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Talbot Head, Shawclough, Rochdale

22 Shawclough Road
OL12 6LG

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ROB Camra left this review about Talbot Head

Called in again last night to watch the football. The room to the left is now used as a restaurant during food service times. There are now 3 handpumps on the bar and last night they were Hobgoblin, Jennings Cumberland & Jennings Cocker Hoop, so not a very adventurous selection. The Cocker Hoop was a decent pint though. The mainly young clientele are still a bit rough and ready but it's improved a little since my last visit.

Known locally as “The Tobes” this pub has been here for as long as I can remember as I used to go to school just around the corner. Up until relatively recently it was a Burtonwood pub and only sold keg beers. Under new ownership it now sells the real stuff. There’s a large lounge to the left as you enter and a much smaller one just to the right. There's another large room to the right where there’s a pool table and a quiz machine. This room is used to show football whenever there’s a big match on. The lounges are nicely decorated and look much better then they have in the past. It can be a bit rough and ready as some of the locals can get a bit raucous at times. There are now two handpumps on the bar but only one was being used selling Brakspears Oxford Gold, it was pretty average and I certainly wouldn’t have wanted another one. I was also given a Mexican two peso coin in my change rather than a £2 piece as they look very similar, it could have been an “accident”. It’s still not great but it’s better than it has been in the recent past.

On 13th October 2012 - rating: 5
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