Tonight, dear readers, I’m staying in lovely Chesterfield at Flags Lodge. The recent GBG pub across the road is bustling, and offers Draught Bass and Hartington IPA. Somehow, I have resisted.
But a week ago I couldn’t resist the Hopwas Social Club, 2 miles walk from my Lichfield Premier Inn. Such is the life of a ticker.
A first ever trip to Hopwas, just catching the sun setting on the Coventry Canal.
For once, the promised Bass was actually on. Who in their right mind would have the Wye Valley ?
Clubs are making a comeback in the Guide this year, at least a dozen of the blighters.
On the one hand, it’s peak Carling bloke.
On the other, they all look the same.
And you’ll always take the last seat that means you’re in the way of blokes with pool cues.
And there’s always Watford on the telly, rather than Hull or Birmingham.
So how on earth does it get in the Beer Guide without any beers you haven’t heard of.
I guess decent beer at bargain prices ?
Oh, and free sausage rolls.
And a Wolves fan taunting a Villa fan about Tammy Abraham “Come to the Villa and we’ll give you free pies“.
And a baby shower next door that prompted a joke I can’t repeat.
Works for me.