Tuesday 17 August 2010

Pub news in West Lancs

Here are some items of news about pubs in the West Lancs area I picked up on my recent trips to collect adverts for the local CAMRA magazine, Ale & Hearty.

The Hopvine
The Lord Nelson, Croston. On a recent visit, this charming village local was serving Copper Dragon Golden Pippin, Young’s Waggle Dance, Stonehenge Danish Dynamite and Adnam’s Explorer. They plan to have a beer festival from 24th to 26th September with 25 beers and 6 ciders in a marquee in front of the pub, with live music each day.

The Hesketh Arms, Rufford had a good selesction when we visited recently: Moorhouses Pride of pendle, Phoenix Double Gold, George Wright and two Brysons beers – Bring Me Sunshine and Thirst Class.

The Crown, Croston is a Thwaites house and was serving from the Thwaites range: Bomber, Wainwright and Original.

The Blue Anchor, Bretherton was serving Old Speckled Hen on a midweek visit, but has two handpumps that serve changing guest beers.

The Scarisbrick
The Cock & Bottle, Tarleton has been tastefully refurbished inside and out. It has a good function room and a pleasant beer garden. It was serving from the Thwaites range Liberation, Original and Nutty Black. A bitter drinker in our group found the Nutty Black (a mild) very tasty.

The Blue Bell, Barton has recently been redecorated and was selling George Wright Nectar and Black Sheep Bitter when we visited. They generally like to have a George Wright beer on sale.

The Ship Inn, Haskayne, a canalside pub noted for food as well as beer, was selling Prospect Blinding Light, Southport Golden Sands and their house beer, Ship Ahoy brewed by George Wright.

The Scarisbrick Arms, a canalside pub in Downholland, was selling Southport Golden Sands and George Wright Drunken Duck recently.

The Ropers Arms in Ormskirk has two regularly changing guest beers, including Paulainey’s brewed by Moorhouses. They are planning to open a bed and breakfast in the pub with 12 bedrooms.

The Wheatsheaf
The Royal Oak, Aughton. When we visited recently, it was selling Wells Bombadier, Wychwood Hobgoblin and Tetley Bitter.

The Derby Arms in Aughton was offering Timothy Taylor Golden Best, Tetley Bitter and Mild, Arran Ale (at £1.50 a pint) and cask Hawkshead Lakeland Lager.

The Dog & Gun in Aughton was recently serving Banks Mild and Bitter, Jennings Lakeland Stunner, Jennings Bitter and Marstons Pedigree.

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