The Ashton Arms, Chadderton
Every town has a real ale destination pub and for the hopheads of Oldham they have The Ashton Arms. It is, in truth, a weird place, but not without its charms. So firstly you can expect a good selection of real ale, many from small and local breweries. Not the sparklers on the pumps, which give the artificially frothy head so beloved in the North. Decor-wise it's a bit of a mess. Many an era is featured here, from 1970s chairs in desperate need of reupholstery, to a 1990s style front-room sofa plonked close to the bar. Boxes littered the corners and the impressive old fireplace was in need of some TLC. The clientele were predominantly male and over 40, while they ranged in temperament from lone CAMRA members supping numerous half-pints, to grouchy curmudgeons propped up at the bar. Oldham doesn't have much choice in the way of quality pub, but at least in the Ashton you can be assured of a decent pint which can be enjoyed in relative peace.
26-30 Clegg Street, Chadderton, Chadderton, Lancashire, OL1 1PL
0161 785 8126
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