REAL ALE: Brian and Andy take over at Admiral Lord Rodney

Andy Gildea from the Admiral Lord Rodney pub which has featured in the beer blog by Mark Briggs.

Andy Gildea from the Admiral Lord Rodney pub which has featured in the beer blog by Mark Briggs.

There is a new owner at the Admiral Lord Rodney in Colne. Local man and lifetime regular at the pub, Brian Sutcliffe has taken on the popular “watering hole”.

The “Rodders” as it is more locally known, had been a thriving, busy pub for many years. However, more recently its huge popularity has somewhat declined and Brian is eager to get the pub back to where it had been, 10 years ago.

He explained: “I have been coming here all my life, the pub is friendly and has a good reputation for real ale. The beer is something I am very passionate about and I intend to make the Lord Rodney, one of the very best real ale pubs in the area, once more.”

The pub will be run by another well known local face, Andy Gildea, who has been good mates with Brian, for many years. Andy really knows his beer and was eager to tell me about the wide choice of ales on offer.

He said: “Five ever changing real ales, hopefully a sixth soon. All our range will be mostly from smaller brewers and the many local microbreweries we have in our area.”

The two I tried were in great condition. Both from local micro-breweries.

You got a warm, friendly feeling about this pub. You felt it attracted a unique clientele, across a wide age range.

Andy said: “Oh, we get many walks of life through our doors.

“Musicians,amateur dramatics,bell ringers,local artists, walkers. As well as a great crowd of regulars.”

I am sure the pub will only grow more in popularity. It has two men at the helm, in Brian and Andy, who are passionate about serving the local community. A pub with a friendly clientele, providing a good range of cask conditioned beers.

Onwards and upwards no doubt, for the “Lord Rodders”.




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