A survey well away from Merseyside, and I was expecting everywhere to be packed on the Saturday before crimbo but I was in for a surprise...
As I enjoyed my ale, a regular came in and had a pint of Butcombe after his first choice, "free beer", was refused!
The decor, wooden floor, benches, tables and chairs and an old-looking wooden bar front, is all fake I think.
A few more people came in as I finished my ale.
Next, the Geldart.
I was intrigued to see the specials menu included zebra as well as horse, kangaroo, crocodile and buffalo! One or two meats I've never eaten!
Now, on to Calverley's Brewery where the limited opening hours luckily include Saturday daytime. Just a couple of plain rooms, whitewashed walls and wooden furniture. I started with a taste of their Cherry Sour which was so wonderful that I immediately ordered a schooner thereof, that is 2/3 pint*, without tasting any others. This place was also quiet, but a lot busier than the previous two.
They had one cask ale on gravity serve, perhaps I should have tried that, but the Cherry Sour was gorgeous!
*Actually, in Australia where I drank a lot of them, a schooner is 3/4 of a pint, so I'm wrong to call 2/3 a schooner. Is there a correct term for the increasingly popular 2/3 measure? Perhaps a "craft pint"??
The real fire and plenty of chatty customers made this the "warmest" pub of the day, although in actual degrees it was probably the coldest. Perhaps the first two were busier like this by now? (14:00) Or maybe not.