I really enjoyed your Eccles Holts crawl. It proves that nostalgia really is as good as it used to be. As I was reading it, my mind was on the crawl with you in all the pubs that I know (or knew) so well. Some days we did the Holts 13, and on other days we did an all brewery tour. Eccles was (and still is to a lesser extent), a tourist destination for lovers of the street corner local. the larger ornate pub and Real Ale. 46 of the 54 pubs sold it! I must make an effort to return soon. Even though there are less pubs now, there are still plenty of good ones.