Ich bin knibbd aus Warrington. Ich bin Qyper seit dem 15.08.2008
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Station Road, Fiddlers Ferry Penketh, Warrington, Cheshire WA5 2UJ
19.08.2008 (aktualisiert am 14.05.2013)
A wonderful, riverside pub with a great selection of real ales and a lot of other choices. The food can be brilliant and is always good.
Regular festivals and meetings, for example the Harley-Davidson owners groups meet during the summer for a massive fun day.
One word of warning; don’t go during very wet weather. Previous seasons high tides are marked on the bar!
Additional; 13.05.2013 – We have just presented the landlord and landlady with a CAMRA Certificate acknowledging fifteen continuous years in the Good Beer Guide. This is a very rare happening!
Keel Wharf, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 4FN
We had been waiting for a clear day for a few months, having bought a special "Groupon" offer of £6 for two people - an absolute bargain and well worth looking out for. This gave us four fairly slow revolutions of the Wheel with the first turn stopping for at least two minutes at the very top! I spent the entire time swapping cameras (I still use my trusty Nikon 35mm for special occasions, but took a few others as back-up).
The guys operating the Wheel asked us if we were sure we knew what we were doing as they had been up to test it earlier and "the cabin was rocking like a good 'un!" - it was a rather windy day, I have to say.
For anyone nervous about heights and/or technology they do have a "panic button" which will let them bring you back down very quickly. If you don't mind heights, it is a wonderful experience feeling the whole thing swaying in the wind and being able to see for miles, although it means you do have to time your photos carefully - I did get a couple with various bits of the mechanism masking what I wanted to see!
After the trip, it is very handy for a look around the Albert Dock itself or cross the road for a bus into the City Centre (only about ten minutes walk for the fitter ones).
All-in-all, I would recommend this to anyone, but especially families with children who are not nervous about heights; they will have a truly unforgettable experience.
Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 4BB
28.05.2012 (aktualisiert am 16.04.2013)
The menu looked really impressive with some intriguing choices at very reasonable prices.
Everywhere was clean and tidy and all the staff we came into contact with were pleasant and helpful.
Additional: It is now more than £3 for a pint of the Manager's Choice, which is a Greene King Brew (what a surprise in a Greene King pub!) but is rather nice.
The food seems a little pricey but, on seeing people being served, we realised the portions are very good and the food is tasty. I can say the last part as we decided to try the burger platter to share. This was six mini burgers with a large bowl of real chips. Two bacon burgers, two cheese burgers and two "ordinary" burgers - all about a quarter normal size and made with real meat.
Jubilee Way, Orford, Warrington, Cheshire WA2 8HE
19.06.2012 (aktualisiert am 06.04.2013)
Among other things, there are;
A large, fitness-style swimming pool (that is, NOT a "fun pool" like others in Warrington).
A Beginners Swimming area
A multi-function sports area
A local library
A number of Doctors' surgeries/medical centre
This is still being completed in a few parts, but is up-and-running for all the major units. I was especially pleased, as can be seen above, by the fact that the swimming area is actually conducive to fitness swimming, as, since the Victorian baths were bulldozed, there has been nowhere for us to exercise in the water. Woolston is a "fun pool" - designed for children and impossible to "swim lengths" as it has no length as such.
The local doctor's surgeries have all moved into the building and seem to have extremely modern, hygienic facilities, although there are teething problems with the telephone system.
The library is extremely up-to-date, with computerised scanning so that members can return and borrow books without the need for taking up a librarian's time. There is even a section which is accessible when the main part is closed, complete with terminal/scanner and a small selection of books.
The small cafe is excellent for a snack or coffee with friends or after exercising.
I really believe that someone has designed this centre after finding out what people wanted and with locals in mind. I am looking forward to many years of use - especially when I retire.
My wife and I have recently been part of a charity fun day on behalf of McIntyre and, consequently had experience of the various rooms and areas available on different floors. I am even more impressed now! All of the teething problems seem to have been sorted out and the hub is a thriving part of the Warrington community now. Please note that it is not just for the Orford area - this is a genuinely Warrington-wide resource.
2-4 Church Street, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside WA12 9SU
My only "gripe", and it is purely personal, is that I cannot review this pub for CAMRA's site as they don't serve any real ale. It is a Samuel Smith's bar, with the result that it is the cheapest beer in the area - currently Best Bitter is £1.70 per pint! This is a full pound less than anywhere else.
There are a number of bars and secluded areas, a couple of which have large-screen, 3D TVs which regularly show sports channels. I was impressed by the 3D football - especially when, according to my optician, I don't have 3D vision!
When visiting the bars or clubs, parking can be tricky, but there are plenty of side streets with available spaces within a minutes walk.
There is an attached food bar which serves excellent "All Day Breakfasts" as well as the usual items from the same - sausage butties and the like - at competitive prices.
It is very conveniently placed, being a couple of minutes walk from Newton-le-Willows railway station, on a bus route and a few minutes drive from the M6 and East Lancashire Road junction. There is a wonderful view from most windows as the hotel is directly opposite a quite beautiful church and churchyard.
Mill Lane, Houghton Green, Warrington, Cheshire WA2 0SU
Although one of our areas most recommended pubs, this is the first time I have been in since the early 1980's and it is very different!
The interior decoration/furnishings are warm and customer-friendly.
There is an impressive selection of well-kept and well served cask ales, as well as the usual lagers and smoothflow keg beers. The range of non-alcoholic drinks and spirits/liqueurs is, likewise, comprehensive.
All of the staff we encountered were knowledgeable and friendly but, it being a Monday lunchtime, there were not many customers to talk to.
Perusing the menu is very rewarding; there are some good bargains to be had and the choice of meals is promising - I have never seen T-Bone pork steaks before!
Pricing seems a little variable on the drinks; Marston's EPA is quoted on the menu as £1.99, yet we paid £3.06 for a pint from the next pump along.
There is a more than adequate car park and extensive outside seating with play area.
550 Manchester Road, Warrington, Cheshire WA3 6LA
The pub has obviously had a major refurbishment recently, resulting in a magnificent community pub- almost large enough to be a community itself! The bar and restaurant areas are welcoming and uncluttered. There is a large conservatory-type extension at the back for functions, plus a wonderful function room which gives all the feelings of a medieval banquet hall!
The outside areas comprise a more than ample car park, a beer garden which could seat forty plus and a superb children's playground area.
All areas were extremely clean and well-looked-after - the toilets being small but very modern and hygienic.
All staff encountered seemed to be interested in serving and knowledgeable about their wares - the landlord especially so.
The only minus points for me were the fact that I had to drive to get there and back, hence I could only have a few tasters of the beers, and the price of said beers. When pubs nearer home are selling real ale for between £2.30 and £2.70 a pint, £2.95 seems a bit much for somewhere that is "off the beaten track". That said, I am still going to recommend The Black Swan to any friends for a visit.
131 Church Street, Warrington, Cheshire WA1 2TL
19.08.2008 (aktualisiert am 22.11.2012)
My wife and eldest son attended the quiz night last night (Wednesday – I was on shift at work). The new owners have extensively redecorated inside but, apparently, have filled every inch of every surface with “fake antiques”. Seems a pity to “tart up” a 17th Century pub, but must be to some tastes. The five handpumps are now serving two real ales only – these being Hobgoblin and Holt’s Bitter last night – kept and served competently, but 40p a pint more than pubs on the same street and nothing like the choices.
They do not have a menu as yet but inform customers what is on that day on the blackboard – so also limited.
The same people are now in charge of here and the Marquis of Granby.
Sorry to announce but, as from Friday, 20th May, we will no longer be running the Ring O’ Bells. Despite turning this pub into the centre of the local community even though we are the most expensive in the area, the pubco refuse to make our rent reasonable o we have to give up rather than go bankrupt.
I shall continue to monitor the pub and hope to come in as a customer, but I don’t think future landlords will keep the essential character…still, who knows?
February 2009 Update:
It has been pointed out that no-one knows when we serve meals!
Monday to Saturday inclusive – meals are served between 12 noon and 2pm, then 6pm until 9pm. Last orders are taken half an hour before end of serving.
Sundays, including Sunday Roast lunch, servings are from 12 noon until 7pm continuous.
December 17th 2008 – update; log fire is up and burning.
Please see new uploaded photos from tonight, especially guest beers board. it’s not often anyone can boast Courage Directors as their weakest real ale!
As from November, 2008 – now five guest real ales at any one time and we’re hoping to get a chimney sweep in soon so we can light the real fire in the dining area without killing off all the customers!
A genuine 17th century, listed pub with a real community feel to it. Serves food during afternoons and part of the evenings – good, basic food with some interesting “specials”.
All the usual beers plus three constantly changing guest real ales, usually bitters.
New management early in 2007 has ensured redecoration didn’t change the pub’s character. I must confess here to being part of the new management, but this was a favourite pub from years back.
Accoustic sessions are held every Sunday night and whenever there is a good reason! – St Patrick’s, St George’s, St David’s and St Andrew’s and May Day so far….oh, and celebrating a Monday once!
We have also had a number of enquiries from Ghosthunter groups and we’re looking into this due to our location. Since this, have had vigils from the northwest Paranormal Society, who cleared all “unusual” activity for the next 1 months!
The pub is becoming well-known in the area as a “real” pub, where customers meet to talk to each other and to the landlady and landlord (and all the family). Anyone who sings or plays an instrument is especialy welcome – there is a pianoforte available for anyone who can play……and other instruments on request!
33 Church Street, Warrington, Cheshire WA1 2SX
19.08.2008 (aktualisiert am 12.11.2012)
This is one of a number of really old pubs in this one street in Warrington. Although the outside is covered by its listed status, the interior was comprehensively changed a few years back (including removing an original wattle and daub wall as it was inconveniently placed!).
New management as of August 2008, so we have to wait to see how the pub character develops.
Serves at least one real ale.
There is a huge well-appointed function room with a fantastic view of the high quality bowling green at the rear of the pub. Major headache trying to park anywhere near.
Now serves a choice of guest ales – currently three.
Michelle (current manager) has persuaded the pubco to allow a number of local real ales and is serving them in very good condition and at extremely competitive prices. This is a very pleasant local pub and now has a good selection of ales and a very welcoming, expert staff.
Battersby Lane, Warrington, Cheshire WA2 7EG
16.08.2008 (aktualisiert am 12.11.2012)
Unfortunately, the same thing has happened here as happened to ourselves at the Ring O’ Bells. The owners of the property (NOT a brewery or pubco this time) raised the rent to ridiculous amounts and it has, consequently, not been open since the summer. This leaves a large area of this side of town without a decent community pub. Personally, I cannot understand why owners get so greedy that they will forego all profits rather than keep rents at a reasonable level.
This is an excellent example of a well run community pub, with a landlord who cares about his products. Mark, the landlord, is very knowledgeable about all drinks, but especially good on real ales. Up until earlier this year, he ran the Baltic Fleet pub in Liverpool, complete with its own brewery in the cellar (see any CAMRA review of champion real ales). Food is a little hit and miss at the moment, but may well improve in the near future.
Pub also has a selection of real ciders and lagers.
April 2009 – Mark still hasn’t got his brewery up and running, but has all the necessary parts. Food definitely improving, which is extremely surprising to anyone who has seen the size of their kitchen! Smaller than almost all household kitchens!
April 2011 – STILL problems with the brewery licences, National Heritage by all accounts! The pub is still well worth a visit as they stock some superb beers and ciders and the welcome is still warm.
December 2011 – (30th actually!)
My wife and I spent Friday night here as I had a surprise night off work. Coincidentally, it happened to be the best possible night to choose as they had one of their mini Beer Festivals running AND it was the monthly open-mike night.
Altogether, I sampled five excellent real ales and two superb ciders. Contrary to usual, the ciders weren’t mindblowers – one was 4% and the other 4.5%, but both were extremely tasty.
The musical contributions were also good, with a number of people offering to sing and/or play. This was spoiled only by the others who insisted on talking right through many of the songs and, at times, shouting to be heard above it! Very bad manners, to my thinking.
I would heartily recommend the Albion on the last Friday of any month.
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