Friday, 24 July 2015

Unique club. Unique experience, no argument!

Well, it's good to be back in dear old Blighty, after a jolly jaunt in Brittany. I do miss the taste of cask conditioned beer - and it was pleasing to be back, hunting down a watering hole, for my weekly pub review once more.

In fact, this week, it's an award-winning club, that's in the beery spotlight. The KSC 110 Club, Burnley, is currently the custodian of East Lancs CAMRA's, Club of the Year.

It's quite an imposing structure, on three levels. And is situated close to Turf Moor, home of Burnley Football Club.
 The main Yorkshire Street entrance used to be part of Noonan's undertakers. This was when the present area was split into three buildings. 
However, since 1962 it has been the home of the 110 Club - and I think most of the spirits are now, behind the bar.

It's a typical club design, boasting a spacious, open plan room. With lots of comfy seating. Most of it being around the perimeter of the club. And along with its cream coloured decor, it gave the club a warm, bright and welcoming environment.

I was met by the clubs manager, Ryan Murphy. Ryan has been managing the club for the last three and a half years - and has obviously played his part in the club being crowned East Lancashire's finest in 2015, by the local CAMRA branch.

Ryan said: " It came as quite a shock, when we initially won the Burnley area award. As there are so many excellent clubs in the locality. But to then go and win the East Lancs title. That was extra pleasing for all the staff and our loyal customers."

There was three cask ales on offer, all priced at £2.40 a pint, on my midweek visit. Four are available over the weekend period. One was a Marstons brew, named, Jimmy Anderson's King of Swing.

had felt obliged to order a barrel, with Jimmy being both a local and national cricketing hero. He had tried to order some if my creation, Magoo's Brew. But it had sold out. 

However, this second choice ale didn't bowl me over. It was uninspiring, thinly flavoured, malty ale and not very refreshing - in my opinion. Although in good condition, it was a real disappointment. 
But worry not, there were two local ales to savour. The club having an excellent reputation for supporting many of  the area's local brewers.

To be honest the second slurp from Darwen brewer, Hopstar, was in a different league to the bland Marstons tipple. Their Summer Daze was delicious. Refreshing and bursting with both citrus and tropical fruit flavours. A Darwen delight, in great condition.

The third tipple, was equally impressive. Worsthorne, Red Man is a Burnley belter. Arguably one of the most popular beers in the locality. Malty, refreshing, with a subtle bitterness and a pleasant citrusy finish. Not surprisingly, a regular fixture at the club.

Ryan said:"We always have local ales on the bar. Not long ago we only had two pumps. However, the surge in demand for cask ale, has meant increasing it to four. Worsthorne, Big Clock(Accrington) and Reedley Hallows are regular here - and very well liked.

The KSC 110 Club is a most warm and welcoming environment. Having an eclectic range of friendly and chatty patrons. Manager, Ryan Murphy, was a most affable, informative and helpful host. Obviously committed to maintaining the clubs high standards and fine reputation.

Finally, I wish to conclude this review, with a special thanks to club stalwarts,Terry Long and Trevor 

Ireland. They kept me royally entertained, with their many anecdotes and history of the club. 
One tale from Terry, about a sportsman's dinner, with Tommy Docherty, was hilarious. The lady members, at this Catholic club, not being impressed with his industrial language.
Aye, Terry and Trevor, two gents I respected, as they make the club scene, what it is. Part of our social fabric.

Long live our social clubs......