Bikes, beer and food

This is a bit of a different post for the blog, but it does include food and it also includes beer (something that will be featuring a lot more on the blog in the future). As it was a nice bank holiday I thought it was a good day to combine 3 of my favourite things – getting out on my bike, having a beer in the sun and having some good pub grub!

We started in Warrington near Gullivers World and then ended up cycling a bit further than we had planned as we got a bit lost.

Here is a picture of the route for anyone that is interested. Please click the picture to get a full Google map view of it.

mapOur goal was to head to Frodsham and have a beer in The Ring O’Bells which is an old pub I have wanted to try for a while. There are also some other nice pubs in Frodsham but due to being on bikes it wasn’t a day when I could visit a lot
of them.

On the way we when through the nice little village of Moore and stopped for a drink from the shop.


canal-at-moore-2From here we got on the canal and headed up to Preston Brook as this cut out a lot of roads. We then cycled on the roads to Frodsham and headed up to the Ring O’Bells for a well deserved beer.

ring-o-bells-frodshamring-o-bells-frodsham-2The Ring O’Bells is a great little old pub with loads of character and it was just how I imagined it to be. If i lived in Frodsham this would be a pub that I would visit on a regular basis. The beer I had here was called the Hoptimist. A brilliant name for a beer and a great pint.

ring-o-bells-beer-gardenAfter the Ring O’Bells we headed down to the main street on Frodsham to The Bears Paw to get some food and have another beer.

the-bears-paw-outsideThis time we had a pint of Black Sheep beer. Not a great selection of real ales at The Bears Paw. However, the food menu was decent and they had some great looking burgers. We both went for the wild boar burger which came with a black pudding on it. Result!

wild-boar-burgerwild-boar-burger-2These were decent burgers and really filling. If you are in Frodsham I would recommend calling in but would not make a special visit just to try the food here.

It was now time to cycle back to Warrington and call for 1 more beer on the way home. For some reason we decided to take a different route back and go through Runcorn. We did get quite lost and I don’t have any pictures from where we went. We eventually made it back to Spike Island which is on the other side of the Runcorn bridge.

spike-islandAfter Spike Island we just had to head down the canal towards The Ferry Tavern which was our final stop for a pint. This is one of my favourite pubs and is on the Trans Pennine Trail so it is always popular with cyclists and dog walkers. They do a great fish and chips at the weekend as well which I need to review for this food blog.

The canal between Spike Island the Penketh is pretty horrible! There is rubbish everywhere and its not the nicest place to cycle through.

horrible-canalMinging canal with rubbish and rubble everywhere.

I forgot to take any pictures at the Ferry Tavern for the last beer but if you are on the trans pennine trail I would recommend calling in for a beer!

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