Posted 27 March 2013 - 01:43 PM
Silver Talley, Standish, refurbished closed down Thwaites pub The Foresters, opened by local micro brewery Prospect ( of Oz Clarke and James May fame )
The Hop Vine, Burscough, another refurbished closed down pub this time with its own on site micro brewery.
The Anvil, WIgan Town Centre, Allgates Brewery owned very traditional boozer with excellant range of beers.
John Bull Chophouse, Thwaites house but has a selection of guest beers. Recently had a makeover but nothing too drastic, now has 5 hand pumps and serving a selection of home made pies from Cumbria. Renowned for its jukebox.
The Holt Arms (The Foot), Billinge, nice tidy pub, cracking in summer with bowling green at the back, thats if you can get there on our one summers day.
Hawkshead Brewery Tap, Stavely Cumbria, modern bar at the Hawkshead Brewery, full range of own beers, occasionally a guest. Good food including Beer Tapas.
Watermill Inn, Ings Cumbria, another pub with its own brewery, excellant food and huge range of beers.
Staleybridge Station Buffet Bar, cracking small conversion to a drinking house, very traditional food (pie and peas, hotpot etc.). Don't visit at weekend.
For a bizarre experience, Fiddle I'th Bag, Burtonwood, its like having a pint with the Steptoes.
In London I like The Ship Tavern tucked away down Gate Street behind Holborn Station.
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