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Re: Wanted Inn
« Reply #25 on: February 18, 2021, 10:16:04 pm »
Mansfield - In 1999 the company was taken over by Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries, which quickly moved production to the Park Brewery in Wolverhampton.[5] This affected the distinct flavour of the Mansfield beers which was due to the using local hard water. With the instantly lost distinct flavour sales began to fall quickly.[citation needed] Brewing at Mansfield, which had been wound down after the takeover, resulted in the closure of the brewery in 2002.

Home ales & shipstones do still exist.

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Re: Wanted Inn
« Reply #26 on: February 18, 2021, 10:32:59 pm »
You must also remember that beer of 40 odd years ago was very different to modern real ale stuff.

At 50p a pint it was very different 40 years ago. A packet of fags to go with it was the same price.

Living in Sheffield I was brought up on Stones and Wards. The Stones brewery is now derelict and the Wards brewery is now an apartment block. Can’t say as I miss Stones but there were some excellent Wards pubs.

We now have some excellent local micro breweries.

The double Castleton crawl brings back memories, although I seem to remember it was Pitlamp and Caddis leading me astray.

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Re: Wanted Inn
« Reply #27 on: February 19, 2021, 09:36:58 am »
Back to the Wanted - Soppy (Dave Allsop of the Eldon, DCRO & Allsop's Cave)  used to frequent it most evenings iirc. The name "The Olive Tree" usually means someone with Greek Cypriot heritage is involved somewhere.

Back in the pre-car day when you were waiting for a bus from Sparrowpit and needed both drink and warmth the bugger was always shut.

Re beer - Robbie's pubs are usually awful. I'm old enough to remember Watney's Red Barrel - and the lines of the Monty Python Travel Agent's sketch which featured that brew frequently.

In Mendip we drank scrumpy (rough of course) and ate Mendip wall fish.
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Re: Wanted Inn
« Reply #28 on: February 19, 2021, 12:12:27 pm »
I used to live in a Robinson's pub. The beer was great and cheap. The mild was much better than the bitter in my opinion.

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« Reply #29 on: February 19, 2021, 01:25:31 pm »
Was that in Aber?
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Re: Wanted Inn
« Reply #30 on: February 19, 2021, 02:14:11 pm »
Home ales & shipstones do still exist.

Effectively in name only. Both were defunct by the mid 90's. Rights to the names were bought by various people over the ensuing years have been tagged onto several incarnations of local micro breweries.

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Re: Wanted Inn
« Reply #31 on: February 19, 2021, 05:40:10 pm »
Was that in Aber?

No. The Prince Llew in Beddgelert.

There has never been a Robinson's pub in Aber as far as I know (in other words not sure about 1980 to 2007).

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Re: Wanted Inn
« Reply #32 on: February 19, 2021, 06:12:31 pm »
I managed 8 pints (that's what I could remember) of Old Tom at the Leadmill in my student days. It was on the darker side of Robinsons beers and made caving the next day interesting. Like Mark I didn't care too much for Stones but Wards was ok and memories of the smell of malt drifting around Ecclesall Road; Wards tasted better than the smell...............I need a pub and soon.   :beer2:
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Re: Wanted Inn
« Reply #33 on: February 19, 2021, 08:21:30 pm »
It seems Wards Best Bitter is still brewed.
By Robinsons.
It's a keg beer.  :doubt:

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Re: Wanted Inn
« Reply #34 on: February 19, 2021, 08:42:13 pm »
Even that news appears to be out of date:
https://untappd.com/b/maxim-brewery-ward-s-best-bitter/103500

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Re: Wanted Inn
« Reply #35 on: February 19, 2021, 09:13:14 pm »
I managed 8 pints (that's what I could remember) of Old Tom at the Leadmill in my student days. It was on the darker side of Robinsons beers and made caving the next day interesting. Like Mark I didn't care too much for Stones but Wards was ok and memories of the smell of malt drifting around Ecclesall Road; Wards tasted better than the smell...............I need a pub and soon.   :beer2:

I'm surprised you could remember anything after that much Old Tom, I would have thought it'd be like the customer testimonial on the Viz spoof beer advert for Dr. O'Reilly's Blitzkrieg Messerschmidt 109 - "I don't know who I am or where I am. God help me, I think I'm dying. What a Beer! What a Beer!"
Says the man who used to drink pints of Old Peculier with mead chasers down the Fat Cat, then go on to Rebels and hit the Newkie Brown...
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Re: Wanted Inn
« Reply #36 on: February 19, 2021, 11:33:42 pm »
My mum used to drink Gold Label Barley Wine, made at the Whitbread Lady's Bridge brewery and sold in 1/3rd pint bottles  - 11° proof. Evil stuff, but I used to love the smell rolling down the Wicker. The pub next door was the only one in Britain where they sold it on tap, piped straight through the wall (maximum two pints per person if I recall), but pubs on the Wicker were somewhat medieval, even in 1986, so we hardly ever went unless we actually wanted trouble from 70 year-old hags-with-fags. We accidentally discovered that if you got a pint of Wards, drank 1/3rd and then replaced it with a bottle of Barley Wine, you got far more pissed than two pints of Wards. That was about as complicated a maths problem as I could solve in that context. A few shrooms would steady the cue hand if a game of pool was happening. Even Rebels let us in too, and yes, bottles of Newcy Brown were de facto.

Luckily I stopped drinking many years ago, which is probably why I'm still here ;)

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Re: Wanted Inn
« Reply #37 on: February 20, 2021, 08:48:52 am »
Drinking with the DCC in Stockport in the 60's and 70's it was always Robbies. Nowadays I find it hard to swallow (!). I much prefer some of todays brews, Wainright, Holts Lowry, Taylors Landlord etc. I seem to have developed a taste for very pale, hoppy beers.
Back to the Wanted. I have many happy memories of post caving pints in there. I once arrived there on ski with Alan Gamble during a blizzard. The pub was shut, the front door was under a snow drift. But when the landlord spotted us through the window he invited us in round the back. We had a couple of pints by his fire.
I hope it remains open as a pub whatever its named.

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Re: Wanted Inn
« Reply #38 on: February 20, 2021, 01:46:52 pm »
My mum used to drink Gold Label Barley Wine, made at the Whitbread Lady's Bridge brewery and sold in 1/3rd pint bottles  - 11° proof. Evil stuff, but I used to love the smell rolling down the Wicker. The pub next door was the only one in Britain where they sold it on tap, piped straight through the wall (maximum two pints per person if I recall), but pubs on the Wicker were somewhat medieval, even in 1986, so we hardly ever went unless we actually wanted trouble from 70 year-old hags-with-fags. We accidentally discovered that if you got a pint of Wards, drank 1/3rd and then replaced it with a bottle of Barley Wine, you got far more pissed than two pints of Wards. That was about as complicated a maths problem as I could solve in that context. A few shrooms would steady the cue hand if a game of pool was happening. Even Rebels let us in too, and yes, bottles of Newcy Brown were de facto.

Luckily I stopped drinking many years ago, which is probably why I'm still here ;)


Mmm, Gold Label. That and Bass Number 1 Barley Wine were the first beers I drank, aged about 9, as my mum used them in Christmas Cake and Christmas Puds. I got the remains of the little bottles.

You are dead right about topping up pints with barley wine. Mixing different types of beer was an old English tradition. Greene King still sell bottled Strong Suffolk which is two beers mixed after brewing - a very strong barley wine called 5X (about 12%) and BPA which stands for Best Pale Ale but is more like a dark mild.

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Re: Wanted Inn
« Reply #39 on: February 20, 2021, 04:21:11 pm »
As a brewer that used to supply quality local ale to the Wanted Inn, and will continue to supply bottles to it as "The Olive Tree", I'm sure you'll still be able to get something good to sup in there. Though they won't be open till late for Wednesday night diggers any more  :(

I believe they'd been struggling for a while, and when Covid hit they took the opportunity to change tack and open as a farm shop, which proved to be incredibly popular. I believe (once Covid is over) you'll be able to sit in for a drink be it coffee, or beer, as well.
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Re: Wanted Inn
« Reply #40 on: February 22, 2021, 01:43:54 pm »
You must also remember that beer of 40 odd years ago was very different to modern real ale stuff.
Think of Mansfield Bitter, delivered in huge petrol tanker type lorries and pumped into miner's welfare clubs.
Home Ales and Shipstones, all now (thankfully) extinct.

This reminds me of a certain Working Mens Club in Chapel en le Frith I used to work at many, many years ago.

The regulars always bought the cheapest, nastiest beer they could find and pour it down their necks in great quantities. The bloke I worked for, introduced real ale into the club. we were lucky to sell a couple of pints a night as it was quite a bit more expensive than the mass produced sock juice.

Says a lot about the regulars I suppose...... :shrug:

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Re: Wanted Inn
« Reply #41 on: February 22, 2021, 02:28:51 pm »
All it says is that they were set in their ways.

 

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