Sunday, 22 July 2012

9 Duke Of Gloucester

Visited on 22 May 2012
Here's the photo ...
... and here's the map

A warm evening for the next expedition to seek out new pubs and new beer forms, and a long trek to the first one. Sadly, all we have is impulse power to negotiate the big roundabout by the fire station and the road past the Crewe campus of MMU, all the way up to the end of the link road. Here is the Duke of Gloucester, named after the bloke and the locomotive. Which was also named after the bloke.

What I know about this place, having walked past may times, is that it’s a new build Lees tied house, but looks sort of olde-worlde. In this it is not unlike the Kingfisher on the Kingsmead estate near Northwich, which is also a Lees new build. But will Lees bitter still taste as it did all those years ago when I walked down that cobbled street in Rochdale to visit a little pub called the Wellfield (sadly no more)?

OH YE OF LITTLE FAITH! Three handpumps on the bar with three different cask offerings: apart from the bitter, there is the Coronation Street ale and also The Governor, brewed for Marco Pierre White. But I’m sticking to Plan A and so it has to be the bitter. And it tastes just as it did that Friday evening in Rochdale. Lees still has that memorable taste. All is right with the world.

What else do you need to know? There’s lots of space, food is served all day, there’s seating outside (very popular at time of visit), the staff smile and the service is good. And there are cool snacks, like Garlic and Chilli Olive tapa for a couple of quid. So you can have an Iberian interlude too. What does this result in? Plenty of happy punters. Let’s put this bluntly: IT’S NOT BLOODY ROCKET SCIENCE.

I could have called off the rest of the trek, especially as it’s a warm evening, but the mission has to continue. So I have to undock myself from the bar and set course for the next destination. Nice pub, something for everyone – and worth that long walk. I’ll have to stop by again.

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