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boltonbloke: "locals hogging the bar and not moving to allow you to get served"


The continentals find this bizarre aspect of English pub behaviour about the most inexplicable. All the more so, when those at the bar may well be the only few people in the pub, with not a single seat taken. There can't be that many people with piles, so there has to be some other explanation. Do they think that if they went away for ten minutes the staff would forget who they are? Is the fact, that everyone who comes into the pub must stand close to them, the nearest they get to physical intimacy? Are they afraid, that if they sat down they'd be unable to get up again? Is it simply a standing-up competition, to see who leaves first? Are they all crypto-republicans, who wouldn't want to be revealed if the National Anthem were to be played?

That's the best I can do with logic, I'm afraid, and I'm still left wondering...
eddybeer - 22 Dec 2013 15:45
Recently freezing cold and getting difficult to get served due to locals hogging the bar and not moving to allow you to get served.
Maybe they are all hugging together in an effort to keep warm?
boltonbloke - 22 Dec 2013 11:40
Rumours are the landlady is leaving after a row with the pub company over a flooded cellar during the Christmas period.
I hope this is not the case, this lady has turned this pub around and it would be a tragedy if she is allowed to go.
boltonbloke - 9 Feb 2013 01:37
After walking out of Barristers because we could not get served despite only half a dozen people being in the pub this was a refreshing change.
Even though the pub was busy the friendly barman served us very quickly with some excellent Boondoggle which we enjoyed in a warn clean enviroment.
boltonbloke - 7 Jan 2012 10:16
ooops forgive my spelling ( one too many I think )
julie_is_the_name - 21 Dec 2011 13:36
This is the most welcomming , child friendly pub for miles .
It does great lunchtime meals, always goes down well , served by the most friendliest of bar staff.
just off J6 Blackrod.
I always enjoy my time in this pub be it having a drink or just a meal, your made very welcome as so are the children that come along too
julie_is_the_name - 21 Dec 2011 13:33
Still good.
Redwing - 5 Dec 2011 20:38
Excellent ale on my visit with 6 hand pumps including Marstons and Jennings. Friendly welcoming place. A more than decent local boozer.
handsofconcrete - 19 Feb 2010 00:12
Seems it doent open till 12 on a saturday - which is a shame as would have tried it this weekend. Looks like it may have to wait, alternative venue to be sought
Saleblu - 9 Dec 2009 16:46
I lived in Blackrod from 1972 - 1978 in Harrison Crescent. Was this pub then called the New Inn in the hollow just past where Dr Cyril (Unsworth ) lived?
I used to go fairly often and really liked it - used to meet Dr Cyril there sometimes and his friend Peter McNab who lived in Vicarage Road and worked at British Leyland and was something to do with the trade union there. We had lots of good long conversations and arguments in there.
During the big freeze, was it 1947? when Blackrod was cut off and a soup kitchen was established on the A6 the story goes that a Wigan bus was stranded just outside the New Inn on the bend and the driver stayed in the pub for 3 days during which time the snow drifts covered the double decker completely!
I know both Dr Cyril and his brother Dr Jim both died relatively young (60-ish) but does anyone remember Peter McNab - is he still alive>
toothache - 27 Oct 2009 00:08
Landlord seems to be making a real effort here - two more handpumps added to the bar bringing the real ales on offer to six. A proper traditional pub.
Redwing - 24 Sep 2009 18:29
Similarly very happy to find this pub open again, friendly, welcoming with excellent beer on offer. It's good to have it back.
Redwing - 3 Mar 2009 18:49
Good to see this place re-open again. Friendly landlady seems to be in the process of sprucing the place up, four hand pull beers on offer and the Jennings I sampled was very good, lets hope they make a go of it.
boltonbloke - 18 Feb 2009 20:57
Beltin pint, and more to the point 'A great welcoming'. A+++++++
teash - 17 Sep 2006 05:29
I agree with anonymous. Much better now. Really welcoming. They've put a lot of effort into turning it into what it used to be - a good time!
sn00piuk - 30 Jul 2006 13:15
thank goodness the sour-puss landlord has finally gone and there's some long needed atmosphere back into a pub that was like a morgue that hated children animals women men or pretty much that didn't support a nearby "red" football team. now much more entertaining with smiling faces, flowers, food, and music.
anonymous - 19 Jul 2006 11:19
A good local Burtonwood's pub. Never had a bad pint here.
Rivington - 10 Apr 2006 14:57

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