Yes, I’ve been spring cleaning. And yes, this is an unreleased post from the retiredmartin vaults (quite a few drafts in there). But if Car Seat Headrest can revisit and improve stuff from 2011 then so can I.
This one is from the infamous Alcester trip from last Autumn.
Studley is a self-standing village on the edge of Redditch that seems to offer no more excitement than as the home of Freddie Starr,
Disappointingly, no hamster-themed beers at Weatheroak Tap House.
After last night’s debate on here, I had to have a conversation with my youngest son about the Facts of Life:-
“Small pubs come in two forms. Craft beer and bottle shops run by hipsters for the benefit of anyone with lots of money, and “micro pubs” run as a hobby by retired middle aged folk for middle-aged folk. And it’s probably shut.“.
I’m not quite sure where the Weatheroak fits in.
It’s definitely a brewery tap, but it’s straight from the Herne rulebook, and that’s reflected in the custom (says one of two middle-aged blokes who were visiting).
Not unpleasant, but the low stools and general “smallness” of the place don’t work for me. I prefer the traditional Midlands pubs nearby. Like this one.
The prices undercut even your keenest Wigan micro.
Everytime I read real ale is too cheap I think of places like this, or the Dove in Bury St Edmunds, knocking out decent beer at £2.70 a pint. And Redditch or Bury aren’t bargain basement drinking towns.
Anyway, here’s your classic Beer Guides, starting with my first one from ’94.
Followed by the legendary error-strewn ’99 edition, that famously only included pubs serving KP nuts and Carling. Roger Protz was flown in from St Albans to rescue the millennium edition.
Great fun can be had in a pub with a collection of old Beer Guides. And remember folk, if you see the 1975 edition lying about…