Last All Dayer in Manchester

Yesterday I went on my last All Dayer in Manchester with Paul, Dunk and Adrian.

Feeling a bit under the weather – I think the stresses and strains of the last few weeks are beginning to catch up with me – I decided to get some fresh air by walking down into Shaw to catch the train. I also promised myself I’d “take it easy” today, which surprisingly enough I managed to do. 🙂

Soon after setting off the heavens opened and I was wet through by the time I got on the train to Victoria. Arriving early, I grabbed a huge coffee in Costa Coffee and read the freebie edition of the Manchester Evening News before meeting up in Sinclair’s. ~o)

After a quick pint of Sam Smith’s we decided to jump in a cab and make our way to Oxford Road, starting with lunch in the Kro Bar beer garden. Although the weather was lousy we found a sheltered spot with a patio heater and enjoyed our meatballs and chips. =p~

Heading back towards town we stuck our head in a couple of new places but, since they didn’t have any cask beers, we skipped them and ended up in Kro2 Bar and then the Lass O’Gowrie. We skipped a number of plastic pubs, popped in to the Thirsty Scholar (but left when we found out they had no decent beer on) and then into one of Adrian’s favourites, The Salisbury, under the railway arches, where I was lucky enough to find Old Peculier on tap. :d

I can’t remember where we went next: I know we tried the Peveril of the Peak at some point, but it was closed. We might’ve gone to the Briton’s Protection, or it could’ve been back to the Town Hall Tavern for a pint of Deuchars. Either way, we ended up somehow in St Anne’s Square, where we sampled the spicy sausages from a stall on the Dutch themed outdoor market. For Sure!

At this point I remembered a great little bar called Cask, which Dunk and I found accidentally on a previous All Dayer. We vaguely remembered that it was somewhere off Deansgate, near the Science Museum, so we headed towards Castlefield and found it without any trouble. Like last time, we sampled their Budvar Dark in the little beer garden at the back. The clouds had cleared by now, so we then went on to Dukes 92 and had a pint by the canal, then tiptoed over the lock and started on our way back towards Victoria.

At Exchange Square, Paul suggested going on the Big Wheel. I’ve not been on it before – no chance of getting Sara on there – so I thought it was a great idea. Apparently it’s going to be dismantled and moved abroad next week, so I’m glad we got a chance to do it. The views were simply stunning. b-)

A last beer in Sinclairs before Dunk has to dash off to catch the luxury bus to the sticks, Paul and Adrian go for the night bus to Oldham and I head back to Victoria for the 22:19 to Rochdale. Unfortunately due to an oversight on my part, I find that it doesn’t go via Shaw so I’m stuck with the prospect of waiting for the 23:21 train. #-o

I’m not sure how my beer-fuelled brain came up with the notion that jumping on the train to Greenfield, rather than waiting, would be a good idea… but I went with it. By the time I arrived in Greenfield and walked into Uppermill, I realised it wasn’t the greatest idea I’d ever had. Nonetheless I was home and in bed before the correct train would’ve left Victoria, albeit £8 lighter due to the somewhat longer taxi ride. :>

All in all another great day out in town. It’ll be murder trying to get back over for the next one – someone else will have to do the blogging honours – but I’ll be there in spirit. 😉

No hangover today either.