Another day, another old school Midlands boozer in the Beer Guide for my delectation. I really am encroaching on LifeAfterFootball territory now, and without prior written permission.
Listed under Chapel End, the Salutation turns out to be in suburban Nuneaton near the old mining village of Hartshill. It’s an uphill walk both ways, but the GBG taunts me with a promise of Draught Bass.
As so often (and because my time is tight) the photos tell you all you need to know about a boozer without pretensions.
I enter to the left, the handpumps are to the right.
It’s all true !
The Old Boys have no interest in the Bass or the weird homebrew. Or me, though I sense I’m interrupting their swearing contest. Plain blokes pubs like this don’t get in the Beer Guide anymore in places like Cardiff or Chester (or Stockport, to be honest).
Well, that was a hard choice.
A bit TOO creamy, if I’m honest, almost like the Worthington Bitter you get in clubs in West Wales. Somewhere between 2.5 and 3. Not all Bass has to be Great Bass, of course.
But no-one goes in the Salutation to rate the Bass. They go to listen to acoustic Americana competing with “All I Want For Christmas Is You“, Mariah winning, of course.
And they go to watch Chelsea and Arsenal playing European giants on Thursday nights.
They’ll never have the joy of a pint with lacings like mine.