Friday, 19 October 2012

WHAT'S THE BEST VALUE PINT YOU HAVE HAD RECENTLY?

It has been said to me many times. ''Briggsy, what is the cheapest pint you have had recently?''My response is always, ''A value pint is a better way of describing it pal.'' Cheap sometimes means a shite pint. I dont like that description. Always prefer to say a 'value pint', as opposed to a 'cheap pint'. A proper pint that represents great value.


AMBER TAVERNS DONE A GOOD JOB
That said, a chance visit to a boozer recently raised the question of a value pint. I had done some shopping at Morrison's. Heavy bag and 40 minutes for a bus. You know the score. Only means one thing really. Time for a pint!

The boozer I visited was the Station Hotel in Nelson, Lancashire. Recently refurbished and reopened by Amber Taverns. And thankfully, with cask ales on offer once more. Also, it's conveniently just 30 yards from the bus station!


PRIDE OF PENDLE,BLOND & WITCHES
It's a fine historical boozer and found three Moorhouse's casks were on offer. Blimey, £1.85 a pint. I was gobsmacked. The Pendle Witch was in great nick. Surely they cannot be making much on this? A special deal with the brewery? I felt a tinge of sadness for other pubs who simply had to sell the same product for up to a pound more. In fact, I bet some of you have paid over three nicker for a pint of real ale! 

Still, from a punters point of view, this was beer heaven. Quality ale and change from two quid. They even had 70's Motown playing throughout my visit. Weh, hey, brings back dance floor memories. And shitty keg beer!

So for me, there aint a better value pint around, here up north, at present than the £1.85 being charged at the Station Hotel, for their choice of three Moorhouse's beers.

The pub sells other brews such as Jennings and Thwaites. However, on this visit, the Burnley brews were on the pumps.

Interested to know what is your recent value pint. And where you sampled it? I think it's fair to exclude Wetherspoons here. Want to know what other boozers are doing their bit to entice us real ale drinkers through their doors.