
Until then, it’s more highlights packages. Let’s Big Up Bolton.
Yes, you’ll find lots or stuff on Twitter reminding us of the decay over recent months, let alone decades, in this proud Lancashire town.
A decade or so in which Wigan has taken the lead in terms of pubs and night-life.
BUT despite losing a string of good pubs (The Alma – sob) on the route from the station there’s still loads to admire.
Best to walk up an appetite on Winter Hill or a gentle stroll round Yarrow Reservoir.
You could then waste an hour admiring the Fred Dibnah Heritage and the fabulous free Aquarium.
Nelson Square is the epicentre of the night-time economy, if we still had one.
A decent Spoons, and popcorn stouts at the Northern Monkey. You could be somewhere posh like Westhoughton !
Looking at my 25 years of beer scores, Bolton scores highly. A 4 at the Monkey, a 4 at Elephant & Castle where Stonegate discount knocked the pint below £2.
Plenty of frontage still to admire,
but I recommend heading underground to the shopping centre in the Vaults.
The Underground style map has a tempting network of pubs, not ALL of them micropubs, but please don’t start on Delerium Tremens like this fellow.
And if you’re famished, skip the cheap options,
and head for the Caribbean grub in Nkono’s in the market.
And then walk it off on the B6226 to Bunbury’s, one of the finest micros on the planet.
Or keep walking and end up in Horwich. But that’s a different trip.