Postal Order                                                              Black Bull Inn                                                          Feildens Arms      


Not having been to Blackburn for a while, I’m having to rely on memory, advice from others and from CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide and the internet, and, frankly, despite Blackburn being the home of Thwaites Brewery, there isn’t much choice for drinking real ales when you’re visiting.  So expect wherever you go to be busy on match days!


There is a Weatherspoons, as you would expect, the Postal Order, 15-19, Darwen Street, BB2 2BH (01254 676400), which is close by the cathedral.  Regular ales are added to by beers from Thwaites and Moorhouse’s, and from the local micros, Hopstar and Three Bs Brewery.  As I will always say, you get what you expect in a ‘spoons’, and this one does feature in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide, though not much else does in Blackburn centre.  


2 Thwaites pubs have recommendations in the usual football media, the Golden Cup, 610 Blackburn Road, BB3 0AJ (01254 775636) and, close to Mill Hill railway station, the Navigation, 2 Canal Street, BB2 4DL (01254 53230).


If you want something a bit different, you need to travel (by cab?) a couple of miles south to Feniscowles for ales direct from Three Bs Brewery at their pub, the Black Bull Inn, Brokenstone Road, BB3 0LL (01254 581381).  Here, you can enjoy 5 inhouse ales, including Black Bull Bitter, which is sold exclusively here, plus a regularly changing guest ale.


Also, from the Good Beer Guide, is another freehouse, the Feildens Arms, 673 Preston Old Road, BB2 5ER (01254 200988).  The Feildens has 6 handpumps, including Black Sheep Best Bitter and Flowers IPA as regular ales, and guest beers that usually include a mild and often ales from the local Moorhouse’s and Three Bs breweries.