Monday, 20 February 2012

Staggering around Didsbury

There’s some more of my deathless prose in February’s issue of Opening Times, in the write-up of the pub crawl of Didsbury that took place in November – scroll down to Page 7. It has to be said that, if your experience of pubs was confined to Friday nights in Didsbury, you would probably reach the conclusion that the pub trade remained in rude health, so it is very untypical of the whole.


  1. Martin, Cambridge20 February 2012 at 20:18

    Thanks for the article.

    I visted a few on a Sunday lunchtime last month and thought beer quality was very good, and probably better than the more favoured bars up the road in Chorlton. Beer turnover looked high, particularly in the Royal Oak.

    In contrast with the letter further on, I thought the beer in the Milson Rhodes was exceptional. I think there are as many people who will mark down 'Spoons on principle as will reward it for unusual beers and vouchers.

  2. The letter was very wide of the mark as it is clear that the local CAMRA branch do not just include Spoons "on the nod". Indeed, when it comes to the voting phase of GBG selection, it's often the case that Spoons pubs are less well supported than their beer scores might suggest.

  3. I don't suppose the Royal Oak in Didsbury still does the gargantuan cheese lunches?

  4. Martin, Cambridge21 February 2012 at 06:27

    Paul - The Royal Oak was still doing the famous lunches, but only weekdays I think.

  5. The Royal Oak has only ever done cheese lunches on weekdays - a bit of a throwback to a past era of pubs, really.

  6. I cannot believe you would reveal your secret identity like that.

    It's like superman losing his power. Albeit a superman obsessed by fags and closed pubs.

  7. It's not the first time, Cookie. And when can we look forward to a similar reveal from yourself?

    It's increasingly getting to be a case of "I know that you know that I know that you know that I know who you are" ;-)

  8. I thought you were Errol Flynn


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