When sampling the local pubs around Lancaster with the Real Ale and Cider Society (which I would recommend readers to join), I have been quite impressed with many of the establishments. But all changed when I went to The Borough because that REALLY impressed me.
The moment I stepped into The Borough, I couldn’t believe it was somewhere to go for a pint, it was a much smarter venue than anywhere I’ve ever previously been. There was a traditional feel to the place which had those old fashioned, buttoned burgundy chairs, old prints and photographs covering the walls and really nice Christmas decorations. There was a real tree in each of the bay windows, which gave the place really warm and cosy feel.
The atmosphere was great, especially as the Graduate College happened to be having their Winter Ball there when we arrived and they seemed to be enjoying every minute of it. It was an ideal location on a cold, wet windy December night, when the main thing on your mind was to go home after a long term at University.
When approaching the bar, I was amazed to find that The Borough did their own range of real ale brewed on site, because very few pubs that I have visited did that. The barmen were really friendly and enthusiastic about the ales they sold, which added to the welcoming feel of the place. One of the ales I had was called Crystal and was one of the nicest I’ve had to date – which is all the more surprising when I’m not normally a fan of lighter ales. To top it off I had £1 off my pint because I had my CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) membership card with me.
Unfortunately I didn’t sample the delights of their food menu at that time, but I have heard that they serve excellent food. Their menu includes fillet steak, calamari and spicy chicken ribs for mains and they also do a range of puddings which are not listed on the menu. They do a great deal of “three courses for £22”, which includes a glass of fizz – this would easily save you a couple of pounds per head. This is also perfect for those on a student budget and perhaps would be an idea for somewhere to eat on Valentine’s Day.
It was one of the social highlights of my first term at University and I would really recommend The Borough for any occasion from a wedding reception to a family gathering and even just for a quick evening pint. It was named 2014 Luneside CAMRA Quality Pub of the Year, which doesn’t surprise me at all. I highly recommend real Ale lovers get down there and savour every moment!
The Borough is really accessible being on Dalton Square, it’s no more than five minutes from the bus station or one of the other bus stops. The return there and back to the University is usually around £2.50 so it’s no hassle getting home at the end of the night. I highly recommend it to everyone.
By Harry Fenton
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