FROM BEERMOTH TO BRITON’S PROTECTION

A nice picture of US Dave (related to Gary “US” Bonds no doubt) to lead the next instalment of Manc March 2/1/19. Theoretically the half-way point, which we reached a mere half-hour behind schedule. The “Trad” group had gone on ahead to the Turk, leaving their calling card on the lamp post. We had time… Continue reading FROM BEERMOTH TO BRITON’S PROTECTION

JOAN & DAVE’S MANC CRAFT DISTRACTION

  A reminder of our itinerary for conquering the historic pubs of central Manchester. There’d already been a swap between the LT and the H&H. Somehow, Joan, Dave, Luke and I never made it to the Lower Turk for the trad bitters. Instead, we made a slight detour so Dave could see the joys of… Continue reading JOAN & DAVE’S MANC CRAFT DISTRACTION

TOP 100 PUBS – THE MARBLE ARCH, MANCHESTER

Five points for identifying what’s odd about the photo above. The Official US/UK New Year Pub Crawl of Manchester contained some expected names (but oddly not the Lost Dene). Our motley crew met up at the Lower Turks Head, but I ducked out in favour of another scolding coffee at Home Sweet Home and a… Continue reading TOP 100 PUBS – THE MARBLE ARCH, MANCHESTER

THE LAST ONES OUT OF SPOONS

We pressed on, past a sea of closed pubs (Rising Sun, Nag’s Head) up into Deansgate, a journey rarely made by heritage pub pilgrims. Stopping only in the Lost Dene for a comfort break, we finally found some real heritage. You may mock, but the Moon Under Water was once the biggest British pub IN… Continue reading THE LAST ONES OUT OF SPOONS

ALL IS QUIET ON NEW YEAR’S DAY, A PUB CRAWL IN MANC GETS UNDERWAY

It’s 35 years since I played “New Year’s Day” by U2, and I still can’t be sure about the apostrophe in Year’s. Russ will correct it now I’ve given him editing rights on the blog. I tipped up in Heaton Chapel on Tuesday afternoon having barely had a drop for 5 days, and therefore feeling… Continue reading ALL IS QUIET ON NEW YEAR’S DAY, A PUB CRAWL IN MANC GETS UNDERWAY