Well, we got some nice photos, anyway. And a decent title. It’s a start.
I’ve always wondered why the Staffordshire Moorlands between Stoke, Uttoxeter and Ashbourne is so poorly represented in the Beer Guide, bar the Yew Tree of course.
There’s plenty of pubs, 5 in Alton alone, so I guess it all comes down to GBG branch allocations.
One thing for sure; Alton Towers itself is never getting in the Guide with perhaps the worst beer selection anywhere in the UK. Visit Copenhagen’s Bakken for a demonstration in how to run a bar at a theme park.
The village itself is a gem, a little Switzerland without the overpriced hot chocolate. Look at the OS contours;
Based on the state of my stomach after I rode on Oblivion last year, I’d have been better off sitting it out at the Alton Bridge, which looks a picture postcard of a pub.
And mysteriously, seems to have its own pub in the grounds.
Now, I can find nothing about the Talbot at all on the internet, so it’s over to you.
It looks more pubby than the Bridge, which is your archetypal “country pub and restaurant“. Or “Dining with rooms“, the sort of place that appears in “Staffordshire Life” rather than “Stoke Staggers” or whatever.
So early evening you get a handful of pashmina-wearing gentlefolk drinking coffee, and a lady looking for rope (don’t ask). Staff bustled around delivering lattes while I stood forlornly at the bar with a handful of change.
The Doom Bar looked tempting, but I guessed the Wincle Rambler (the beer, not the person) might have been pulled more recently. That’s the advantage of being able to peer over the bar at the drip tray.
As you’ll see, not a pub for the trad pub fan, as I made do with a corner of a lone table set for dining. Not a great Wincle either (NBSS 1.5), but however sour I wouldn’t have taken it back.
But interesting loos (stop now, Russ).
And some tat beloved of the country house hotel. Who remembers chicory ? Who remembers chicory with affection ?