|The rear room in the Greyhound|
The Royal Oak is an attractive pub on Liverpool Road, Aughton, near Ormskirk. It was recently closed for refurbishment, which has brightened the place up considerably without spoiling it; it had needed it as it had been rather dingy before. Food is important here, as it is increasingly with our rural pubs, but the beers on sale were Dunscar Bridge Bombshell, Dunscar Bridge Rialto 47, George Wright Mark’s Mild and George Wright Cheeky Pheasant. I had the Mark’s Mild and found it very pleasant.
The Railway, Duke Street, Formby, is an attractive pub right next to the station. Food is an important part of the trade here, and their selection looks good, but it doesn’t get in the way of the main function of a pub, which is to have a drink: up to nine real ales are regularly served. When I called on a weekday, they were serving Thwaites Original, Itchen Valley Junga, Sunny Republic Huna Red, Liverpool Organic 24 Carat, Thwaites Original, and Downton Chocolate Orange Delight. They usually have nine on at weekends. They also have quiz nights, and they say families are welcome.
The Arion pub is a modern estate pub in Kenilworth Road, Ainsdale. It was closed down for a good while until just over a year ago, and our local CAMRA branch was concerned it might never open again. Fortunately it did, and it’s now an attractively decorated modern pub that is well known for its food. When I visited, they were selling Marston’s EPA, Marston’s Pedigree, Banks’ Mild and Old Hooky. It has a large car park if you’re taking the family for Sunday lunch.