The least one expects from a pub near a station is for it to be open. On Wednesday 27 March I found myself in Colchester as I finished work for the Easter festivities and made my way to the Bricklayers, close to the North station and it was shut. Not a great start. It closes 2 – 5.30pm during the week which is a bit of a disaster for a weary traveller with a thirst.I instead went back to London undermined my otherwise impeccable republican credentials with a couple of pints of Lady Catherine (Grafton).
Easter weekend in Warrington with my family followed which included a trip to the Chapel House, nearest station Sankey (for Penketh), on the evening of Good Friday. This pub surprised me for being significantly better than I remembered. That they sold ale (I was on Black Sheep Best Bitter) was an unexpected bonus and made the evening tolerable. A poster in the pub suggested they support a cycling club – another point in their favour. There isn’t a great deal of choice near Sankey Station and I am certain that the Chapel House – imperfect as it undoubtedly is – is the best of the bunch.
On Holy Saturday I went to Wigan to watch Wigan Athletic play Norwich City (stadium number 30 in my effort to join the 92 club) and had a few pints before the match in the Berkeley. This is a big town centre place but a cracking selection of ales, plenty of televisions, and a warm welcome to both sets of supporters made this a good choice to watch the early match before the trip to the DW Stadium.
After church on Easter Sunday morning I had a cracking pint of Tipsy Angel Mild in the Lower Angel – where it is brewed. This is my recommended pub for thirsty travellers at Warrington Central station but I intend to do a fuller entry for Warrington, the town where I grew up, at some point so will leave much of it for then.
After a quiet Monday I went to Cornwall to continue drinking…