Next, back past the station to the Merebrook. A nicely decorated pub in the "sizzling" chain, much busier than the Dibbinsdale - perhaps because the food is significantly cheaper. Most of the other customers were families out for a meal. I had a fine pint of Marston's EPA and watched the busy staff rushing about with plates of food.
My next destination was the Knockaloe. The Hall was built in the 1850s and was donated to the council for the use of the community in the 1930s. Later it was sold to Octel to be their staff sports and social club. In 2006 it passed back to private hands and became a social club open to all. As well as the popular bar there are function rooms, squash and tennis courts, football pitches, and so on. I was a little concerned that the bar had been removed from the Good Beer Guide this year, but I needn't have worried, and I enjoyed a spot on pint of Tetley. The other two real ales available were from the local Brimstage Brewery.
Never mind. Three pubs never before visited taking the total to 1,140. Time to head for home - Via the facilities at Central.