Called to do my duty at the Blood Donor centre, I took the opportunity to visit a few pubs along Dale Street, starting at Rigbys:
There were just two real ales on, I had a superb pint of White Rat.
Just a short stroll along Dale Street is the Vernon Arms:
The place was ticking over nicely, with almost every table in the front part occupied, so I was assigned a table in the back room, on my own. Are they trying to tell me something? Perhaps the patch on my arm was off-putting.
A little further up is the Excelsior:
I must complain that a strongly lemon scented hand wash spoils the flavour of the ale until it wears off ones hands, a more neutral gel would be much better.
Only one member of staff was visible, ably looking after the six or so customers here. As with the other two visits today, the soundtrack was quiet muzac and chatter.
I was glad to see the pubs back in action, especially the Excelsior and the Vernon which I had noted boarded up a couple of months ago.