Friday 25th October 2019 by Lawrence Bland
Another rainy day in the wetlands of Central Lancashire, but it didn’t dampen our enthusiasm. Three handy drinkers caught the 1128 train from Lancaster, after changing in Preston we reached Chorley, with our first pub being the award winning Malt ‘n’ Hops, where we met up with Alex Calderbank, the Central Lancashire Branch Social Secretary, who guided the party around in the rain. We sampled a Crafty Fox and Rum Porter from the Wigan Wily Fox Brewery. Then we moved the Railway, a Marston house and their 61 Deep Pale Ale. Moving to Chapel Street and the Shepherd’s Ale House and a Fell Ghyll Golden Ale, Further up the street we visited the another micro pub, the new Nelipots and a Welbeck Abbey Brewery Portland Black from Nottingham. With Halloween next week, several pubs are suitable decorated. Across the road was the orange painted Crown, a busy traditional pub and a Abbeydale Deception from Sheffield. Continuing in the rain we soon got to the market and the Bob Inn and struggled to get to the packed bar and a Muirhead Pirate’s Gold from Ilkeston. Almost next door was the Sir Henry Tate, the town’s Wetherspoons and a Reedley Hallows beer from Burnley. The last pub was the later opening Ale Station and a Rock the Boat (Sittin’ on) the Dock from Little Crosby. Back on the 1636 train to Preston & Lancaster.