We are so lucky to have some terrific pubs in our county, but these were the cream of the crop over thirty five years ago.
The Good Pub Guide in 1985 says that Lancashire was one of the cheapest areas of the country for both good beer and "robustly generous helpings of bar food."
Let's have a look at which of our local pubs made the grade:
1. The Black Dog, Belmont
The continued warmth and friendliness, and attractive prices, of this moorland pub have earned it a star. Good value, simple bar food changes daily and is mostly freshly made: it includes a chip barm cake for 40p. Wine is served in generous measures.
2. The Moorcock, Blacko
The carpeted lounge bar is spacious and restful with high cream walls hung with brass ornaments. The bar food includes some surprises too, such as black pudding with rosti and sauerkraut (1.70) and a wide choice of puddings include sweet omelettes (95p)
3. The Plough at Eaves, Broughton
Little latticed windows, very low dark beams, a couple of guns over the copper-hooded open fire, rush-seated chairs around the dark wooden tripod tables, an antique oak linen chest and corner cupboard, and a complete absence of machines and music make for a pleasantly old-fashioned country pub. Darts.
4. The Railway, Heapey, Chorley
The railway from which the pub gets its name has actually been dismantled, and the neighbouring station has become a combined blacksmith's forge, livery stables and boarding kennels. The food includes soup (40p) and plain or toasted sandwiches (70p). The pub has an excellent and growing collection of cigarette cards and holds a clay pigeon shoot every Sunday.