Beer on my travels – Morecambe

Morecambe a popular seaside resort in the mid 20th century, but now it’s more famous for its potted shrimps and the birthplace John Eric Bartholomew or known to millions as Eric Morecambe. A town that’s always looked to its near neighbour in Lancaster for a different variety of real ales. Well times are changing with two new micropubs opening, one in Morecambe itself  called Embargo craft bar and the other in the nearby village of Bare aptly named The Little Bare.

The first Micro pub we visited was Embargo bar which is situated on the front overlooking Morecambe Bay and the Lake district. Embargo bar was opened just before Easter 2019 and is run by Jamie Fawcett. Originally a cocktail bar Jamie and his business partner decided to give the place a lick of paint and use the skills they learnt in the industry to do  something that they always wanted to do.

On our visit there was 4 cask beers on which were Old Mill south paw golden, a golden ale at 3.6%, Butcombe stumps golden 3.6% another light slightly happy beer, Castle rock Black gold, a dark mild ale quite sweet at 3.8% and a beer that’s only available at Embargo called NJ wonder Edens Northern wonder ale a good 4.4% session bitter. Our choice of the day was the castle rock. Along with 4 casks Embargo has 7 keg beers with the ever popular Tiny rebel marshmallow porter being our favourite on the keg side.

Our next day was a trip to the nearby village of Bare which is roughly 2 miles from Morecambe to The Little Bare micropub. This is a family affair run by Val, Nick,Julie and Ruth McCann. They decided to have a crack at their own micropub after visiting The Curfew in Hexham and decided that Bare had a real community feel to it and this was a perfect place to open one. Originally a wine shop it took them 9 months to get it up and going.
On our visit there was 5 real ales along with a real cider, these were Barngates goodhews dry stout (a camra North west winner 2011), two beers from Roosters, Gridiron a red American amber beer 4.9% and Twentyfour seven an I.P.A  that was very happy,  Corless kuiper a pale American style ale at 4% and a local beer from Farm yard ales called morello cherry a slightly sour style beer at 4.4%. The Barngates and The roosters gridiron being the joint favourite’s that day. We also thought we would try the real cider, watergull orchard 6.9% which was definitely a nightcap.

Whilst chatting with the owner’s I mentioned that they inspired the guys from the Ashton Tap house in Ashton under Lyne to open, they said they will pay them a visit one day. Let’s hope the guys from The Ashton Tap inspire likewise individuals to open their own micropub in the future.


About Andy Cullen

Andy has been actively involved in CAMRA since the early 2000s after being recruited to sit on a National Younger Members Task Group. Since then he has held roles on the branch committee including Secretary, Membership Secretary, Magazine Editor, Chair and now Social Secretary. Andy has also been involved with the Steel City Beer & Cider Festival almost every year since becoming active in the branch.

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