The demise of the traditional local pub is something that has been well chronicled in recent years. Whether it be greedy breweries, the smoking ban, or cut-price supermarket drink, the street corner watering hole looked to be hading for oblivion. Thankfully, to someone of more mature years like myself, the tide is starting to turn with the rapid rise of the micro brewery and micro bar. Several of the latter have opened up around the area with the emphasis on good cask ale and a no-frills environment. This rennaisance is certianly worth raising a glass to.