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The Westgate, Halifax

To use a cliche this is a traditional, town centre local. Frequented mainly by male fans of horse racing and Rugby League when I visited (Saturday lunchtime). It was a peaceful and relaxing place to while away an hour or two.

Beers where Tetley's Bitter, Caledonian Top Banana and Theakston's XB. I tried the first two and they were pleasant enough.

14 Jul 2012 20:27

Shears Inn, Halifax

Hmmmm, I have to say I was a bit disappointed. Excellent beer, (I had Taylor's Golden Best and Best Bitter), and the pub is in a fascinating historical industrial area. I didn't eat but heard people saying how nice the food was. Service was prompt and friendly.

But I feel the pub has been spoiled by thoughless internal refurbishment. What looks like it used to be at least two rooms is now knocked into one. Decoration and soft furnishing is what I would call "Wilco's Chic" as favoured by so called 'boutique hotels'- strong colours, lots of stripes and big flowers - and out of character with the history of the pub. It will look out of date in a couple of years.

Add to that slightly obtrusive and bland music and I feel this pub could be superb but is merely good.

14 Jul 2012 20:18

The Boulevard, Wigan

I was expecting a grungy and dark bar but was pleasantly surprised at how bright and friendly the place was, with a good mix of drinkers in (it was Wigan beer festival weekend). I visited mid afternoon and imagine it gets much busier and noisier later on.

Good selection of real ales and real cider. Will go again.

10 Mar 2011 21:20

The Black Horse, Darwen

Visited on the strength of the Fallon's Ales mentioned in my (2011) Good Beer Guide but the beers were nowhere to be seen. Instead I found a pretty uninspiring choice of national brands. I can't even remember what I had. It was OK,but nothing exciting.
The pub itself is nice and comfortable, with a mainly local clientelle. I am sure the radio station tehy had on was Welsh....

10 Mar 2011 21:12

Globe, Liverpool

If you are a first time visitor to Liverpool and only have a chance to go to one pub, makse sure it is The Globe. It is handy for Lime Street stations so you have no excuse not too!

I have been going here all my drinking life and it is like the whole city condensed into one pub - friendly, lively, boisterous, occasionally rowdy and like nowhere else on earth.

A real mixed group of drinkers here from 18 to 80 but tending towards the top of that range. Great selection of half a dozen or so real ales. Friendly, brassy,typically scouse barmaids (it is always barmaids).

A highlight is a lunchtime pint in here during big rce meetings at Aintree. You will see retired/saked dockers drinking next to countrty types in tweed and brogues.

A fantastic pub.

1 Mar 2011 18:56

The Queens, Bacup

There used to be many, many pubs like this but we took them for granted and now they have gone. A rather scruffy frontage conceals an immaculately clean and smart interior with polcihed woodwork and ceramic tilework. Don't imagine a Victorian palace - i woul dguess the interior is post war - but this really took me back to my youth and I felt really at home here.

Only disappointment was the cask beer selection - cask John Smith's only - but friendly service and the pub itself made up for this.


1 Mar 2011 18:49

The Crown, Bacup

Visited for the first time on Saturday lunchtime and had a couple of pints of good quality, local beer. There were a few regulars sitting at the bar and the place was nice and relaxed. Friendly and efficient service.

1 Mar 2011 18:45

The Cricketers Arms, Keighley

Great selection and quality of beer, plus the best selection of crisps I have ever seen. Only gripe is that one of the drinkers feels that this is a place where it is OK to make ignorant racist comments.

21 Feb 2011 20:24

The Boltmakers Arms, Keighley

Excellent choice and quality of beer. Comfortable, friendly, relaxed old fashioned pub. Only gripe is that this is a drinking pub, (no food served), so the young children sitting with their parents were not particularly welcome (by me!).

21 Feb 2011 20:21

Red Lion, Skipton

Decent choice and quality of beer but not a place I'd recommend. Service was fine and the pub itself is comfortable if rather sterile. But the only 'atmosphere' in the place came from a very noisy lot watching live football on TV, one or two of whom really seemed to love the sound of their own voice.

21 Feb 2011 20:17

The Narrow Boat, Skipton

Excellent in many ways - great beer choice and quality, interesting building, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. I visited in the daytime but I imagine the slightly off the beaten track location keeps the pub crawling idiots away.

Only one negative comment - no food mid afternoon (on a Saturday).

21 Feb 2011 20:13

The Tim Bobbin Hotel, Burnley

Yes, well, aside from the fact that I once saw a gentleman exposing himself here , and I don't mean in the toilet, this is an OK pub. The beer is Sam Smith's and is cheap and reliable, if not spectacular. The customers are local and can seem a bit rough, but they keep themselves to themselves and don't hassle you.

13 Feb 2011 20:57

The Talbot, Burnley

Agree with the previous comments. Well worth a visit for good beer and friendly atmosphere.

13 Feb 2011 20:54

Brun Lea, Burnley

Yes, it's a Wetherspoon's and yes it lacks atmosphere and soul, but (in the daytime at least) it is a relaxing spot for a drink. The service is friendly and speedy and the beer is good. There is normally at least one beer from the local Moorhouse's brewery available.

13 Feb 2011 20:51

The Gannow Wharf, Burnley

An interesting old canal side pub a mile or so out of the town centre but well worth finding. As a previous reviewer has said, the boss is extremely friendly and helpful and is ken to hear what customers think of his beer. Around 7 or 8 beers usually available, most of them from Lancashire and the rest of the North West.

13 Feb 2011 20:41

The Derby Arms, Burnley

It now now been knocked down. I drove past the site last week.

13 Feb 2011 20:37

The Coach and Horses Inn, Burnley

Admittedly it doesn't look promising from the outside, and the inside is a bit worn and torn, but this is a friendly and relaxed old pub. The couple who run the pub have been there a couple of years, and are gradually giving it some much needed refurbishment without ruining the character of the place. They are also very welcoming hosts; for example when my friend arrived with a weekend bag they looked after it while we went to the football match.

The pub itself is divided into three main areas, including a pool room at the back which the younger drinkers tend to use. Note the map of Burnley town centre on the ceiling above the front door and the "MBB" (Massey's Burnley Brewery) windows.

On the beer front, you will usually find something from Robinson's plus one or two guests. The beer is well kept but some people find it slightly too cold (well, it has been a cold winter!). A treat during the colder months is Robinson's Old Tom served straight from a cask on top of the bar. You will often find a real cider here too.

A mixed range of customers, generally aged 30+. Usually fairly quiet but can get quite busy and atmospheric when Burnley are at home.

Try it, you might like it.

13 Feb 2011 20:30

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