Sankey’s Corner, Burntwood, Staffs:
Brand new micropub in former council offices at Sankey’s Corner. I wanted to go to Backyard’s Tap Room, now open until 8pm, so logically continuing our journey into Burntwood seemed logical, so on we went.
It’s handy for the bus, and it’s pleasant inside. Like other micropubs, it doesn’t quite have the traditional pub feel, but also like others, it has great beer and wine, a great welcome, and the opportunity for conversation without loud music, so it’s a nice place to sit and drink. A great place, I hope it does well.
Another un-plush pub, but comfortable enough, and again, no ale, but Stella on draught. Jamaican food (including takeaway), and a friendly enough place, clean and tidy, and again right by a 529 stop 🙂
A meet-up before Beer Festival 2. Had a bit of a Desi Pub vibe, and certainly they do Indian barbecue at times. No ale, but the Cobra was decent. Not plush, but the place was clean, the landlord pleasant, and the prices reasonable, and it was right by the bus stop 🙂
I was reluctant. We were eating nearby, and the previous place we passed was an All Bar One, home of overpriced drinks for the terminally uninspired, and this looked a bit hipster, and had the currently fashionable 90s revival exposed cable tray, but it redeemed itself with a great beer selection: I had to have Temple of Love from Hopcraft. There were hipster types, but prices were surprisingly OK.
We’d discounted it once because of noise level, but we were a bit pissed and one of the party persuaded us: in fact, it was OK. Busy, noisy, but OK, with decent beer, and the karaoke wasn’t so bad at a distance from the speakers.
We went in here after abortive attempts with other bars nearer the river, but this was a better option (at least when we arrived) as we got a seat and could hear one another. It’s a Nicholson’s pub, so for a chain quite agreeable and traditional. Staff were pleasant, and the beer decent too. It got rapidly noisy, which I think accounted for the staff calling time very early.
Another wonderful Manchester pub with a heritage interior, great beer, and great staff, and again, very convenient for us. Interior is proper traditional multi-room city pub, exterior tiled.
We were lucky in Manchester, working close by to some of the great pubs; and this was one.
Lovely heritage pub with a great heritage interior. Great beer and staff too.
Our local while working in Manchester. Supposedly the inspiration for the pub in the TV show Life on Mars. it’s a traditional boozer with great beer, great staff and a good jukebox (even if someone kept skipping the metal). There’s food at lunchtime, and at night the atmosphere is lively without being too noisy and rowdy; just what a city-centre pub should be.
I *should* have blogged this in May 2014, when we stopped here en route from Mallaig back home, trying for a cheaper option than Moffat but didn’t: maybe it felt the wrong side of the hotel/pub thing.
I’ll briefly mention the hotel- it’s ace. Great value and comfortable.
Besides that, it’s the village pub. Evidently once on the main Carlisle-Glasgow road, now the A74M passes by a short distance away, making the village quiet, but the proximity of a junction makes this a convenient pause.
In the bar itself, it’s pleasant and welcoming. Pub food, cask ale, a real fire, and friendly staff and locals.