I’d misremembered a friend who’d reccomended the nearby Uxbridge Arms and actually said The Junction was a bit, well, vibrant.
Anyway, The Junction was where we went. Very pleasant it was too- no sign of any trouble, decent beer, somewhere to sit, an old doggie relaxing nearby, and reasonable music you could hear but talk over. Staff and locals pretty decent too. We’ll save The Uxbridge for next time….
 A colleague that lives in Burntwood also rates THe Junction. Perhaps it has improved of late?
Traditional boozer right on the Swan Island at Burntwood (and therefore very handy for the bus, just over the road). I got a bad first impression simply because it was very crowded, and after the walk from The Drill I needed a sit down, and couldn’t get close to the bar. However, this was quickly fixed, and it was a pleasant little community pub with decent beer, a good atmosphere, and friendly locals.
Well known for food for some years, we thought we’d give this a try. It’s a proper country pub, but not too far to walk from our bus route. There’s very much a food bias, and we had to agree to give up our table for a reservation later, but that was fine. It’s not a pubco family feedbag, as far as I can see. Google has it as a restaurant, but I’d have it as a food-biased pub. Great beer (Slaters) and food, reasonable prices, friendly staff. Tons of outside space too, with a play area and a small farm, apparently. Gets very busy on a Saturday night.
Evidently quite an old pub, this has a big site and car park. It’s fairly traditional, with a bit of a standard modern pubco makeover (Chef & Brewer, a branch of Greene King, via Spirit pub co). Nice enough place, pleasant barman, but beer a little pricey (but thankfully one Purity ale in addition to the Greene King stuff). Surprisingly no menus out at around 5pm on a Saturday, which seemed odd, but we were only pausing here for a drink en route- and the outside space was pleasant.
Just off the main road, this was filling up for football veiwers, but still OK. Ale on offer, but it was Doom Bore, so I opted for Stella (proper Stella, not the 4% rubbish). Nothing outstandng, just a typical pub, but certainly OK.
What a fine pub. It’s been mentioned by local CAMRA for a while, and is on the historic pub interior register, and it’s great. Traditional, multi-roomed, great beer at a good price, and a nice beer garden. Pleasant staff too, and a nice, backstreet location just off the 310/313 bus route. A great place for a few beers on a Saturday afternoon.
A backstreet pub, deceptively large, recently refurbished and traditional. Friendly barman, and exceptionally cheap beer in good condition (if memory serves me correctly, £3.15 for a pint and a half of decent ale), which allowing for inflation and beer duty, surely beats even this from 2008.
A debate ensued over hotel or pub, and Stymistress persuaded me that it was pub, despite having rooms and the wanky “eat drink sleep” slogan. We didn’t enter in the best of moods, having had a rare loss of public transport mojo, so we were less than enthused. Trying to be objective, it was OK: beer and staff were fine, it was just a it modern-trendy stripped floor slightly-posh, but overall it wasn’t bad at all, and being at the edge of town, near the station, it was a little quieter, and handy for the bus back.
A mistake: our bus ride to Windemere was on a bus that called everywhere, so it took a long time. This meant we missed food times at The Queens (which seems a bit odd, I’d have thought serving all day would make good money), but we stayed for a drink. A nice, traditional pub, good beer and wine, and outside space (which sadly highlighted the fact that Windemere really needs a bypass). I’d imagine it could get very, very busy.
The Canal Turn sits alongside the A6, with the Lancaster Canal to the other side. It’s a traditional pub, with some modern bits to the building, like large windows looking out over the canal. We’d just missed lunch, sadly, but the beer and wine were both good, and the staff pleasant. I’d imagine a nice sunny day looking over the basin and drinking could be very pleasant.