Location: Friday Street, by the train station.
by bus/train: leave Chorley Train Station by the Manchester-bound platform, turn left. 30 seconds' walk
by road: from South:
Take the town centre bypass, and turn right at the second roundabout after the bus station. Take the first right into Friday Street, and the pub is on your left after 200 yards.
by road: from North:
Take the town centre bypass, and turn left at the roundabout after the gasometers. Take the first right into Fridey Street, and the pub is on your left after 200 yards.
Prices: Beer £1.80-£2.50, Pies around £1.50, unusual snacks around £1
The Malt 'n' Hops was converted from a shop about 15 years ago, but don't let that put you off. It looks as if it's been a pub for ever from both outside and inside. A single smallish room is divided up by steps. The decor is on the plush side - definitely not a polished wooden floors and ikea tables place.
The best reason to come to this pub is the beer. It is a rare Lancashire outpost for Congleton's Beartown Brewery, and usually carries two or three beers from that establishment, as well as three or four other real ales from around the country.
If you're feeling hungry, there is a selection of locally-made pies, including butter pies, a regional delicacy. Snacks including Bombay Mix are also available, again from a local producer, which makes a nice change from the usual diet of Walkers etc. I even got a free sample packet once. For anything more than that, there are a few takeaways on the other side of the railway.
The landlord is fairly new, and very enthusiastic and friendly. The pub is small enough to have a friendly atmosphere, and it is far enough from town (although only a five minute walk from the centre) to deter the white trainers crowd which frequent some of Chorley's less salubrious nightspots.
I stop into this pub about once a month, but would go a lot more often if I lived in Chorley.
Burnley now supposedly has Europes largest indoor bar. It is the Chicago Rock Cafe on Hammerton Street in burnley. I must admit that it is quite big, for the first three times I went I only managed to visit two of the room in there. on the fourth, I managed to find the DJ's room and dance floor. It really is a great night out! entrance fee is £1 after 9pm, but well worth it. They have lots of cheap drink offers and great music. It's open until 3am Friday and Saturdays. They also have live bands on each Wednesday night, and serve food too. The music is general 80's to current pop music. But if your more of a clubber, there is also The Works Nightclub upstairs. I think it cost about £5 to get in. It was quite good when I went but a bit too crowded for my liking. If your in Burnley, give it a try it's the best place in the town.