Medical matters took me to Whiston for the second week running (Not the hospital this time) so once again a chance to get a couple of ticks. I started at the Carrs Hotel:
What a great traditional two sided boozer. Half a dozen or more in the bar side with me, and it sounded like there were a lot more than that in the other side. Friendly chatter filled the pleasantly decorated room, while I swigged a Carling.
I know it is after four on a Friday, but I was still pleasantly surprised to see so many people in a pub. More and more blokes came in, all greeted by name (and in one case a hug) by the staff.
Next, a quick photo of the former Horseshoe, which closed in 2011 according to my records:
... and on to excellent micro-pub Beer EnGin:
Six handpumps, I selected a truly gorgeous milkshake porter.
The main conversation in here was pubs and beer, so I was able to join in a little.
Micro-pubs are ten-a-penny nowadays, but this one seems to be one of the best. I can't decide quite what are the magic ingredients but here they are. The friendly landlady and regulars are certainly an important part of the recipe.
Beer of the day: Hophurst Porteresque
Miles walked: 1.35
Maybe coming soon: Picton, Liverpool