|Another top poster from the BRAPA team - note the Cas Tigers colours.|
A 'white-knuckle' bus ride followed, the kids at the back treated it like a rollercoaster, an old man with a 4 step ladder muttered to himself, I was just plain terrified.
510 - Bradley Arms, North Featherstone - You might think, is Featherstone really big enough to have a 'north'?, well I can inform you that it does, and that it seems to be a place in it's own right far removed from actual Featherstone. It also houses a cracking two roomed pub with great historical significance, the first ever talk on workers rights was held here. After an awful day at work, it seemed fitting. Only two guest ales were on but the friendly, characterful barmaid helped me decide on the Thunderbridge Stout with the warning "don't blame me if you hate it!" It was superb, and from a new Yorkshire brewery called Small World(?) I was sat in the area which can be best described as 'sports bar', the other two locals glued to boring Zenit St Petersburg v FC Porto - the weather was the only link to North Feth' that I could see. I bonded briefly with the duo over the amount of yellow cards administered, but it was time to move on.
|Power to the workers! Bradley Arms, excellent pub|
511 - Glass Blower, Castleford - You know you are having a good night when a Wetherspoons turns out to be a cracker, but this one did! After some recent average 'Spoons experiences in Brighouse and Huddersfield, I was fearing the same identikit pub but a warm homely atmosphere in this former post office helped, plus another great Elland beer, called "Catch the Rainbow", served rather fittingly by a trendy, camp young barman. In fact, all the staff seemed excellent. I found a booth in the raised area and read how the people of Castleford used to like glass blowing, hence the pub name. My comment to this effect was favourited by the 'National Glass Blowers Association' on Twitter. It really was one of those nights. The beer quality was as good as you could ever expect anywhere.
|High quality 'Spoons in Cas? You'd better believe it!|
|Warming fire at the Junction thanks to Jim the Proddler.|
|Page 551 of the 2015 GBG complete - all going to plan.|
Before that, 2 or 3 pub ticks in Manchester pre the Hull City game on Saturday. December is looking like a predictably busy month with xmas nights out, football, funeral etc etc so the BRAPA trips may have to be shuffled around a bit. January is even harder to plan due to one thing, the FA Cup. A third round tie at home to Ipswich and I'll be gallivanting off to some BRAPA venue or other, but Concord Rangers away and I am practically there! Please let's get knocked out early this year.