It started out at the rural Kettledrum Inn at Cliviger. on the outskirts of Burnley. A fine traditional boozer, and looked forward to a nice pint. Shock, horror, disappointment, no cask ales! I couldn't believe it.The lady was very apologetic. However, how does this situation come about.
Not surprisingly the pub is for sale, and has been for some time. It has been said the owners just do not move with the times and just pander to the needs of their dwindling clientele! Perhaps they have a point.
Thankfully, there are two pubs in the pretty village square of Worsthorne and the doors of the Bay Horse were wide open and a sign on the steps saying, cask ales £2 a pint. Well chuffed!
Although the choice was restricted, just the two, the Marstons EPA was in fine condition.The other cask being Thwaites Original.
The Bay Horse saved the day.It's a well run pub and the staff were polite and helpful. And it's good to see a landlord doing offers, in order to increase custom. Just a shame a pub down the road in the next parish, could not show the same enthusiasm.
A strange day. Three pubs perhaps exposing the present climate and situation of the rural boozer.