Sunday, 18 September 2016

Manchester : Ancoats,Miles Platting plus a couple in City Centre Crawl 29th December 1992

This was to be a crawl of some of Manchester's inner city pubs to the East of the City Centre.
I took the usual Trans Peak bus from Nottingham to Manchester and then a walk from Chorlton Street bus station and into Ancoats for the start of my crawl which was done on a Tuesday as it was Factory shutdown week for Christmas.
My main aim was looking for some grim estate pubs and older pubs that looked in threat of closure,but to be honest i would do any pub i came across.

Ancoats

1: Crown Inn

(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


This was a pretty grim looking estate pub that was situated on Old Mill Street which was a pretty busy road which ran through the middle of Ancoats.
The pub had the usual two room layout with a basic bar and a lounge which was out of use.
This was a Wilsons tied house and had no real ales on,i had a drink of keg Wilsons bitter which was a poor drink,but went down well after the long journey up here.
The pub seemed pretty uninviting.
The Crown Inn as now been pulled down.

I took a short walk down a side street to get to my next pub.

2: Bank of England

(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


What a great name for a run down corner pub in deepest Ancoats.
The pub still sported its Chesters signage which i always liked to see.
I had a drink in the bar which was quite basic,there were two real ales on,i had a drink of Chesters Mild which was a nice drink,there was also Whitbread Trophey on.
I was well pleased in doing this pub,but better was to come.

A short walk along pollard street and i found my next pub.

3: Auld Lang Syne 

 (c) photo taken by Alan Winfield

A small stand alone pub that was in an industrial area.
There was a corner entrance which took me into a smallish room which was carpeted and seemed quite comfortable,there was one real ale on which was Tetley bitter,this was a decent drink,the pub was empty probably due to it being just after Christmas and all the factories around were closed.
Sadly another Ancoats pub to have been pulled down.

I now walked back over Great Ancoats Street to do my next pub.

4: Moulders Arms

(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


A small back street pub that had some nice brown tiling outside,the pub was basic inside but still seemed quite nice.
The pub was a Burtonwood tied house when i did it,there were two real ales on,i had a drink of Burtonwood Bitter which was a very nice drink,there was also Burtonwood Mild on.
Yet another Ancoats pub to be pulled down.

It was now back across Great Ancoats street and to the South of the Ancoats area.

5: The Falcon

(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


A stand alone pub and the only pub on the busy Merrill Street.
It seemed pretty down at heel when i visited it,the room was carpeted and had bench seating,the outside signage said Free House,but there were no real ales on,there were three keg bitters so it was a Free House,i had a drink of keg Bass which was a poor drink,the other keg bitters in this drinking emporium were Websters Green Label and John Smiths bitter before it had been smoothed.
Another pub to bite the dust.

After a short walk along Merrill Street i found my next pub just off it.

6: Mitchell Arms

(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


A decent looking stand alone pub that was a Banks's tied house,the pub had a couple of rooms inside,i had a drink in the bar which was fairly basic,but decent enough and warm.
There were two real ales on,i had a drink of Banks's Bitter which was a decent drink,there was also Banks's Mild on.
Sadly now closed down.

The fog was starting to get a bit thicker and it was getting colder.
It was a short walk to my next pub which was situated on Oswald Street which was off Every street.

7: Cheshire Cheese

(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


A nice looking white painted stand alone pub which still had Chesters signage outside.
This was a proper old pub inside with a couple of rooms,i had a drink in the bar which was a nice room to be in.
There were two real ales on,i had a drink of Chesters Mild which was a very nice drink,there was also Coachmans Bitter on.
I thought this was a very pleasant pub to have a drink in,sadly now pulled down.
I wonder what this area looks like now 24 years later. 

It was another shortish walk down to the bottom end of Ancoats to get to my next pub.

8: The River

(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


This was a smallish two roomed pub that was close to the River Medlock,i had a drink in a very comfortable lounge which was nice and warm on a very cold day.
The River was a Burtonwood tied house when i did it,there was one real ale on which was Burtonwood Bitter,this was a very nice drink.
Now closed and not sure of its fate.

It was a good walk heading North though Ancoats to get to my next pub,ime not really sure why i did these in this order,but i was asking about where pubs were while doing my Pub Crawl.

9: Brown Cow

(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


A very grim looking estate pub in an equally grim area of Ancoats,the pub had the usual two room layout with a basic bar and a lounge,i had a drink in the bar which had a boisterous atmosphere.
This was a Wilsons tied house with one real ale on,this was Wilsons Bitter which was a decent drink.
Sadly now pulled down.

A shortish walk back into the middle of the Ancoats estate and i found my next pub.

10: Cob O' Coal

(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


This was a large looking stand alone pub that looked in a right mess with lots of its windows boarded up,so i was surprised to see a door open.
The Cob O' Coal was a Whitbread tied house that still had its Chesters signage outside,the inside seemed pretty run down and in need of repair,to my surprise there were two real ales on,i had a drink of Chesters Bitter which was a decent drink,there was also Chesters Mild on.
Yet another Ancoats pub close down.

It was a fairly short walk down to Bradford Road to get to my next pub.

11: The Magpie

(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


This was a typical looking 70s built estate pub that i love going in,the pub still had its Chesters signage outside,the pub had two rooms with a smart looking lounge and a more basic bar where i had a drink,there were two real ales on,i had a drink of Chesters Mild which was a decent drink,the other beer was Whitbread Trophy.
Sadly this is another Ancoats pub to bite the dust.

I carried on walking up Bradford road and into the Miles Platting area of Manchester.

Miles Platting


12: Bradford Inn

(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


A typical looking 70s built estate pub with two massive gas towers behind it.
This was a Joseph Holt tied house so i was well pleased,as my aim was to do all of their tied estate.
There were the usual two rooms with a decent lounge and a more basic bar,i had a drink in the bar,there were two real ales on,i had a drink of Holts Bitter which went down a treat,there was also Holts Mild on.

13: Cricketers Arms

(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


This was a Marstons tied house that was an estate type pub situated at the top end of Bradford Road.
I had a drink in the bar which was a decent enough room,there was one real ale on which was Marstons Bitter which was not to my taste.
I think The Cricketers Arms is now closed,but not sure of its fate.

I was now off the Bradford Road and heading up Varley street and up to Oldham Road,picking up any pubs along the way.

14: Grey Mare

(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


This was a grim looking pub that had some large tower blocks near it.
Once inside the pub was just as grim and in need of some attention.
This was a Burtonwood tied house when i did it,there was one real ale on which was Burtonwood Bitter,this was a nice drink.
A very rough pub that i was not made welcome in.
Sadly now pulled down.

15: Apollo Hotel

(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


An  estate pub that had a large block of flats next to it.
The pub had two rooms,i had a drink in the bar which had a very rough edge to it.
The Apollo was a Boddingtons tied house so i was pleased,there were two real ales on,i had a drink of Boddingtons Mild which was a nice drink,there was also Boddingtons Bitter on.
Sadly now closed down.

I was now on the Oldham road and heading back towards the City Centre,but i would do more pubs in Ancoats on the way back.

16: Bird in Hand

(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


An old and basic pub that looked to be on its last legs,so i was well pleased to see it still open.
It was quite basic inside with a couple rooms.
The Bird in the Hand was a Wilsons tied house,there were no real ales on,i had a drink of keg Wilsons Bitter which was decent enough.
I was well pleased in doing this pub.
I am not sure of its fate.

Ancoats

17: The Admiral

(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield
 
 (c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


An estate pub that was not far off Oldham Road and had tower blocks close by.
The pub had two rooms,i had a drink in the bar which was very busy and had a rough edge to it.
The Admiral was a Wilsons tied house,there was one real ale on which was Wilsons Bitter,this was a very nice drink.
I am pretty sure this was my second visit to this pub along with the Brown Cow as i had taken a photo of this pub when the weather was warmer,but i was pretty drunk as it was at the end of a large pub crawl so i did not note that visit.
Sadly now pulled down.

18: Jersey Lily

(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


This was a fairly large estate pub that just round the corner from the Admiral.
The pub had  the usual two roomed layout with a large bar and comfortable lounge.
I think this was a Free House but the real ales were from Whitbread,i had a drink of Boddingtons Bitter which was a decent drink,the other real ale was Whitbread Flowers Bitter.
A very pleasant estate pub that was very busy on my Tuesday afternoon visit.
Sadly yet another Ancoats pub to be pulled down.

After a walk though some back streets i found my next pub.

19: Cross Keys

(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


An old pub that had a corner entrance,the pub was fairly basic inside and was a Vaux tied house,there were no real ales on,i had a drink of keg Vaux Samson Bitter which was a pretty poor drink.
Now closed down.

20: Edinburgh Castle

(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


Another small back street pub that was situated not far from Great Ancoats Street.
This was quite a small pub once inside,but it was quite nice.
The Edinburgh  Castle was a Whitbread tied house,there were two real ales on,i had a drink of Boddingtons Bitter which was a decent drink,the other beer was Whitbread Trophy Bitter.
Sadly now closed down.
The photo for this pub was taken on 8th February 1993.

City Centre


21: Land 'O' Cakes

(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


A fairly long fronted pub that was on Great Ancoats Street.
This was a fairly smart pub inside and was a Whitbread tied house.
There were two real ales on,i had a drink of Boddingtons Bitter which was a decent drink,the other beer was Whitbread Trophy.
I am not sure what has happened to this pub since my visit.

22: Seftons

(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


This was a smart Chef & Brewer pub that was set under the Arndale centre.
The pub was quite smart inside and did food.
There were two real ales on,i had a drink of Wilsons Bitter which was a decent drink.
I think this pub may have been blown up by the IRA when they blew up the Arndale centre and areas around it.

This was a great pub crawl done on a very cold late December midweek day.

Next up a newer crawl.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

St Neots,Eynesbury,Eton Socon & Eton Ford Crawl 4th June 2016

This was a pub crawl done with my brother who drove me down to St Neots for a birthday treat.
It was a fairly early start to get to St Neots for 10.30am and hit the Wetherspoons for an early drink,my aim was to do all pubs in St Neots and Eynesbury and do a few more in Eton Socon.
It was a really nice day for doing a crawl not too hot and dry.

St Neots

1: Weeping Ash
(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


This is a typical looking Wetherspoons in their more modern look,it was decent enough inside but the guest beer choice was very poor,so i went for a drink i would not normally go for,this was Wolf Lavender Honey,which was a better drink than i thought it would be.

We took our time in here and set off just before 11am to do our next pub,there were plenty of pubs close by and the next pub was almost next door to the Weeping Ash.

2: Pig N Falcon
 (c) photo taken by Alan Winfield

A decent looking white painted pub,there was a single room inside which i quite liked not too posh,just like a proper pub.
There was a decent choice of real ales on,i had a drink of Potbelly Best which was a very nice drink.
We both quite liked this pub and the background music was to our taste too.

It was a very short walk onto St Neots main shopping street to find our next pub.

3: Coach House
 (c) photo taken by Alan Winfield

A decent looking Greene King tied house which has had a modern makeover inside,but still seems like a proper pub in a smart way.
There were three real ales on,i avoided the Greene King beers and had a drink of St Austell Tribute which was quite nice.
We thought this was a very pleasant and comfortable pub to have a drink in.

After a short walk along the main shopping street and towards the River Great Ouse we found our next pub open.

4: Brook & Barter
(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


This is a very large and modern pub housed in an old building,the room went back a very long way and was sadly empty apart form me and my brother.
There was one real ale on which was Pedigree,this was a decent drink.
Not really our type of pub but there was worse to come.

5: Bridge House
(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


This is a decent looking pub that is situated next to the River Great Ouse.
The pub was quite nice inside and is a Greene King tied house but there was no signage outside to confirm this.
There were three real ales on,i had a drink of Greene King Molecule of Life which was not really to my taste.
We both liked this pub.

It was another short walk along the shopping street to get to our next pub.

6: Corner House
(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


By the look of this pub from the outside we thought it would be the worst pub in St Neots so we had to do it.
We were right a pretty crap room which had a few younger drinkers acting like twats.
There were no real ales on which was no surprise,i had a drink of keg Charles Wells Eagle Bitter which was drinkable but bland.
I an pleased we did the pub as most other reviewers of pubs would not venture into places like this.

We now decided to walk out to the Bulls Head which is on the main road heading to the train station,after a bit of a walk i decided not to bother with it, i could have walked it but my brother does not walk as much as me and i thought it would be too far for him.

We decided to take the short walk down to Eynesbury which we thought had four pubs,it was not long before we came across our first pub here.

Eynesbury

7: Chequers Inn
(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


A nice looking white painted pub that is set sideways onto the main road.
There were a few different rooms inside with the main bar room to the front being quite busy with older drinkers,the other rooms were probably for diners.
There was one real ale on here which was Shepherd Neame Spitfire,this was a decent drink.
The friendly locals said we would be lucky to get a drink in the Nags Head,but we had to give it a try.

After a short walk down the road we found our next pub.

Nags Head
(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


This looks like a fully functional pub from the outside and the front door was open but when we went up to it there was a table blocking the entrance with details about what this hotel now as to offer.
We were dissapointed and carried on walking down berkeley street to get to the next pub.
We walked past the Hare and Hounds so we could do it on the way back to St Neots.

8: Cambridgeshire Hunter
(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield



This is a decent looking pub and a Charles Wells tied house,so i was well pleased as i like doing proper tied houses.
The pub was decent enough inside and catered well for the local drinkers, there is also a separate pool room.
There were two real ales on,i had a drink of Charles Wells Eagle IPA which was a nice drink.

9: Hare & Hounds
(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


Another decent looking pub with a decent sized single room and a separate pool room.
There were four real ales on,i had a drink of Adnams Broadside which was a nice drink.
The pub was very busy with locals.

We were now taking the short walk back to St Neots to pick up a few more pubs.

St Neots

10: Ye Old Sun
(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


This is a really nice looking pub so hopefully it would be just as nice inside,it was.
This is a very nice unaltered pub with the main room divided into three areas and also having a beamed ceiling,there was a bar billiards table to the left and in use,there is also a small snug behind the bar.
There were five real ales on,i had a drink of York Terrier which was a top notch drink.
This is a really nice pub and i am pleased that we did not know about it before going in which made it all the more of a surprise.

We took another short walk and down a back street to get to our next pub.

11: Hog and Partridge
(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


A typical looking back street pub with lots of housing around it.
The pub sported Batemans signage outside but this is not a Batemans tied house.
The pub had a decent single room inside and a good choice of real ales,with five being on,i had a drink of Longman Session IPA which was a very well kept beer and also very nice.
There were plenty of board games available.
Sadly the pub was empty on our Saturday afternoon visit and is also up for sale,i hope this pub stays open as it would be a shame for it to close down.

It was a short walk to the end of russell street and up new street to get to our next pub.

12: The Hyde Park
(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


A decent looking pub that is set sideways onto the road.
The pub has a single room which is very comfortable with it being carpeted and having bench seating which i like.
There were two real ales on,i had a dink of Black Sheep bitter which was a decent drink.
We quite liked this locals pub which was very busy on a Saturday afternoon.

We were now walking back to the car which was parked on the other side of the river, walked past the Jaz Yorks pub but decided not to do it as we had missed out on the Bulls Head earlier in the crawl.
I said i would do a quick walk to the Barley Mow while my brother had some sandwiches in the car.

Eton Ford

13: Barley Mow
(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


A nice looking Greene King tied house which is just over the river from the Bridge House pub.
The pub was smaller inside than it looked from the outside,it was quite smart and busy with drinkers and diners,there were four real ales on,i had a drink of St Austell Tribute which was a decent drink.

 I did a quick walk back to the car park to meet up with my brother for the drive into Eton Socon.

Eton Socon

14: George & Dragon
(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


This is a Greene King tied house which is on the main road through Eton Socon.
The pub was pretty ordinary inside with a main bar room  and a pool room off it,the one notable thing was a map of St Neots on the ceiling.
There were three real ales on,i had a drink of Greene King London Glory which was not that good.
I was still happy enough doing a pub in a town i have never been to before.

A short drive down the main road and we found our next pub.

15: The Old Sun
(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


A nice looking pub from the outside,but once inside it has had the modern makeover with leather settees and the like.
This is another Greene King tied house with two real ales on,i had a drink of Belhaven Golden Bay which was a nice drink.
A shame the pub is not as good inside as it looks from the outside.

We did a very short walk to get to the next pub.

16: Waggon & Horses
(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


Another really nice looking pub from the outside.
Once inside there was a single room which ran the width of the pub,there were two real ales on,i had a drink of Brains Reverend James  which was a decent drink.
The pub was empty on our Saturday afternoon visit.
Slightly dissapointed with this pub as i do not like drinking in empty pubs.

Back in the car and a short drive to our next pub.

17: White Horse
(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


A really nice looking  pub with a long frontage.
There was a nice bar room and a separate dining room,three real ales on,i had a drink of Adnams Lighthouse which was a very nice drink.
A very pleasant pub which we both liked.

Back in the car and a drive off the main road and down to the river,we were going to do the Millers Arms but it was not open so we carried on down the River Mill.

18: River Mill
(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


A pub in a converted mill and in a good location on an inlet of the Great Ouse.
The pub is fairly modern inside and seating on two levels,we had a drink in the main bar on the ground floor.
There was a decent choice of real ales on,i had a drink of Oakham Citra which was a very nice drink.
The pub was very busy on our Saturday afternoon visit both inside and outside.
A pleasant pub to visit when the weather in nice.

We were now heading to our last pub which was a drive back through the middle of Eton Socon and past the Barley Mow to the top end of Eton Ford.

19: Eton Oak
(c) photo taken by Alan Winfield


An old looking pub that had lots of ivy or something else on its walls.
Once inside the pub had a large single room which had half of it set aside for diners.
The pub is a Charles Wells tied house so i was well pleased and it was the last pub of the crawl,there were two real ales on,i had a drink of Charles Wells Eagle IPA which was a decent drink to end the crawl on.

The A1 was a very short drive from the Eton Oak and we was on our way back to Nottingham.

A great day out and we only missed two pubs in St Neots and one in Eton Socon.

Next up an old pub crawl.




 

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Manchester: Levenshulme, Longsight, Gorton, West Gorton and Ardwick Crawl, 4th July 1992

This was to be a crawl around the inner South and East areas of Manchester. It was the usual early start on the Trans Peak bus from Nottingham and I met a work mate who wanted to do the crawl with me when the bus stopped at Derby. The bus stopped in Levenshulme, so not too far to walk to our first pub and a short wait for the 11:00am opening time.

Levenshulme

1: Church Inn

(c) Photo taken by Alan Winfield


This was a smart looking Greenhalls tied house situated at the North end of Levenshulme. The pub was quite smart inside, and we had a drink in the front room which was smart and comfortable, though there were other rooms in this pub. We had a drink of Greenhalls Bitter which went down well after the long bus journey up here. The Church Inn was a decent pub that has since been pulled down, but why?

We took a short walk through some back streets and into the Longsight area to do the next pub.

Longsight

2: The Garratt

(c) Photo taken by Alan Winfield


This was a typical looking estate pub that was a Joseph Holts tied house, so as a Holts fan I was well pleased. The pub had the usual two room layout with a bar to the front and lounge to the rear. We had a drink in the bar which was fairly basic, but the Holts Bitter went down very well. It's such a shame that this pub has now closed down.

We were now walking north towards West Gorton and found our next pub.

3: The Longsight

(c) Photo taken by Alan Winfield


This was a modern looking 1980s built pub that was fairly close to Belle Vue speedway track. The pub was quite smart inside with an open plan room. The pub was a Banks's tied house, and I had a drink of Banks's Bitter which was a decent drink. This is another pub that is sadly closed down and gone.

We were now walking onto the Hyde Road for our next pub.

Gorton

4: The Midland

A decent sized Bass tied house with a few different rooms inside. We had a drink in the bar which was decent enough. I had a drink of Bass which was a fine drink. Sadly I forgot to take a photo of this pub. Long gone, and a pity I did not take a photo of it (see Pubs of Manchester for a couple of images of the Midland).

After a short walk and going off the Hyde Road we found our next pub.

5: The Pineapple

(c) Photo taken by Alan Winfield


This was a large estate pub that looked like it was built in the early 1980s. The pub had two large rooms inside, and we had a drink in the bar which was quite smart and comfortable. The pub was a Hydes tied house so i was well pleased. I had a drink of Hydes Bitter which went down well. Sadly this pub is now closed down.

After a short walk along Garratt Way we found our next pub.

6: The Suburban

(c) Photo taken by Alan Winfield


This was a decent sized pub that looked like an early 1980s estate pub, but is in fact an original pub that has undergone external work. It was very handy for Gorton market and the shops nearby, but has since been almost swallowed by a Tesco. The pub had the usual two decent sized rooms, and I had a drink in the bar which was a decent room. The pub was a Lees tied house, and I had a drink of Lees Bitter which was decent enough. I think this pub is now closed, what a shame.

After a short walk along Garratt Way we found the junction with Wellington Street where we were told there were a couple more pubs to do. My mate was flagging by now so said he would miss a few pubs out and go in ones nearby and wait for me.

7: The Angel

(c) Photo taken by Alan Winfield


This was a Geeenhalls tied house with a couple of rooms. I had a drink in the main bar room which was decent enough. There were two real ales on, and I had a drink of Greenhalls Bitter which was bland but drinkable

8: Cotton Tree

(c) Photo taken by Alan Winfield


This was a decent looking town pub that had Websters signage outside. Once inside the pub had two rooms, and had a drink in a decent bar. There were no Websters beers on the the bar, but there was Wilsons Bitter on which was a decent drink.

9: Royal Oak

(c) Photo taken by Alan Winfield


This is a nice looking pub that is very close to the Cotton Tree but on the opposite side of the road. The pub was quite smart inside with a couple of rooms, and we had a drink in a very comfortable lounge. The pub was a Boddingtons tied house when we did it, and the Boddingtons Bitter went down well.

We were now heading back onto the Hyde Road to find some more pubs.

10: Vale Cottage

(c) Photo taken by Alan Winfield


This was a really nice looking pub that was situated just off the busy Hyde Road. Once inside the pub had a couple of rooms and had a proper pubby atmosphere to it. The pub was a Wilsons tied house when I did it with two real ales on. I had a drink of Wilsons Bitter which was a decent beer. This was a very nice pub to have a drink in.

We were going to walk down Hyde Road picking up any pubs along the road, and any that were close by on side streets if we were told where they were.

West Gorton

11: Coach & Horses

(c) Photo taken by Alan Winfield


This was a basic Robinsons tied house that was situated just off Hyde Road. Once inside the pub was very basic with a very basic bar and a lounge that was not much better. There were two real ales on, so I had a drink of Robinsons Bitter which went down well. This pub has now sadly been pulled down.

12: Victoria

(c) Photo taken by Alan Winfield


This was a decent looking stand alone pub that had Chesters signs outside, but in a red colour and not the usual green. The pub had a couple of rooms inside,i had a drink in a decent bar. This was a Whitbread tied house but still had Chesters Bitter and Mild on the bar. The Chesters Bitter was a decent drink. This pub has been pulled down with nothing on its site now, what a waste.

13: Travellers Call

(c) Photo taken by Alan Winfield


A very basic and small Hydes tied house set in a run down terrace of cafes and shops. Once inside the pub was quite small with a couple of small rooms. I had a drink in the bar which was pretty basic, though the Hydes bitter was a decent enough drink. This pub is still going.

14: The Aces

(c) Photo taken by Alan Winfield


This is the sort of pub I like doing - an estate pub that was in a pretty grotty area of West Gorton. Once inside the pub had the usual two room layout with a decent sized bar, where we had a drink, and a more comfortable lounge. To my surprise there were four real ales on the bar! I had a drink of Holts Bitter which went down very well, while there was also Wethered's Bitter, Boddingtons Bitter and Oldham Mild on the bar. This pub has also now closed down and been demolished, what a shame.

15: The Wellington

(c) Photo taken by Alan Winfield


This was a top notch estate pub situated in the middle of the grim West Gorton estate. What more could you ask for - a grim looking pub in an equally grim looking estate? The pub had the usual two room layout with a basic bar and more comfortable lounge. We had a drink in the bar which had a bit of a rough edge to it. The pub was a Bass tied house with no real ales on, so I had a drink of keg Worthington Bitter which was pretty poor. I was well pleased doing this pub, but it has now sadly closed down.

16: The Dolphin

(c) Photo taken by Alan Winfield


The Dolphin was a decent enough stand alone pub that was very close to the now demolished Junction pub. Once inside the pub had a couple of small rooms. It was a Whitbread tied house with two real ales on the bar, and I had a drink of Castle Eden Bitter which was a very nice drink, while the other beer was Whitbread Trophy Bitter.

17: The Junction

(c) Photo taken by Alan Winfield


This was a really nice looking pub that had a nice green tiled frontage and it Chesters signage still in place. The pub was situated on the corner of Great Clowes Street and Hyde Road. It had a couple of decent rooms inside, and we had a drink in the bar which was a nice room. There were two real ales on, so I had a drink of Chesters Bitter which went down well, and the other beer was Chesters Mild. This pub has now been pulled down with nothing on its site, what a great shame.

18: Wellington Hotel

(c) Photo taken by Alan Winfield


This was a decent looking bare brick built pub that had a very large factory behind it. The pub still sported its old Chesters signage which I have always liked. Once inside the pub was fairly basic with a couple of rooms, and we had a drink in the bar room which was basic but we didn't mind it. There were no real ales on here, so I had a drink of keg Whitbread Chesters Mild which was not that bad. There was also keg Chesters Bitter on the bar.

We carried on walking down Hyde Road towards the city centre.

Ardwick

19: George & Dragon

(c) Photo taken by Alan Winfield


The George & Dragon was a stand alone pub that was situated on a very busy road just outside the city centre. This was a John Smiths tied house, and once inside the pub was quite smart and comfortable. There was a single room which was carpeted and had comfy bench seating. On the bar was one real ale on, John Smiths hand pumped Bitter, which was a nice drink to end our crawl on.

It was a short walk into the city centre and back to Chorlton Street bus station for the Trans Peak bus back to Nottingham and Derby. My work mate said he would not be doing any more pub crawls with me as he could not keep up with me.

I am not sure exactly how many of these pubs are still up and running, but I would have thought that most in West Gorton have now gone for good.

Next pub crawl will be a more recent one.