So what is a girl to do when a new bar opens, literally yards away from her house. Frequent it enthusiastically of course! Three days on the trot. 🙂
The sympathetic restoration of a former textile mill in Clitheroe has been speeding ahead. Lots quicker than anyone would have thought possible, Bowland Beer Hall inside Holmes Mill, opened it’s doors this weekend. Bowland Brewery have been busy brewing their ales on site over the last twelve months or so. I’ve often smelt the hops when I’ve nipped home from work in the week. But now the brewery has a more than suitable home to showcase its full range of Bowland Beers, as well as a huge number of guest ales. There are in fact 42 hand pulled cask ales on tap!
The Beer Hall houses what could be Britain’s longest continuous bar. It is thought to be a tad longer than the 104ft and three inches ‘Horseshoe Bar’ in Glasgow. Die hard ale fans can buy Circumnavigation Tickets and work their way round Clitheroe’s bar. If you are not a real ale fan, don’t worry , there are plenty of wines, spirits and ciders on offer. I was keen to try a medium fruity cider called ‘ Lily The Pink’. 🙂
If amazing original features are what you are after, then Bowland Beer Hall has them in abundance. Many of Holmes Mill’s industrial fixtures and fittings have been retained or incorporated into the interior.
The red telephone box was actually used a as a means of communication on the spinning room floor. It was quite a surprise to see it inside by the entrance. 🙂 The ‘Piece des resistance’ of original features though , has to be the HUGE steam engine. You cannot miss it!
I looked up the engine here and it is apparently a Blackburn- built Clayton, Goodfellow & Co. Ltd horizontal cross-compound type Nos 544-5 built in 1910. There you go! A Friday night drinker ( who may or may not have been circumnavigating the bar) claims the engine’s name is Elizabeth. She is certainly handsome. I could not help but imagine this part of the mill, to be the perfect venue for a steampunk gathering or photo shoot. What do you think?
Despite bobbing in Opening night ( Thursday) out of curiosity , and then last night as part of a ‘proper night out’ 😉 , we couldn’t resist but try out the menu for lunch today. Here’s what you can nosh with your beer.
Wil ordered the Moules & Frites ( mussels and chips) and I decided to try one of the veggie dishes , the Mac ‘N’ Cheese Burger.
Our food came out in durable but bang on trend enamel ware and was beautifully presented. Wil said his mussels were sublime and after tasting one, I agreed, they were juicy, tender and sweet. The Mac N Cheese Burger was perfectly adequate. I do think the menu could do with a few more vegetarian options.
So Bowland Beer Hall is only one of the businesses that will reside in Holmes Mill. A Bakery, Pop-Up-Cinema, Ice cream Parlor, Food Hall, Deli, Gym, Pool, Spa and Boutique Hotel are all planned in phases with 2018 as a final completion date. Watch this Space!