I’ve been brought to book by the blog police for shameless use of pub cat imagery as clickbait, which is spot on. Of course, I could just walk past the little kittens and resist the urge to snap them for you; think about that.
Let’s hope no-one complains about today’s headline image from the King’s Arms in Market Drayton. Quite why I took that I can’t explain; there must have been a Caffreys sign somewhere.
Following my success in Chorley, I would have liked to bring you a picture of the local products, but the gingerbread was sold out and Muller Corner is hardly unique to Drayton.
When a mate and I visited MD (as the kids from Wem call it) a year ago we somehow resisted the charms of this authentic looking boozer.
Though to be fair there was plenty of competition, and not just from the three Joules houses. If it had been in Tenbury we’d have been straight in there. So it was inevitable the one we missed would be the new entry in the Guide this year, and that it would have restricted opening hours.
Inevitably, and defying some savage looking roadworks at the entrance, it was open when it should have been shut. That’s what I like to see.
A rather classic looking interior revealed the foolishness of my walk-past a year ago.
A pub packed full of character and humour. Disappointingly, much of the humour seems to be directed against those good folk across the border…
On safer ground, some very high quality debate about “lunch” (“a light snack“), tea and brunch ( “wtf is that ?”).
Decent (NBSS 3) cool beer too, though 6X at only £2.60 a pint still not dragging the punters away from the lager (and why should it ?). The absence of the Top Totty promised by WhatPub is duly noted, replaced by Everards (boo !).
And then at 3.30pm in came the Carling drinkers, sparking (pun intended) some very high quality/immature banter from the tradesmen of the town.
Probably not a pub for the sensitive amongst you (Dick & Dave), but as unmissable in it’s way as the Red Lion.