ON THE HOP IN NEWPORT, SALOP

 

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My last Staffordshire GBG tick came just outside Newport, Salop.  As is traditional, this is what a completed Staffs looks like, Mr BRAPA (I expect Pubmeister first completed it when it was still called Ye Middle Mercia).

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The last tick was the Red Lion in Sutton, another place name that pops up in multiple counties. Another pub, too, that wasn’t open when I made a special detour to visit on Friday lunchtime a while ago.  I phoned twice before this visit to make sure they weren’t closing especially for me this time. They sounded very nice.

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A bit like the pub, then.  Pleasant and tidy, but also unpretentious and beery, at least on a Sunday evening once the diners have gone.  Five points for naming the flowers.

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Still bearing the familiar Banks’s livery, but taking full advantage of free house status with this range (possibly);

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Local punching the air as news of Retired Martin’s arrival filters through

Most “proper” GBG followers would have gone for the Box, I’m told, so I went for the Banks. I resent it being renamed Amber, but it’s still a proper beer, nicely cool here (NBSS 3), and it’s what the other gentlefolk drink.

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The class extends to the Beryl Cook art in the Gents (top) though I confess I’d thought this entirely innocent until Matthew Lawrenson set me straight.

A minor award too, for the best placement of a Prosecco ad.

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Newport is an oddity, seemingly tied more to Telford than to the Black Country, and with a low-key beauty. Quite how it manages a Premier Inn, I don’t know; presumably folk travelling from Wolverhampton to Whitchurch need at least one overnight stay.

On a good day, it looks a little like Bridgnorth-on-the-cheap, with a top quality parish church and more black-and-white timber than in the whole of the Potteries.

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The pubs look solid rather than classic, and it’s a long time since the Shakespeare graced the Guide.

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A decade ago, Spoons might have been tempted to convert the magnificent old ballroom, but it still stands forlorn but lovely.

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Pub redemption for the town comes a few yards past the market place, but that’s a jewel for later.

 

 

 

 

 

13 thoughts on “ON THE HOP IN NEWPORT, SALOP

  1. By coincidence, I’ve been to the Red Lion at Sutton fairly recently. A nice, if unremarkable pub, but probably not at its best on Sunday lunchtime when it is overwhelmingly foody. Black Sheep, although good, was a rather eye-watering £3.64. I didn’t spot the picture in the gents.

    The only current GBG entry in Newport is the New Inn, a solid Joule’s pub in their usual style. I spotted a place called Ozzy’s Sports Bar near the church, although it’s not on WhatPub – I don’t know if that’s going to have a crafty makeover.

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  2. There seems to be some debate on Twitter as to whether the creature in the picture is a cat or a dog. I can see the muzzle is a bit dog-like, but then again it could be a Persian cat. And the ears and tail are more cat-like, as is the attitude of the foreleg, like a cat scooping food out of a bowl.

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    1. Well done Duncan, that’s equivalent of me finishing Dumfries ! Posted Manifold Contrasts on Nov 5, did that and Thorpe same day. Both very good in their way, Hartington always a little disappointing ! Early Grey a favourite.

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