I was tempted to give the Plough the nod as a Top 100 pub, just for their barely concealed contempt for Charles’s repeated request for samplers. Try doing that in a Sam Smiths pub with Sir Humphrey standing there mate !
Instead, I’m using equally spurious logic to make the award to the King Charles II after my return visit there on Monday.
The KC2 had that rarest of things on Monday night- a cheerful school teacher. It’s also pubby, despite being gorgeous, and being open on Monday evening gets it a bonus point.
I have an uncertain relationship with Craddocks, whose Duke William is distinctly variable on beer quality. But this joint venture with Bridgnorth and Thirsty Brewers (not sure what happened to Sadler’s) seems to present their beers at their peak.
Your views on those pump clip bubbles from Bridgnorth would be welcome.
We had the King’s Escape and the one called “Hop something” that’s hidden behind that flapping menu. NBSS 3.5 for both of those on a Monday night.
Apart from beer quality, you might well wonder why we so highly rated a pub which flaunts history, has more beers on than I’d consider credible, and where folk flap their menus.
I’ve no idea. It just felt like a great place to sit, chat and drink beer. And it’s as gorgeous inside as out, a bit like a certain pub 25 miles south-west of here. What seemed to be a short menu of pies and puddings certainly helps this feel less restaurant than it might.
Charles may have sampler issues, but he’ll strike up a conversation with anyone. Our chatty young teacher friend from Shrewsbury was on the Robinsons Cider, which I’d last seen in Tenbury Wells, clearly a place of pilgrimage for this fan. I like the Robinsons styling, though it’s not an obvious choice.
We shared a pint of Flagon and a comparison of the Gay Meadow with it’s meccano replacement. The Flagon was great, cool but much less fizzy than it’s better known rivals. A shame the wonderful Vaults sells Thatchers, decent as that is.
Really unwise to drink it after ale though.