“Watch the wet floor, flower“ That’s the first thing I hear on entering the new Oldham GBG pub, the first for a decade, in mighty Tommyfield Market. I’ve been called petal, but never blossom. There’s still time. A market micro. Blimey, you could be in Lancashire*. Specifically, you could be in the wondrous Bob in… Continue reading COB & COAL. AND MUFFINS.
No, it’s not a 1980s BBC drama starring Patricia Hodge set in a Lancashire mill town. It’s the answer to today’s crisis. How will we go for a wee when (if) the pubs re-open ? As always, Stafford Paul is on the money. Sit-down toilets are a health hazard; it’s urinals or nothing from now… Continue reading OLDHAM AND THE SHEWEE
23rd December 2019 Oldham gets a bad press, though not on this site. It’s not helped by place names like Mumps and Grot(ton) and Austerlands. But it’s (give or take) home to the Tand and Quosh, and has those funny red contour lines us Fenfolk don’t recognise, and Saddleworth is gorgeous. So where better to… Continue reading DONKEYSTONES
Not a vast number of new Guide pubs in Greater Manchester for me this year, particularly in the city centre. But trips to Burnage, Prestwich, Westhoughton and Failsworth are enough to keep me happy. What art ! What history ! What incomprehensible dialect ! Ah ! Failsworth, the glamorous bit of Oldham (or is that… Continue reading BACK TO FAILSWORTH FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE AGUERO