Admiral Lord Rodney Mill Green, Colne, Lancashire
Nearest tower: St Bartholomew, Colne (0.4 miles)

We started going to the Rodney in mid-2005 after tiring of the Shepherds and sampling most of the other town centre pubs in Colne, and have now made it our regular post-practice haunt. It's in Waterside, downhill of the church close to the river, and has had several landlords in recent years. Inside there's a bar area with some seating and a main room opposite; to the rear of the pub is a longer antechamber with a dartboard, cards, dominoes and more seating, there's even a dedicated pool room too. The beer is some of the best in Colne with three ever-present cask ales and two guest beers constantly on tap. Complementing these are a selection of lagers (including continental varieties), wines and spirits. Tasty hot snacks are served till closing time most days, a definite bonus. An unusual feature is the fully set dining table and chairs upside down on the ceiling near the bar!

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The Castle Hotel Main Street, Hornby, Lancashire
Nearest tower: St Margaret, Hornby (50 yards)

Following Colne's Three Counties Tour, we were in need of some liquid refreshment before our journey home from Hornby, and the closest watering hole to the church was The Castle Hotel. The building was reasonably large with a bar downstairs open to guests and visitors alike. Quite a selection of real ales were on pump, though most of us were content with soft drinks to quench our thirst. Several sofas, comfy chairs and cushoned seats were dotted about the square-plan area between the bar and the main entrance. A warm atmosphere helped us relax and chill out before we were on our way.

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Crown Hotel Albert Road, Colne, Lancashire
Nearest tower: St Bartholomew, Colne (0.5 miles)

After one Wednesday practice we set off in search of another pub due to a spell of refurbishment at the Shepherds, and we ended up down the hill at the Crown. It was actually quiz night here but even this did little to liven the dreary atmosphere. Unusually, a central bar served to completely separate rooms; we choose the larger one on the right, which also housed a pool table and fruit machines. The decor inside was in need of a facelift and did nothing for the ambience. The only real saving grace was the modest collection of cask ales on pump. Next time our local is closed we'll probably be venturing elsewhere...

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click for larger image The Crown Hotel
in Colne

Crown Hotel Horton-in-Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire
Nearest tower: St Oswald, Horton-in-Ribblesdale (0.4 miles)

We ended up at Horton-in-Ribblesdale following Colne's Mini Adventure having rung at three other towers en route. After pitching the tent and a barbeque we ventured off to the Crown. Like its namesake in Colne, it has two separate rooms on either side of the bar, both of which are rather small to say the least. An additional restaurant adjoins the bar we used. It was packed and stools were at a premium, but thankfully we didn't stay inside too long because it was unbearably hot and stuffy inside. Its only saving grace was the wholesome set of traditional ales, including the fabled Old Peculier. Snacks and choices of lager left a lot to be desired though! Probably a good place to go midweek or on a winter's day.

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The Golden Lion Hotel Horton-in-Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire
Nearest tower: St Oswald, Horton-in-Ribblesdale (50 yards)

This pub was a big improvement on the pressure cooker atmosphere in the Crown. A well stocked bar divided two large rooms, one with a fire and the other a television - a third room housing a pool table resided on the opposite side of a corridor. Quite a mix of real ales, lagers, wines, spirits and soft drinks were in supply, together with a vast array of snacks - including choccy bars! Like Horton's only other pub, the Golden Lion was filled to capacity, and at one point Joanne was briefly locked in a room with some other leering punters. A decent pub within a stone's throw of both the campsite we were using and the church.

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Ramsay's Bar St John's Road, Buxton, Derbyshire
Nearest tower: Christ Church, Burbage (0.6 miles)

Ramsay's Bar is a renowned drinking establishment regularly featured in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide, and forms part of the Buckingham Hotel. A small porch led into the main bar, a single long room occupying a full side of the hotel, though the bar had an adjoining restaurant. A selection of six real ales was available along with a few keg bitters and lagers, besides a wealth of wines and spirits, though the range of snacks on offer seemed rather limited. The average age of the clientele was at least forty-something, and there was a faint bourgeois air about the bar highlighted by the total lack of games in the place.

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The bar is named
after local artist
George Ramsay

The Shepherds Arms Church Street, Colne, Lancashire
Nearest tower: St Bartholomew, Colne (100 yards)

Our regular haunt on Colne practice nights. A fairly modern pub offering a range of drinks, including four of Timothy Taylor's award-winning cask ales. The range of snacks is fairly limited with a small selection of crisps and occasionally nuts. The drinking area is a single curved room with the lenghty bar occupying a central position along the back wall. Most seating is in front of the bar with two slightly elevated and screened sections at either end. At the far left there's a big screen usually showing football or music videos, on the right are two pool tables and (occasionally) a dartboard. Not a bad place to sup and socialise.

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click for larger image Colne's local pub
click for larger image Playing pool

The Sparrow Hawk Hotel Church Street, Burnley, Lancashire
Nearest tower: St Peter, Burnley (150 yards)

We usually venture here after Burnley practices, into the public bar through the main hotel lobby. It's a rather cramped and dark corner of the ground floor with an L-shaped bar serving a partitioned drinking area. An astounding range of drinks is available, notably the standard Moorhouse's real ales and four ever-changing guest beers, and the snacks on offer are equally diverse. Every now and again free sandwiches have been passed around to Andrew's delight! There is a TV in the main seating area that's usually tuned to Sky Sports, and also a pool table (always busy) in a separate room away from the bar.

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click for larger image The Sparrow Hawk
Hotel, Burnley

The Sun Inn Windy Street, Chipping, Lancashire
Nearest tower: St Bartholomew, Chipping (100 yards)

An award winning pub in the village centre, which was very busy on a Thursday evening after Chipping's practice. Several roomy partitions surround the bar and lots of old photos of Chipping decorate the walls. A nice mix of cask ales were on draught together with some other beers, wines and the usual spirits. Some real Lancashire cheese dishes were sold during the day. There was a pool table though it was being well used. Not a bad pub with some decent bitters.

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click for larger image The Sun is CAMRA
recommended

Thorn Inn Kirk Road, Church, Lancashire
Nearest tower: St James, Church Kirk (100 yards)

Occasionally on Wednesday's we hold a practice at Church Kirk when ringing at Colne is not possible, and afterwards we have been known to frequent this establishment. The decor in the four main rooms isn't wonderful, but the snug boasts a real log fire to curb the winter chill. There's also a TV room behind the small and understocked bar, and another room opposite this housing a table football machine. The fourth partition contains a pool table that seems to be free to play on Wednesdays - a definite bonus! The drinks available aren't particularly great and the whole outfit feels a wee bit unprofessional, but there is a good selection of snacks and a couple of sweets machines to brighten up the corridor.

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