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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 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.

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.

The Queensberry Arms

Annan, Dumfries & Galloway:

OK, it’s a hotel, but this has to be stretched in Scotland: generally the local hotel is also the pub. There’s several pubs in town in this case, but this isn’t always the case, and the bar felt pubby.

No cask ale, but tolerable lager (Staropramen). Barman friendly enough, atmosphere OK (but marked down for TV showing some third-rate channel), nothing exceptional though.

The Swan With Two Necks

Longdon:

We were actually here for a wake, the last time being for a wedding some 20 years ago. It’s changed a bit, having been closed for a while a few years back, and the current incarnation is obviously moving towards the food-led gastropub- slightly upmarket.

It doesn’t mean it’s just a restaurant with pub pretensions, I’m happy to say, it’s still a pub, and not a bad one at all. We didn’t have the usual menu, as they’d put a buffet on, but everything was decent quality, and the beer and wine were fine, and the staff pleasant. A little bit middle-class staffordshire for me, but just the right side of up itself.