Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Is there a lack of decent pubs in your town centre?

There are instances in life when you feel it is totally necessary to redress the balance. A balance relating, in this instance, to a topic of conversation I overheard in a pub recently.

The conversation in question related to the lack of decent pubs in our local town centre's. Oh yes, that tiresome, tedious and repetitive old chestnut, that in my opinion, is a grossly exaggerated one.

Now, I was very tempted to interject and give my four-penneth, in order to explain that most of our town centre watering holes appear to be doing fine, thank you very much - and in many cases they give the impression they are running very successful ventures.

However, I refrained from intervention. As I got the impression from their woolly musings, that this gaggle of aging doom and gloom brethren, would more than likely treat my opposing view with total disdain. 

So, here I present to you, what I would have basically relayed to the chunnering, misinformed posse, in the bar area. Who, I hasten to add, didn't know from Adam!

Where is there evidence that there is a lack of decent drinking dens in my local area, namely, East Lancashire? What a load of old baloney. Absolute unsubstantiated drivel. Your views are unverified. Please permit me to explain an opposing and factual retort.

So, allow me to ascend to my soapbox and commence with a town in my region, namely, Colne. It's an environment with a plethora of beery, central town destinations. The Red Lion, Duke of Lancaster and the Wetherspoon's outlet, The Wallace Hartley. Are a trio of tasty taverns. 

A hop, skip and a stagger from the Wallace Hartley, you will find a triumvirate of micro-bars. Boyces Barrel; Cask and Keg and Tapster's Promise. The trio on Newmarket Street, are all next door to each other! Each having their own individuality and varied drinking experience.

Do you know of an example of THREE microbars (left) all next door to each other? I would be surprised if 
you did.

Neighbouring Burnley town centre offers an excellent choice for the discerning ale drinker. The New Brew-m and the multi award-winning Bridge Bier Huis, are among two of the finest in the region. Add to that, two Wetherspoon's outlets, namely, the Brun Lea and Boot Inn. Plus the Coach and Horses,Swan Inn, Talbot Hotel and KSC 110 club. And you are simply spoilt for choice, no argument.

(Landlord, Simon Scott(pictured left), at the award-winning, Bridge Bier Huis)

Accrington town centre replicates Burnley, with their fine drinking emporiums. The Abbey, Commercial, Canine Club and Arden, are a quality quartet. With, dare I say, the icing on the cake being the outstanding and award-winning Grant's Bar. Home to the Big Clock Brewery.

Over in Padiham, decent pubs are in abundance for a small town. The Bridge Inn, Flying Dutchman, Hand and Shuttle, Molly Rigby's and Katy Kelly's, are all pretty central. And it's certainly worth a few extra strides to enjoy fine cask ales in the Free Gardener's Arms. And in one of the area's premier pubs, the Hare and Hounds. Where seven rotating cask ales are on offer.

A relatively short trip to Whalley, will present you with a good variety of drinking establishments. The De Lacy, Dog Inn, Swan Inn and  Brady's Bar, are all within close proximity. A fifth, Jack's Bar, betwixt the De Lacy and Dog Inn, is a recent addition to the village's vibrant drinking scene.

A few miles away in Darwen, you will find more fine drinking dens. The town centre boasts a good selection of tasty taverns. A trio certainly worthy of mention are: The Bridgewater, offering eight cask ales; Number 39, Hopstar Brewery Tap. And Wetherspoon's, The Old Chapel.

Finally, there is always a good choice of hostelries in Clitheroe town centre. The recently opened Beer Hall at Holmes Mill, has been getting rave reviews. Over forty, yes forty, cask beers are available.

(The stunning horseshoe bar at the Bowland Brewery, Beer Hall. Does it measure up to being the longest bar in the UK?)

The New Inn, close to the castle, serves ten cask ales. And The Ale House, close by, dispenses a great range of both cask and bottled beers. Plus the central area, just for good measure, boasts two fine clubs, namely Catholic and Conservative.

So, there you have it. Case proven m'lud. Just some of East Lancashire's town centre's, that offer an abundance of fine drinking destinations - and choice! I  am sure many reading this can offer similar examples too.

Examples, that totally disprove the opinions of that gaggle on moaning , misinformed muppets, I encountered recently.