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The Prospect Inn (Runcorn)

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Weston Road, Weston Village, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 4LD.Tel: 01928 561280

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      06.08.2009 08:27
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      A good place for company, food and a well kept ale.

      The Prospect is my local and it's a great little pub! Situated near the top of Runcorn hill in Halton Village it is about five minutes maximum by car from Runcorn Old Town. It has ample free parking at the back and a few rather precarious spaces at the front. It is called the Prospect because of the stunning views over the Mersey estuary to the Wirral and Liverpool and beyond! There is a neat little sheltered smoking area at the back of the pub where you can sit and take in the view. Or look at the cars in the car park if you feel like! One of the main things I like about the pub is the friendliness of the patrons and staff. I don't go in all that often but I was there last week with a friend and we were greeted politely, room was made for us at the bar to order, and we were included in the conversation. This courtesy goes a long way towards making me feel comfortable and at home. The beer in here is good and there is normally a choice of four or five real ales. Bar prices are reasonable, no fancy prices and no second mortgage needed when it's your turn to get the round in! There are two halves to the pub. Turn left when you enter the front door and you come into a large room where folk play darts and snooker, a traditional games room and bar. When we were there a darts match was on and it was entertaining to hear the cries of encouragement and groans of despair from the players and their friends. (Not to mention a few very funny insults about eyesight!) Men and women drink in there and there is none of that annoying "This is a man's bar, women keep out!" sort of mentality and feel to it. Again, if you go in you are greeted by nods and smiles. Turn right and you come into the welcoming 'posh' side! Comfortable seating, a nice open fire place and for me one of the most interesting collection of photo's I have seen on a pub's walls! The history of the village is laid out with photographs, well displayed, going back generations. I particularly like the ones of the church celebrations. Everyone in their Sunday Best getting ready to do the 19th and early 20th century version of having a good time! The photographs are evocative of times gone by but the friendliness of the place today echoes that, so all is not gone. The decor is traditional. Pale walls and dark ceilings, all in seemingly good and tidy repair. The dark wood furnishings are never dusty or sticky and are obviously well cleaned and cared for. Some of the soft furnishing is showing it's age but I think that is inevitable in any well frequented public place. It doesn't detract from the welcoming aspect of the pub. Toilets are at the back of the pub. I think they might be a bit awkward for wheelchair access but not impossible. The toilets are always spotless as is the rest of the pub. Meals are served at lunch time and the times we have eaten there we have enjoyed a good pub lunch. Nothing spectacular, don't go here if you want Nouvelle Cuisine, but do come here for a nice hot plateful of traditional British Pub Food, served piping hot and not breaking the bank! Their chips are wonderful, golden and crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside! They are also one of the few places I know that can serve a fried egg without murdering it! Look at the 'Special's Board' to see what the offer of the day is. The curries are good too! Monday evenings at the Prospect are given over to folk music. You need to be there fairly handy to get a good seat. Entrance is free and if you play or sing you will very likely be given space and time to do your stuff. The quality and range of the music is of a consistenly high standard. Entrance is free but their is a donations bucket which goes towards the cost of guest performers. Sticking a finger in your ear whilst singing is not mandatory! There always seems to be something going on at the Prospect, charity football matches, darts, quizzes. The whole place has a community minded feel to it which is getting harder to come across these days. It's great for me that the pub is at the top of a hill because it's so easy to walk home from! Walking home slightly merry is much easier when you have gravity on your side! I wouldn't want to do it I was any more than 'merry' because the road down is a bit precipitous on one side! You would certainly 'Roll Home' if you weren't careful! Overall this is a lovely old village pub. Keeping the best traditions of comfort and hospitality and welcoming to every age of drinker. You know a pub is doing something right when young people mix happily with the older generations!

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