In a couple of weeks I’ll be joining a few folk from the Beer and Pubs Forum in Wolverhampton in a plot to blow up craft breweries.
I had a plan to combine that trip with a visit to one of my last Staffs GBG ticks in nearby Codsall.
But common sense came late; I was never going to do a two hour walk through Wolves suburbs (even the nice ones) after four pints and an argument with a tree in the Combermere Arms.
And it’s only two minutes from the station, so no excuse not to do it on a sunny Wednesday. I should have done the Crown when I did the Bull in November 2016, as any fool knows that Joules pubs get in the Guide after an appropriate probationary period.
WhatPub says “grand“, and that’s fair. It’s certainly cut from the same cloth as the Joules tap, but that has the custom that Codsall seems to lack, certainly at lunchtime. Not that the Bull was struggling for Old Boys, even if they were all on the Carling.
There were just a couple of other folk in there, one of them seeming to be there for the free WiFi rather than the Slumbering Monk.
It’s a treat for fans of brown.
It reminds me a bit of Sam Smiths extravagant restoration in Gloucester‘; gorgeous but not really “lived-in” yet. Give it a few years.
Worth a quid or two just to look round; Dick and Dave would love it. And the Pale was cool and tasty too (NBSS 3+), though I suspect it would be even better with less choice and more punters.
I’d love to see them get a site in central Wolves; it may be pushing my luck to expect them to do that before April 4th.