Cafe Beermoth

Manchester:

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.

The Sir Ralph Abercromby

Manchester:

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.

The Ecclefechan Hotel

Ecclefechan:

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.

The Monreith Arms Hotel

Port William:

Another place we’d visited many years ago. It’s changed little: a bit down at heel, but given it’s in a small village capital to invest must come hard. No ale, but the Tennants was OK. People were eating, but we had a booking at a nearby restaurant. Landlord and locals chatty and pleasant- overall, I liked it as much as the quarter-century or so ago we last visited. There’s a few nice 30s details- terrazzo flooring, for example, and it could be *lovely*, given a pile of cash.

In Ur Pubz, Drinkin Ur Beerz