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Submitted on Sunday, 24th April 2016
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Ian Mapp left this review about Blue Lias Inn
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Large canalside pub.
All a bit dark and oppressive in-side. Gorgeous day and the fire was blazing.
Outside is a huge patio area and the place to be on a nice afternoon.
Surprised at the choice of ales on - four on my visit. Went for a decent pint of TT Landlord.
Some photos at my walking blog - http://mappiman.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/230416-blue-lias.html
On 24th April 2016
- rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Blue Lias Inn
CAMRA compile an inventory of historic pub interiors and in some ways the Blue Lias should be on that list due to a classic 1970's makeover which hasn't been swept aside like so many other to be replaced by gastroisation.The interior is eccentric to say the least,with bricks set at crazy angles,each table having it's own alcove with lace covered windows,sloping eves and internal guttering !!.The locals gather around a small bar with keg taps close to the entrance through some french windows ,while the rest of the interior runs along the canalside offering boating views.The alcove effect means there are several different sections ,while the bar supporting the handpumps is in this rear section and is surrounded by the crazy brickwork.The most attractive exterior part of the pub is from the canalside,while if entering from the carpark ,you can see a large extension which houses a sizeable function room and is garishly lit in neon giving the impression of a cheap American motel.There is also a caravan park at the rear which may bring in a few punters.
Food is served from a very trad pub grub menu ,with all mains priced strangely at £9.25 while the muzak maintained the 70's theme.
The pub name comes from the local limestone clay used in production of cement ,in which brontosaurus fossils were found but was this a good enough reason to have a Brontosaurus on the pub sign ? Another quirky feature.
Of the six handpumps,5 were reversed (all national brands)on my Friday evening visit the only option being GK Abbott ,clear but an awful brew (£1.75 the half) but in many ways this just continues the 70's theme.
Outside is a substantial beer garden on the canalside with room for visiting boats to tie up.
It's a weird place,once a lot of pubs looked like this internally so if you can stomach a poor half of real ale,wander around and remember the days when you were wearing cheesecloth shirts and flares.
On 3rd April 2016
- rating: 6
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Ga Andrews left this review about Blue Lias Inn
Twice we past this great looking Pub, we would have liked to stop but there was no where to moor up as it is immediately after bridge 23 and the steps of Stockton locks, it was clearly a well loved pub by narrow boaters, (some being moored three a breast). It has a huge long garden with lots of sitting and a children’s play area. The only way seemed to visit is to walk the long way back from bridge 26.
It is highly recommended by a canal guide for having a wide choice or real ale and food.
The Blue Lias name comes from the local limestone in which fossils of gigantic reptiles have been found.
On 27th September 2010
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- Beer Garden : Yes last updated 27 September 2010 by Alan Hurdle
- Car Park : Yes last updated 27 September 2010 by Alan Hurdle
- Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 27 September 2010 by Alan Hurdle
- Function Room : Yes last updated 02 April 2016 by Bucking Fastard
- Hot Food : Yes last updated 27 September 2010 by Alan Hurdle
- Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 September 2010 by Alan Hurdle
Last inspected: January 9th 2017