The Hest Bank Inn

Hest Bank, near Morecambe:

We had a walk up here, for beer in the sunshine in the beer garden. It’s a very attractive canalside pub, with slightly posh pub food (very good, and not pretentious) and great beer in good condition. The aforementioned beer garden was lovely too: in fact, this was a very nice pub indeed. They’ve kept the balance between pub and restaurant, with a proper bar with no dining tables in one area.

The Robert Gillow


This was a real find. We were walking around the city, and had a choice of here or another nearby pub, and I thought this looked interesting.

I turned out to be right. A pleasant, relaxed atmosphere, fantastic beer, good wine, and free food for all: the option to buy a “suspended soft drink” for people so that the less fortunate could come in and enjoy a drink, some food, and some music. A landlord who opened his doors to the public during floods, and great music. Drinks reasonably priced too, this was a lovely place to spend a few hours relaxing. The free food, we were told, comes partly from short-date donations from supermarkets, supplemented by the pub, and anyone is encouraged to come in and enjoy- something very unusual these days.

The Royal Bar & Hotel


Seafront Hotel, but the bias here is pub over hotel- walk in and it feels like a traditional pub (with some lovely tiling- what remains of the original interior has been restored). It’s in the CAMRA good beer guide, deservedly so- several ales, all in good condition. There’s seafront outside space, friendly staff, good pricing, and a CAMRA discount. Food too, and rooms to stay in upstairs, though I can’t comment on either.

The Pier Hotel


Large seafront pub- inside it’s pretty normal seaside town pub- pub food, karaoke or a singer. Beer was OK- only one ale, and not to my taste, but in good condition. Staff friendly and helpful (getting me a local taxi number), and overall a pleasant experience. Customers more towards the older side- middle-aged upwards- and the entertainment is skewed that way too.

The Palatine


We’d been here 9-10 years ago and liked it, so dropped in for another look. It’s changed, but it’s still a great pub: there’s a food bias, but it hasn’t taken over completely: even on a busy Friday, we were welcome. Beer and wine both good, staff very friendly. The inside is a bit stripped-floorboard gastropub, but it’s still got character, and the food turned out to be great later in the week- the Google description mentions pizza, but there’s other stuff too.

Revsit: The Gunmaker’s Arms

Original post here.

This place has changed a bit, but not massively. It’s now the brewery tap for Two Towers.

Friendly welcome, great beer (for me, but others less impressed), good food, nice atmosphere, and so, so close to town, but eerily quiet, considering the inner ring road is yards away. Good beer choice now, if you like Two Towers offerings. Regular history talks and film shows. TV on, but muted, and nice place to drink.

In Ur Pubz, Drinkin Ur Beerz