Carlisle United Away Games

FOLLOW THE CUMBRIANS ON THE ROAD

This section is designed to suggest some real ale pubs near the grounds Carlisle United will visit this season. Most of these pubs will be in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide, so I hope you enjoy the real ale/ciders on offer. If you come across any other pubs, especially away friendly pubs, please let us know at ku.gro.armac.yawlos@tcatnoc .All are within 15 minutes walk of the ground unless stated.

BURY FC Gigg Lane, Bury, Lancashire BL9 9HR Next Fixture

The Thirsty Fish, Bury, A new micropub close to Bury's famous outdoor market next to the bus station in the town centre. An excellent range of ales, many from local breweries. No food.

The Trackside Bar Bolton Street Station, Bury, BL9 0EY Located within the waiting room of the East Lancs Steam Railway's Bury station, not too far from the Metro. The Trackside stocks up to 9 real ales and a good range of bottles. A range of food is available and children are welcome. About 25 minutes walk from Gigg Lane.

CAMBRIDGE UNITED Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8LN Next Fixture

Kingston Arms 33 Kingston Street, Cambridge, CB1 2NU

10 hand pumps – need I say more? It’s close to the station which means either a 30 minute walk or taxi to the ground. It describes itself as having ‘a combination of traditional pub, award winning ales and first rate cooking’.

Nearer the ground The Wrestlers 337 Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8JE a Wells pub with Thai food may be worth a look.

CHELTENHAM TOWN Whaddon Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 5NA Next Fixture

Kemble Brewery Inn 27 Fairview Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 2JF Relatively close to the ground (five minutes or so), but in the back streets between Whaddon Road and the town centre, and hard to locate through paths and twisting streets. Small single room pub with open fire that specialises in more obscure real ales - up to six on at any one time.

COLCHESTER UNITED United Way, Colchester, CO4 5HE Next Fixture 23 February 2019

There are very few pubs in the vicinity of this out of town ground. The best bet is to find a town centre hostelry and take one of the football special buses to the ground.

The Bricklayers 27 Bergholt Road, Colchester CO4 5AA

This is a friendly, family run, Adnams pub serving a wide selection of guest ales from all over the UK. The pub is close to the railway station and convenient for the shuttle buses to the ground. Children are allowed in if accompanied by a well behaved adult. The only slight downside is that food is not served on a Saturday.

CRAWLEY TOWN Winfield Way, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 9RX Next Fixture

The White Hart High Street, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 1BQ. Owned by the excellent Harveys brewery of Lewes, it is located in the centre of Crawley. The pub has quite a history dating from the 18th century. Food is available and children are welcome.

The Brewery Shades 85 High Street, Crawley RH10 1BA is close to the White Hart with 10 handpumps dispensing a wide range of local and national ales. Both pubs along with the Jubilee Oak (Wetherspoon's) across the street are all about 25 minutes walk from the ground.

CREWE Gresty Road Crewe CW2 6EB Next Fixture 2 February 2019

There are no good real ale pubs close to the ground that I know so it is necessary to walk a bit further to find quality pubs.

The Borough Arms 33 Earle Street, CW1 2BG

Situated on Earle Street Railway bridge within sight of Crewe Municipal Square about 20 minutes walk from Gresty Road. This pub has 10 handpumps serving a wide range of real ales. This is the location of the Borough Arms Brewery.

Hops Prince Albert Street, Crewe CW12DF

For something different try this Belgian style Café-bar, free from brewery tie. Real Ales from local and interesting micro and regional brewers are dispensed from 6 handpumps. Near the town centre Hops is around 20 minutes walk from Gresty Road.

EXETER CITY Stadium Way, Exeter, EX4 6PX Next Fixture

Centre Spot Bar at St James Park serves up to four real ales on matchdays.

St Annes Well 31 Well Street, Exeter, EX4 6QL is a warm and welcoming community pub situated close to the football ground, both home and away fans are welcome on match days. Up to five real ales are usually available, and good-quality food is served all day.

In central Exeter there are three Good Beer Guide pubs all about 25 minutes walk from the ground. These are The Fat Pig , John Street, Georges Meeting House South Street and Hour Glass Inn on Melbourne Street, Exeter

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FOREST GREEN ROVERS, The New Lawn, Another Way, Nailsworth, GL6 0FG Next Fixture 16 March 2019

The Village Inn The Cross, Fountain Street, Nailsworth, STROUD, GL6 0HH

This is a brew pub serving a range of Keep Brewery ales, as well as some local and not so local guest ales, along with a selection of lagers and ciders. The pub is situated a good 20 minute walk from the ground. Please note no food is served here. For food try The Britannia on Newmarket Road or cafes close by.

There are no real ale pubs nearer to the edge of town ground or Good Beer Guide pubs the nearest been the in Stroud where the The Crown & Sceptreand The Prince Albert can be located.

GRIMSBY Blundell Park, Cleethorpes, DN35 7PY Next Fixture 22 April 2019

As all football fans know Blundell Park is situated in Cleethorpes and it is south in the direction of the town/ beech that the best pubs are found. Two of them are found at the train station namely No 1 Pub at the station itself and No 2 Refreshment Room,on Station Approach. If food is required the nearby Coliseum a Wetherspoon's pub on the High Street is worth a visit to check out the interesting way it has been converted.

LINCOLN CITY Scincil Bank Stadium, Lincoln LN5 8LD Next Fixture

The Golden Eagle Lincoln 21 High Street, Lincoln LN5 8BD is my choice for Lincoln. It serves a wide range of real ales in this interesting old coaching inn. If travelling by train food can be obtained from a number of outlets on the High Street on the way to the ground including The Ritz, Lincoln a former cinema converted into a Wetherspoon's pub serving a good range of ales.

If time permits a visit to the city centre, a 30 minute walk from the ground, is a must with a range of excellent hostelries including The Cardinals Hat nearer the centre along the High Street, The Morning Star near the Cathedral and The Strugglers Inn under the city walls.

MACCLESFIELD Moss Rose Ground, London Road, Macclesfield, SK11 7SP Next Fixture

The Golden Lion, Macclesfield 98 Moss Lane, Macclesfield SK11 7XH is the only real ale pub within a few minutes of the ground. As it does not serve food and serves only bland national brewery cask ales more discerning drinkers may wish to head for the town centre.

My recommendation is Waters Green Tavern Macclesfield 96 Waters Green, Macclesfield, SK11 6LH. Situated close to both the railway and bus stations it serves good pub grub and a range of interesting real ales. Other good beer guide pubs to be found in the town centre are Park Tavern Macclesfield, Redwillow Macclesfield and Treacle Tap Macclesfield.

MANSFIELD TOWN Quarry Lane, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 5DA Next Fixture

Bold Forester Botany Avenue, Sutton Road, Mansfield, NG18 5NF A family friendly, large pub in traditional style about 10 minutes walk from the ground. It has a constantly changing selection of six to eight beers plus ciders. One of the 'Hungry Horse' chain so a wide selection of food available.

Railway Inn 9 Station Street, Mansfield NG18 1EF

I prefer this town boozer, with good home made food and a range of real ales the Railway Inn is situated between the ground and town centre and close to the train station. Good banter is guaranteed with the local fans who frequent this gem of a pub.

MK DONS Stadium Way West, Milton Keynes MK1 1ST Next Fixture

There are few real ale pubs in walking distance of the ground. The Inn on the Lake is reserved for home supporters. I would suggest looking further afield to Fenny Stratford. The Red Lion 11 Lock View Lane, Simpson Road Fenny Stratford MK1 1BY would be my choice. It is about 25 minutes walk from the ground. Another pub in Fenny Stratford is Chequers on Watling Street where food is served along with a good selection of real ales.

MORECAMBE, the Globe Stadium, Christie Way, Westgate, Morecambe, LA4 4TB Next Fixture

The William Mitchell, Morecambe, Glentworth Road West, Westgate, Morecambe, LA4 4SZ is about 10 minutes walk from the Globe Stadium is a family friendly pub that does food and has a limited range of cask ales.

If you have more time to spare a 30 minute walk to the front brings a choice of Good Beer Guide pubs including Eric Bartholomew , 10 Euston Road LA4 5DD, King's Arms, Morecambe, Marine Road Central LA4 4BJ and The Morecambe, 25 Lord Street LA4 5HX.

My favourite however is The Palatine The Crescent, Morecambe, LA4 5BZ This is a cosy two storied Edwardian terrace pub with good food and 4 real ales usually including Lancashire brews.

NEWPORT COUNTY Rodney Road, Newport, South Wales, NP19 0UU Next Fixture 2 March 2018

Pig & Wig 22 – 24 Stow Hill, Newport, NP20 1JD

Handily located on the way to the ground from the station. As well as selling Draught Bass it features Welsh breweries in its other handpumps. A large single roomed pub that also serves food.

The High Street has three Good Beer Guide pubs, McCanns Rock'n'ale bar, Olde Murenger House and Tiny Rebel providing a good variety of pub types and all worthy of a visit.

NORTHAMPTON TOWN Sixfields Stadium, Upton Way, Northampton NN5 5QA Next Fixture 12 January 2019

There are no Good Beer Guide Pubs near to this out of town ground. A short walk from the ground there are three Greene King pubs serving food as well as real ale The Sixfields, Sevens and Walter Tull.

To find quality pubs involves a long 30 minute plus walk into the town centre. Worth seeking out are the Albion Brewery Bar 54, Kingswell Street, NN1 1PR and the Malt Shovel 121, Bridge Street NN1 1QF

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NOTTS COUNTY Meadow Lane, Nottingham, NG2 3HJ Next Fixture

The Vat & Fiddle 12-14 Queen's Bridge Road, Nottingham, NG2 1NB

The Vat & Fiddle is next to the Castle Rock Brewery en route from the station to the ground. It serves a range of Castle Rock ales along with a variety of guest and European beers. Food is available at lunch time.

There are a large range of excellent real ale pubs in the centre of Nottingham, a further 10-15 minute walk from Meadow Lane than the Vat & Fiddle.

OLDHAM ATHLETIC Boundary Park, Oldham OL1 2PA Next Fixture

There are few real ale pubs in reasonable walking distance of Boundary Park. The pick of those is probably Carters Arms, Royton on the Oldham Road.

I suggest heading into the town centre around a mile from the ground to visit the Ashton Arms Oldham in Clegg Street Oldham OL1 1PL which usually has a good range of local ales on offer. As it only offers sandwiches at weekends if looking for something more substantial then the nearby Wetherspoons is Up Steps Inn Oldham to be found at 17 High Street Oldham OL1 3AJ.

PORT VALE Vale Park, Hamil Rd, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 1AW Next Fixture 26 January 2019

There are a large number of good real ale pubs to be found in Burslem about 10 minutes from the ground. My favourites are the Bull's Head and the Duke William but good ales can be found in the nearby Leopard, Post Office Vaults and Johny's Micro Pub

Bull's Head, 14 St John's Square, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 3AJ This is Titanic's Brewery Tap and flagship pub. Situated in the centre of Burslem the pub welcomes all football fans, both home and away. The range of ten excellent real ales is complemented by a selection of up to ten real ciders.

The Duke William, 2 St. John's Square, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 3AJ This imposing pub has undergone a sympathetic restoration with most of the original features still in place, including the horse-shoe shaped bar and its heated foot rail, bell pushes in the lounge, serving hatch and leaded windows. Eight hand pumps dispense a range of beers.

STEVENAGE Broadhall Way, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG2 8RH Next Fixture 13 April 2019

Our Mutual Friend , Broadwater Crescent, Stevenage, SG2 8EH Generally considered to be the best pub in Stevenage, (not that it has much competition) it has 7 hand pumps serving an ever changing array of ‘real ales from near and far’. Very busy on match days. No hot food.

If food is required Chequers 164 High Street, Stevenage SG1 3LL a 30 minute walk from the ground in the town could be considered. A Greene King pub with a good range of guest ales.

SWINDON TOWN, County Ground, County Road, Swindon, SN1 2ED. Next Fixture

The GW Hotel, Station Road, SN1 1DH is a decent pub opposite the station. An Arkell’s house with 2 or 3 ales usually available. There is a pool table, children are welcome and food is served.

A five minute walk from the station in the opposite direction of the ground The Glue Pot, 5 Emlyn Square, SN1 5BP is the nearest Good Beer Guide pub. This old fashioned corner pub serves an excellent range of real ales but unfortunately children under 14 are not allowed in. The Glue Pot is part of the historic Swindon Railway Village and well worth the detour. A great range of real ales and ciders is on offer.

TRANMERE ROVERS Prenton Park, Prenton Road West, Birkenhead CH42 9PY Next Fixture 30 March 2019

The Oxton Bar and Kitchen, in Oxton village (2 Claughton Firs CH43 5TQ) , is the only GBG pub in walking distance of Prenton Park (about 20 minutes) With beers from local breweries and a range of food from sandwiches to full meals it may be worth hunting out. Across the road a new micropub the Homebrew Tap, may be open.

In the past I have usually gone to the Swan,Oxton on the Woodchurch Road (A522) for a pint and meal before moving closer to the ground.

YEOVIL TOWN Huish Park Stadium, Lufton Way, Yeovil BA22 8YF Next Fixture 4 May 2019

Yeovil is not blessed with many real ale pubs due to its situation in the heart of cider drinking. While visiting I have usually found myself in the Arrow a large estate pub that does food. It also serves a number of real ales mainly from the Marstons range but usually has at least one on tap from the local Yeovil Brewery.