THE slogan “Britain’s bread hangs by Lancashire’s thread” seems a distant memory in these days but a century ago, when the county was at the heart of the cotton industry, Leigh chipped in with 10 mills.

We still see reminders of that today, with magnificent Leigh Spinners building being a legacy of ‘the way we worked’.

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But do we also get a nod to that industrial heritage while nipping for a quick pint at The Bobbin micropub. Or is it simply, as the guides suggest, that it gets a name from the sewing shop near to its previous location?

What is not up for debate is the quality of this tidy little one-room boozer in terms of design, service, atmosphere and most importantly beer. For drinkers, the Bobbin is a little gem.

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It is often a tough act for pubs located a stone’s throw from a Wetherspoon - and as you make your way north up Leigh Road you will pass the pub chain’s Thomas Burke - named after the Lancashire Caruso. See, you get plenty of local history just through boozing - and even more through earwigging.

Keep going and you find the Bobbin micropub, which has been thriving here since moving into this one-time betting shop.

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It comprises a single open-plan room, but it is spacious - maybe fitting in about 10-12 tables with plenty of seating. The predominantly glass frontage gives it a bright, airy feel during the hours of daylight.

If you read the signs, some customers have a choice between the Naughty Corner or the Happy Place. I should be in the former but was definitely in the latter after an hour in here.

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The background music on this visit was classic 60s and 70s - loud enough to provide a good vibe, but not at intrusive levels, ensuring that conversation remained king.

“This is what I come for,” rejoiced one happy punter getting out of his seat as the Rolling Stones came on the speaker.

Music seems to be a feature here, with the place hosting regular acoustic sessions - check the pub’s Facebook page for details.

The walls and doors boast CAMRA awards dating back to 2017 and it has been a regular entrant in the last six of drinkers’ bible the Good Beer Guide since 2019.

And you can see why - there’s an ever changing range of decent cask ale, from light to dark - all in pristine condition and not too hard on the pocket.

Plenty of those were sourced from regional micro-breweries and they flag up what they have up on the bar on their Bobbin Facebook.

But this was a flying visit.

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And first up was a Cascade Pale from North Riding Brewery at a nice, citrussy, light, easy drinkable 4% and it went down a treat.

I tried to switch to a local one next - with a dabble on a weightier looking George Shaw Leigh Pale at 4.6% but alas, despite the several gallant pulls it was having none of it.

The barrel had just gone necessitating a quick switch to 4Ts Raging Bull brewed down the road in Warrington.

This is a triple-hopped session pale, at 3.9%. It has a smack of pink grapefruit, pine and citrus aromas - but I don’t think it counts as three of your five a day.

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It was back over the Pennines - in beer terms - with another light one next. This time a pale golden Beyond the Pale from Elland Brewery - a bit richer than the others and coming in at 4.2% on the pump clip.

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There was time for one for a very quick half for the road - and a switch to a dark one, with Hophurst’s Porteresque which was a weightier 5.5%.

Brewed up the road in Hindley, this rich stout was definitely one to savour - with a flavour that lingered on the palate without being too heavy.

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The beauty of places like the Bobbin is that they change them all regularly - and if cask isn’t your thing the board flags up Skuna craft lager and cider, real ciders, Birra Moretti and even Prosecco at £14 a bottle. Something for all tastes.

Well worth a visit - check out the opening days and times before you go.