Heywood Pubs

The Newmarket Hotel, Hind Hill Street

January 22, 2013
By
The Newmarket Hotel, Hind Hill Street

Rating: 2.5/ 5 Premium lager/ cost: None (bog standard stuff) I get the feeling The Newmarket Hotel might once have been a belting pub. It’s got a huge room next to the smaller bar area, and when Heywood was a thriving little town full of industry, I bet it was a cracker. Now, like so many others in Heywood, it’s the haunt of people with so little to do. I know, I have been, and at times still am, one. It’s not that it’s unpleasant, just characterless. The beer’s cheap, as you may expect, and as you may expect, it…

Read more »

The Kings, Market Place

January 22, 2013
By
The Kings, Market Place

Rating: 2/5 Premium Lager/ cost: Kronenberg £2.60 There’s a stench of desperation in the air in The Kings, Market Place,  at 3.30pm on a Thursday. Don’t get me wrong, I’m in there so I can’t be much better but at least I have an excuse. Old men hugging each other as they leave, grey coats, the racing on, poor music, tracky bottoms. Full of people who can’t find work or won’t find work. The pub itself may once have been nice – I certainly preferred the Freemasons back in the day – but the décor has been treated badly by…

Read more »

The Bay Horse, Torrington Street

January 14, 2013
By
The Bay Horse, Torrington Street

Rating: 3.5/ 5 (a full point taken off because it’s a Manchester United pub) Premium lager/ cost: Stella £3.25 The Bay Horse, Torrington Street, really is a superior pub by any standards. Decided to drop by as I’d forgotten the lager and cost; I’d also forgotten how nice it was. If the main room looks like a front room that is for once not a bad thing as it is like a front room of a showhouse. Immaculate, well-lit and with decent stuff on the TV. Oh, and quality, cheesy 80s tunes on the speakers. It’s a working class pub…

Read more »

Black Swan, Middleton Road

January 14, 2013
By
Black Swan, Middleton Road

Rating: 2.5/5 Premium Lager: None (bottles and normal lager) The Black Swan on Middleton Road is a comfortable enough pub if you like that sort of thing, but it’s a little too open for me. It’s a pretty cheap pub for an area like Hopwood, and this attracts the sort of people you would expect. Not to say that’s bad, but upmarket it isn’t. This pub used to be a real ale mecca when it was a Thwaites pub, but now it sells bog-standard brands that are ok, but for me no reason to go out of my way to…

Read more »

The Starkey Arms, Manchester Road

January 14, 2013
By
The Starkey Arms, Manchester Road

Rating: 4/5 Premium lager/ price: Diamond Lager £2.55 The Starkey Arms. This is a proper boozer. Two rooms – one a massive tap room. Good beer at good prices and a surprisingly nice beer garden area. Joey Holts pubs are that little bit more upmarket at times than Sam Smiths ones, in my view. The prices are a little more expensive, but they have TVs on and sport and, in this case, a belting jukebox. It’s dark and pokey and very peaceful, and that’s how I like it. It may not suit everyone, but it suits me. It’s a pub…

Read more »

Edwin Waugh, Market Street

January 12, 2013
By
Edwin Waugh, Market Street

Rating: 3/5 Premium Lager/ price: Heineken/ Stella/ Kronenberg all around £3 The Edwin Waugh opens early and this Wetherspoons pub attracts the sort of people you would expect this to attract. It sells good beers at good prices and decent food at decent prices. It’s a lot of people’s favourite pub in Heywood, largely because of the variety, quality and price of real ales. And it can have a nice ambience, I’m sure. For me, it’s too open and there are too many tables and chairs, not enough privacy I suppose. And it doesn’t feel very comfortable. And the service can…

Read more »

Wishing Well, York Street

January 12, 2013
By
Wishing Well, York Street

Rating: 3.5/5 Premium lager/ price: San Miguel £2.90 Nothing’s changed at the Wishing Well since I played cricket for them in the mid 1990s. And that’s not necessarily a good thing. The beer is good and the clientele is different for Heywood. I’m all for difference. It’s warm and lit well (a big issue of mine – don’t like pubs too well lit). You know you won’t be bothered too much,  it has a pool table. And an ace jukebox. However, the side room is in serious need of a makeover. The carpet is shabby. And there are not many…

Read more »

Engineers Arms, Adelaide Street

January 12, 2013
By
Engineers Arms, Adelaide Street

Rating: 3.5/5 Premium Lager: Taddy Lager £2.10 The Engineers Arms, Adelaide Street, is a Sam Smiths pub to the core. A brilliant interior and a proper drinkers pub. Mixed views on this one, I’m afraid. Loads of nice people in there, plenty to chat to. Warm fires, top-notch beer (the stout is superb) at great prices. And sometimes the banter is really good, dovetailing perfectly with the music-free, working class feel to the place However, when you go in dictates the atmosphere in my view. Go in at the right time and it’s a belting place to drink. A good…

Read more »

The Tanners, Rochdale Road East

January 10, 2013
By
The Tanners, Rochdale Road East, Heywood

The Tanners Rating: 4.5/5 Premium Lager (and cost): San Miguel, £2.90 (£2.30 during set hours of the day) I’d been in the Tanners, on Rochdale Road East and the corner of  Wild Street, just once before the past few months, many moons ago on a quiz night. For some reason I thought it had closed. So as I have been living nearby, I thought it was worth a look. And I couldn’t have been happier. It’s exactly what you hope it will be from the outside. A nice, dark front room and two better lit rooms. A great landlady in…

Read more »