PUB of the Year: the Derby Arms
The Derby Arms in Prescot Road, Aughton, is this year’s CAMRA Pub of the Year (West Lancs area). The award was made to licensee Janice Brogden at the pub’s beer festival held in the poshest beer tent I’ve ever seen. The festival offered an interesting range of good real ales, ciders and perries and was well-attended over the weekend.
The Derby Arms is a highly visible, white building on the B5197 Ormskirk to Kirkby road. It is an attractive, traditional pub with four separate, cosy drinking areas, and is justly popular with a range of customers. There are also two outdoor drinking areas.
They serve a range of five real ales, two of which are permanent and three ever-changing, and always well-kept: not for nothing have they won the Pub of the Year award before. On the bar there is also a curiosity - to my eyes at any rate - which is keg Walkers Bitter at £1.50 a pint.
They have an acoustic folk night every Wednesday evening (either join in or just listen), gypsy jazz on third Monday of the month and quiz nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They are also well-known for their good value meals, which are served all day until 8pm Monday to Friday and until 5pm Saturday and Sunday. Despite its isolated location, the Derby Arms is a successful and welcoming community pub.
SOUTHPORT’S Newest Pub: The Guelder Rose
The Guelder Rose is a new pub on Southport’s sea front. Although built in a traditional pub style outside, the inside with its light wood furniture resembles more a modern café or restaurant than a pub. This isn’t surprising, as food features prominently: they offer a good range of reasonably-priced pub food, a carvery, various specials, a children’s menu and an allergy menu.
The real ales when I visited were Jennings Cockerhoop and Ringwood Filly Drift, but their range does vary. There are indoor and outdoor play areas for children, and an outdoor seating area with great views over the bay to Blackpool.
As it is on the Marine Drive, it is unlikely to feature in town centre pub crawls, but its proximity to Ocean Plaza with its shops, cafés, cinema, bowling alley and hotel means it will get a lot of custom from people using those facilities, both locals and visitors, especially those with children.
Note also that a new Wetherspoon's pub has opened in Ormskirk called the Court Leet, just off Burscough Street, and it is well worth a visit. There are a wide variety of real ales on offer. If you would like to join our social trip to Skipton Beer Festival on Saturday, May 31 please contact Stuart on 01704 577895 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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