Talking Bull - Good Pub Guide - October
A Sunday kick off at 2.00 p.m. is likely to curtail our drinking time but at least there's the option of stopping off after the game for a few.
Surprisingly considering it's close proximity to Manchester the beer scene in Oldham doesn't look all that special. The location of Boundary Park doesn't help. It's on the north side of town well away from the town centre.
Of the town centre pubs the Ashton Arms at 28-30 Clegg Street OL1 1PL sounds the best bet with six real ales, many from local microbreweries, plus real cider and continental beers. There is also a Robinson's tied house the Royal Oak at 172 Manchester Road, Werneth OL9 7BN.
Both these are basic locals without food or car parks so you may prefer to look for something nearer the ground.
Lee's is the local brewer and a search of their website cites the Rifle Range in Burnley Lane OL1 2QP as being a real ale pub. It's 0.4 miles from the ground and should be in walking distance. According to the Internet Football Ground Guide it does food too so this is likely to get our vote.
A little further away is the GBG listed Horton Arms at 19 Streetbridge Road, Chadderton OL1 2SZ. Food should be available here plus parking.
The Internet Guide also mentions a number of pubs on the nearby Rochdale Road. These include the Old Grey Mare and the Queens which both sound fairly promising. Also mentioned are the Royal and the Brook Tavern.
The Clayton Green is the nearest pub to the ground situated 200 yards from the Chadderton End.
BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION 18/10/2008
This is the one I'm sure a lot of Hereford fans have been waiting for.
Personally I can't be doing with all this bloody park and ride and travel voucher nonsense so I won't be there. The "Police State" mentality seems to be on the rise again at football, even in the environs of Edgar Street it would seem. Don't get me started!
As you know Withdean is not even a proper football ground and is miles from anywhere. There are some pubs near the ground-the Sportsman at Withdean itself, the Preston Brewery Tap on the A23 and the Station by Preston Park Station. All these are likely to be heaving on match days and drinking in them will not be particularly pleasant-if they'll let you in in the first place.
If you can your best bet will be to drink in the town centre near the station and catch the train out to Preston Park. The Evening Star at 55/56 Surrey Street BN1 3PB is 400 yards from the station and is owned by the Dark Star Brewery. It serves their range plus guest beers and real cider. Sounds a must. Filled rolls are available if you want a bite to eat.
The Lord Nelson at 36 Trafalgar Street BN1 4ED is a Harvey s tied house serving their full range. Lunchtime food is available. Sounds good.
The Prestonville Arms at 64 Hamilton Road, BN1 5DN also serves cooked lunchtime food and beers from the Fuller's/Gale's ranges.
Food is also available at the Basketmakers Arms at 12 Gloucester Road BN1 4AD. I went there thirty years ago when it was a Gale's tied house and remember being impressed with the beer. It still serves Gale's but sadly following the takeover by Fuller's the beers are now brewed in Chiswick.
Finally the Battle Of Trafalgar at 34 Guildford Road, BN1 3LW serves four real ales including Harvey's and Fuller's plus food. It's a short walk up a steep hill from the station.
If you're stopping over an evening crawl around this little lot should be fun.
I'm definitely becoming a bit of a part timer. Millwall in mid week is almost certainly a non starter for me. There is no car parking for away fans at the New Den so unless you go by bus or train you're stuffed basically.
Received wisdom states that there are no friendly pubs in the vicinity of the ground and those that travel on official club transport are likely to be ushered straight in anyway.
For exiles and train travellers London is your oyster. London Bridge Station is five minutes by train from the ground and there are two or three decent pubs near here in the Borough district of the city.
The Market Porter at 9 Stoney Street SE1 9AA sounds the pick of these with ten real ales, real cider and an upstairs restaurant if you want to eat.
A Young's pub the Wheatsheaf is also nearby at 6 Stoney Street and serves food sourced from the adjacent Borough Market.
If you missed out on the Harvey's in Brighton their only London tied house can be found at 44 Tabard Street SE1 4JU. Food is available here too.
These three are all pretty adjacent and would make a good "mini crawl" if you're making a day of it.
Enjoy-if you can, bearing in mind it's Millwall.