Monday, 21 May 2018
Yesterday a coachload of us went on our first Snug outing of the year and what a great time we had. Our first stop was Hawkshead Brewery where our friends kindly laid on a brewery tour and there was the usual delicious ale and food.
Our next stop was Cartmel where we spent several happy hours enjoying the spring sunshine with copious amounts of cheese, wine and port at Unsworth's Yard, not to mention some lovely beers from Peter's Unsworth's Yard brewery.
Our final visit was to our friends at Fell and the Factory Tap at Kendal. As well as some lovely beers we enjoyed the usual warm hospitality with Ronnie and Les laying on a lovely barbecue for our hungry travellers at the Factory Tap.
All in all it was a quality trip and we would both like to thank all who joined our booze cruise and a special thank you to all the places we visited for their warm welcome and hospitality.
On Saturday June 2nd we will be welcoming Yardies Jamaican Street Food to The Snug. As many of you know we are very fond of our Caribbean food, offering jerk chicken whenever we can for our Jacob's Joins, so we are really excited about Yardies. I've dropped a huge hint for them to do ackee and saltfish, one of my favourites, but let's see what delicacies they offer us on the day. We will be receiving a menu nearer the time and will keep you updated.
That's all for now folks, take care and hope to see you soon.
Wednesday, 25 April 2018
We are now playing catch up with some beers we were hoping to put on before we closed finally making an appearance. I met the lads from Farmyard Ales in Cockerham around August last year but didn't get their beers on before we closed, that will be changing soon. Likewise we will soon be welcoming Pomona Island beers, brewed in the shadow of Old Trafford football ground and Media City. We are also adding some lovely beers from Runaway Brewery in Manchester to our bottle selection.
The following day, Sunday May 20th, we have our first Snug outing since reopening when we will visit Staveley (Hawkshead Brewery and Eagle and Child), Cartmel (Unsworth's Yard and numerous pubs) and Kendal to visit the Factory Tap and Fell Bar. Due to demand we have had to increase the size of the coach so we still have a few places left. We will be leaving The Snug at 11 00am and are due back around 8 00pm, the cost is £16pp but please get in touch asap as there are very few remaining places.
This weekend sees the final taking place for the Snug Fantasy Football League Cup. Competing to become our inaugural winners will be Martyn Smith and Steve Foster. Good luck chaps.
That's all for now but please remember, we put regular updates, especially about our cask beers, on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Thursday, 22 March 2018
Tom Jobling v Kev Williams
Joe Jobling v Mike Pickering
Ben Ray v Julia Beaman
Mike Rowbottom v Marc Prill
S Foster v Glenn Haggart
Christine Fell v Steve Tobin
Don Penfold v Mark Holmes
Martyn Smith v John Fell
Then the following weekend sees the return of Amporn and Eric and their wonderful Thai street food. They will be with us on Saturday 7th April from 12 00pm until about 7 00pm.
Tuesday, 6 March 2018
It's hard to believe now that we were closed for nearly five months. Where did the time go?
We've now been back just over a week and the last few weeks have been so busy I've only just found time to do this blog update, which I've been meaning to do for the last few weeks
We have added some fresh, new prints to the redecorated walls, new lights over the bar and lamps on the window ledges. We now have a fresh new ceiling so we haven't replaced the drapes that masked the old, damp and leak stained ceiling so the place now feels roomier and airier, but we've kept the heart of The Snug intact.
We got the keys back on February 14th with a provisional date for reopening of 23rd February. The idea was to spend the 15th and 16th getting everything back in and ready then have the weekend end and few days to Friday 23rd making the most of our last few days off. How naïve. We worked every day, all day until 23 February finally putting the finishing touches to things at 3 30pm on the day we reopened at 5 00pm. We're really pleased with our new look and appreciate the kind comments so many people have made since we reopened.
|Preparing casks for reopening|
We opened the doors at 4 45pm and immediately the place was absolutely rammed and remained so until we called last orders. We even had messages of support from people who literally couldn't physically get in on that first night. It was truly a night to remember and we would like to thank everybody for making it so special. We finally finished cleaning and restocking at midnight, got home and hit the sack at 12 15 and went out like a pair of lights until after 8 30am on the Saturday morning.
Despite freezing weather and ferocious winds we welcomed Thai Kitchen back to Carnforth on our second Saturday and plenty of delicious Thai food and top quality beer was consumed, a wonderful day was had by all. Thai Kitchen are back with us on Aril 7th from 12 00pm until around 7 00pm.
Since we opened our doors on August 1st 2012 we are proud to have raised around £5,000 for various good causes. This Thursday we have our first charity fundraiser starting at 7 00pm. In conjunction with Pub Aid we will be holding a quiz night in aid of Prostate Cancer UK . I do hope you can join us and help raise a good amount for a very worthwhile cause.
From Friday our collecting tin for the Greyhound Trust will be back on the bar. A couple of friends and regulars have recently adopted retired greyhounds and we thought it would be good to raise some money to help this very worthwhile charity.
Well it's been hard work these last few weeks but we're glad to be back.
When's our next holiday Jules?
Saturday, 3 February 2018
Although we've missed The Snug and all our pals we have enjoyed a break since October and the time has really flown. In a previous existence I worked for medical charities mostly, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and training and awareness raising. Inevitably many of the volunteers I worked with were retired and so many used to tell me that they were so busy they had no idea how they ever had time to work. We now know what they mean. Having said that we are really excited at getting cracking again and we have already started preparing.
We are now in the process of selecting the first delivery of beers and we are planning some really spectacular new ones as well as some old favourites. There is a very special one making an appearance and we are off to Manchester on Monday to sort that one which we hope to have on when we have our grand reopening night.
We have already ordered our new ciders, again some new but we will stay loyal to old favourites. We will also be stocking an improved range of sort drinks, something exciting we think for the poor old drivers.
So that's our big news for now but I'm sure there will be so much happening before February 23rd that we will be posting on here again before then.
Please don't forget that you can also keep up with our news on Twitter (@TheSnugMicropub) and Facebook (https://facebook.com/TheSnugMicropub/)
Monday, 8 January 2018
We were told this morning that the works should be completed and the building handed back to Network Rail on January 30th. The date that we should have access to prepare for re-opening is now February 14th. Our period of leisure is drawing to a close.
If anybody would care to come along a few of us are heading into Lancaster for a few drinks on Saturday afternoon (13 Jan). We will be getting the 13 03 train from Carnforth but feel free to join us if meeting up in Lancaster is easier. Just contact me on 07927 396861 to check where we will be.
See you all soon.
Saturday, 16 December 2017
|Jules next to the bar.|
The plastering is well on now and the toilet floor has been replaced, there will also be new toilets and wash basins going in. The ceiling has yet to be replaced but it looks quite good looking up and seeing beams above. But it really does need a ceiling.
We were there primarily to let the lads know what colours we wanted the walls painting and what colour floor coverings we wanted but the really good news is that, as things stand, the provisional date for the contractors to hand the building back to Network Rail has been brought forward from February 19th to February 14th. Of course things can change, as we have learnt from bitter experience this year, but that is encouraging.
As things progress we will keep you updated here and via Twitter (@TheSnugMicropub) and Facebook (https://m.facebook.com/TheSnugMicropub)
So that's it for this year unless anything dramatic happens. The next time we blog will be the month before we re-open.
Thank you all for your support and friendship over the last five years and especially your continued support and friendship since we closed in October. We both wish you all a wonderfully happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.