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22-11-2016, 11:53
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On his recent visit to Stockport (http://pubcurmudgeon.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/a-proper-curmudgeonly-crawl.html), Paul Mudge lent me a vintage pub guide he owned entitled The Greater Manchester Good Beer Guide. It isn’t dated but, from some of the long-defunct pubs it features such as the Club House and Grove in Stockport, I’d say it probably dates from around 1976.
I’ve done a few scans of my local areas which I’ve put up on my website for your perusal. Bear in mind that it’s a selective, not a comprehensive, guide, and some very familiar and highly-regarded pubs are conspicuous by their absence, such as Sam Smith’s Boar’s Head in Stockport, which was one of the highlights of our pub-crawl. From the comments on other pubs it may be that Sam’s were just emerging from a flirtation with keg beer. No Armoury, Davenport Arms or Nursery either.
The high proportion of real ale dispensed by electric pump is also very evident.
Manchester City Centre (http://www.pubcurmudgeon.org.uk/pubguide/manc_centre.jpg)
Manchester Suburbs Part 1 (http://www.pubcurmudgeon.org.uk/pubguide/manc1.jpg)
Manchester Suburbs Part 2 (http://www.pubcurmudgeon.org.uk/pubguide/manc2.jpg)
Stockport Suburbs (http://www.pubcurmudgeon.org.uk/pubguide/stockport1.jpg)
Stockport Town Centre and Tameside Part 1 (http://www.pubcurmudgeon.org.uk/pubguide/stockport2.jpg)
Tameside Part 2 (http://www.pubcurmudgeon.org.uk/pubguide/tameside1.jpg)
Tameside Part 3 and Trafford (http://www.pubcurmudgeon.org.uk/pubguide/tameside2.jpg)
As with many early pub guides, the descriptions often vary from terse to non-existent, but they include some gems such as:
“Quiet, well-kept pub for animal lovers”
“Imposing pub maintains cool pint in summer – rattles your teeth in winter”
“Haunt of the chunky sweater brigade”
“Good beer in odd atmosphere”

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