11th February 2023.

One of the many, many great things about this country is the bus services set up especially to speed GBG tickers from micropub to micropub. I know I never said that on the Isle of Wight but that’s because there’s an inbuilt feature on Southern Vectis buses that make you feel sick.

With half an hour till the return rail journey to Preston via Chorley I jumped on the first bus heading north.

In Blackpool last year a 5 mile bus trip cost me almost as much as a third of craft murk (£5.80), but it seems most single journeys are capped at £2 at the moment,

which has certainly made the bus an option (even if it was £2 I could have saved entirely by waiting or walking).

About a mile out of Adlington the (female) driver slammed on the brakes, either because a pub ticker had walked out in front of the bus or because there was a new micro the nice lady thought I might want to get out at.

Chorley is up there with Stockton and west Sheffield and Sidcup as a centre for micropubs.

It’s also a great town, and a delight for lovers of bonus apostrophe’s.

Actually, Nelipots looks great is bound to get in the GBG now, along with lots of new names like Ben’s Tap and Speakeasy and Clarke’s Sibin.

And the thing is, they all seemed busy, queueing round the block at Bob’s;

Bob is the indoor market gem, the thing that brings the day trippers in to town when ladies blouses and pies aren’t quite enough (and when are they ever not ?).

I’d love to have dawdled long enough to bring you pictures of misericords and chancels from St George’s Church, but I’d arranged to meet a Preston legend later and HATE being late (which is why I’m always an hour early, Matthew).

So it was a lightning half in Guide newbie Shed & Garden.

Until recently this was just called Shed, but a combination of unexpected foliage and expansion into next door has seen a Garden added.

The garden is quite something, with paving, gravel paths, picnic tables and a pergola giving a real outdoor feel” says What Pub.

It’s as far in feel from your Thanet micropub as, ooh, the Boar’s Head is from the Petersgate Tap (niche comparison).

Loads going on; live music, cheese and wine, bottomless afternoon tea, dwile flonking.

I didn’t warm to it, mainly because of the screechy gin women who I’d have no doubt applauded in other circumstances. But it was heaving, and a packed pub is a wonderful thing, even if it means your own seating options are limited.

What are these guys looking at ?

Nothing, they’re just wondering what my NBSS score for the Black Edge Gold is gonna be. 2.5, I guess.

Mrs RM would have loved it.


  1. Ah Chorley, a favourite drinking destination. Nelipots has a slightly odd layout that still confuses me. The Bob Inn is always on the list too. Not been in the Shed since it stopped being the Shed, only so much time etc. Sheps is easier to get into now, used to love the atmosphere in the smaller premises but you needed either a crowbar or a really trustworthy or teetotal chimpanzee to get a drink from the bar.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Shep(herds) Ale House was absolutely rammed on that Saturday, as were all the pubs I peered in on the way to the Shed. Folk of a certain age are more inclined to go out for a drink in these micros than they might have been in the more trad places opposite Sheps, and I guess that’s a good thing.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s