April 2023. I had my Blackburn tick, I had my free bed for the night next to a graveyard in Oswaldtwistle*. To be fair, a very nice graveyard. But what to do now ? It’s only 20:45, the night is still young, even in greater Accrington. Oh look, there’s a pub. Last time here it… Continue reading A NIGHT NEXT TO A GRAVEYARD IN OSWALDTWISTLE
WHERE THE **** IS KNUZDEN ?
April 2023. In my dotage, I imagine I’ll re-read my own blog and reminisce about the magic night when I slept in my campervan in Oswaldtwistle (pronounced Os-twit). Oswaldtwistle is the mysterious land between Blackburn and Accrington best known for the eponymous Mills visited by coachloads of gentlefolks on the lookout for fragrant candles and… Continue reading WHERE THE **** IS KNUZDEN ?
April 2023. “If I was a Lancs GBG compiler, I’d make ‘Briercliffe’ a separate place, but I don’t make the rules” wrote illegal pub photographer Simon in January, during an epic blog catch-up I might soon need to replicate. And I agree with Simon. While CAMRA argues about how thick the paper should be in… Continue reading BURNLEY, BURNLEY
ALL TABLES SET FOR DINERS IN ORMSKIRK
12th February 2023. After seven (7) Lancashire micropubs in a row on Saturday, a Proper Pub on Sunday as I head to Ormskirk, whose new MP I’d just heard speaking on the local politics show. Ashley Dalton’s first job will surely be to ensure some geographical consistency to Ormskirk’s Beer Guide entries. I thought I… Continue reading ALL TABLES SET FOR DINERS IN ORMSKIRK
AM I BECOMING A CREATURE OF HABIT ?
11th February 2023. Last month I wrote on Pub Curmudgeon’s blog; “I’d rather visit a 100 different pubs and drink Holt than stay in one pub and have 100 different beers, however good.” Which is true, but after seven very similar Lancashire micropubs I can honestly say I’d rather have drunk 7 pints of Plum… Continue reading AM I BECOMING A CREATURE OF HABIT ?
DOES ANYTHING BEAT A PLUM PORTER AND THE BUGGLES IN THE BLACK HORSE ?
11th February 2023. Apart from being good company, Preston’s Matthew Lawrenson has the rare quality of being able to walk at my pace. So we arrived in the heart of Preston before the North End fans returned from their hammering at Burnley, before the pubs got too lively. Last time here with Matthew I’d forgot… Continue reading DOES ANYTHING BEAT A PLUM PORTER AND THE BUGGLES IN THE BLACK HORSE ?
A GUIDED TOUR OF SUBURBAN PRESTON’S MICROPUBS
11th February 2023. This was the day I singlehandedly revitalised the East Lancashire economy with purchases of halves in micros and award winning pork pies. I also bought four (4) separate £2 bus tickets on the trip from Adlington to Fulwood*, which seems an extravagance at the time but my feet were chafing so I… Continue reading A GUIDED TOUR OF SUBURBAN PRESTON’S MICROPUBS
A SLICE OF LANCASHIRE LIFE IN LOSTOCK HALL
11th February 2023. Not quite The Longest Day, but 11/2/23 (2/11/23 for US readers) did include 9 pubs and 7 separate public transport journeys, and I’m still pulling bus tickets out of my jeans a week later. The train from Chorley would have taken me rapidly back to Preston station, but I really wanted to… Continue reading A SLICE OF LANCASHIRE LIFE IN LOSTOCK HALL
THE CONTRACTUALLY OBLIGATED NEW GBG MICROPUB IN CHORLEY
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.… Continue reading THE CONTRACTUALLY OBLIGATED NEW GBG MICROPUB IN CHORLEY
PALE, PIES & POST OFFICE CONVERSIONS -ADLINGTON IN 20 MINUTES
11th February 2023. I have a confession to make. My completely authoritative GBG completion spreadsheet is NOT 100% reliable. I was convinced that I had a pub called “Keg n Cask” to visit in St Annes, but also a nagging feeling I’d been there already. And by searching MY OWN BLOG while in Cask &… Continue reading PALE, PIES & POST OFFICE CONVERSIONS -ADLINGTON IN 20 MINUTES