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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 Cock Inn

The middle of nowhere, Glenluce sort-of:

We’d been here before, but it was a long, long time ago. Pleasant, old roadside pub, with friendly owners and decent food. One cask ale on offer, but I was driving :-(, so Becks alcohol-free it was. It had new-ish owners, and had been smartened up recently. Music, but not too loud, good selection of soft drinks. Great views over the bay to one side.

The Crown Hotel

Portpatrick:

Our base for a couple of days. We arrived in bright sunshine, having driven through snow, and grabbed a drink to sit outside with. Very friendly staff, good beer and wine, and great food, the atmosphere of an old-fashioned village pub in the bar, with a real fire. Popular for, but not dominated by food, and (as an aside) nice rooms.