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The Drill Inn

Burntwood:

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.

The Nags Head

Burntwood:

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.

The Elleray

Windemere:

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.

The Queens

Windemere:

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 Kings Arms

Morecambe:

Big seafront pub- a huge space downstairs, open plan, and almost as large in the sports bar upstairs. Not my perfect kind of pub, but it does the family feedbag thing quite well (though we didn’t eat) downstairs, and keeps the loud TVs and shouting upstairs, which seems good to me. Staff friendly, beer not bad at all (and well priced), and there’s a good amount of seafront outside seating, which suited us on a sunny day.

The Eric Bartholomew

Morecambe:

Morecambe’s spoons. I don’t think we caught it at a good time, mid afternoon on a sunny bank holiday, but this was the grimmest pub of our holiday. It got off to a bad start with only dark ales on offer- in summer, compounded it by the usual spoons trick of making the toilets a considerable hike, added to it again by not allowing us to take our drinks outside (so why provide fucking tables?), and finished it off with the typical food detritus, sticky table, and noisy children combo that can affect a Wetherspoons all too often. We left, quickly, for the seafront pubs and a pint in relative peace.

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

Lancaster:

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.