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:
5. The Hodder Bridge Hotel, nr Clitheroe
This simple and friendly inn is well placed for walks along the River Hodder, and on our visit piped rhythm and blues music. Sunday carvery (3 courses for 3.95). There is said to be a sausage-loving pub dog and a lovely white cat, which we did not meet.
6. Whoop Hall, Cowan Bridge
Cheerful and locally popular, this 400-year-old bar has an old-fashioned and homely atmosphere with open fires at each end and pots of flowers in the deep window embrasures (the walls are very thick). The bar food, though not cheap, is good value
7. The Criterion, Blackpool
A busy and efficient town-centre pub with a good atmosphere (at least out of season).
8. Th'Owd Tithebarn, Garstang
A vast trussed-roof barn with pews and highly-varnished tables on its flagstones, waitresses in period bonnets, masses of antique farm tools and stuffed animals and birds, and, upstairs, the Lancaster Canal Museum and Information Centre