Friday, 6 April 2012


I experienced the good, the not so good and the bad, in three  boozers recently. It surprised me on all three counts, as they were all traditional real ale pubs. 
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.
So, the stroll continued, as I headed for the village of Worsthorne.About a half hours brisk walking along the quiet country lanes. I was intending to visit the Crooked Billet. A pub that had reopened just a few days ago and thankfully operating as a free house and not a pubco. Well, blow me down with a feather! The boozer was shut, on a glorious Thursday lunchtime. Ok, may be the early part of the week. However, surprised a recently opened pub, was shut on a Thursday lunchtime. Mind you, I will be back for the Timmy Taylors and the local Worsthorne Brewery ales. Oh, and the pie and peas, priced at three quid!  
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.