WHEN I DREAM, I DREAM ABOUT TAMWORTH MICROPUBS

Yes, when in Tamworth, it is obligatory to reference Julian Cope, whose views on micro pubs are eagerly anticipated.

Last time here I celebrated the joys of the parish church in an Emergency Guide to Tamworth that is still handed out to all UK visitors on arrival at Dover. This time I bring the alternate glories of the award winning TIC,

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A tourist attraction in its own right. Sells postcards.

and the perfect symmetry of the row of tower blocks on the way back into town from the west.

Best in the country
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Julian Cope c. 1984

Oh, and some castle I’ve STILL never been in (you have to pay to see old stuff).

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Distinctive, no ?

I saved my pennies for the Tamworth Tap, which almost makes up internally for its dull outward face.

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Upstairs gin tasting rooms

Oak beams, upstairs gin rooms, views in the garden to the castle. It’s a classy set-up and folk have clearly dressed up on a Sunday afternoon to come out and drink bottles of Peroni with a lime in them.

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Jump very high and you can see the castle

There’s two sorts of small pub; the one run by middle-aged blokes for middle-aged blokes sitting round the wall drinking pale beers from the barrel.

And the wave of proper bars like the Tollgate Tap in Ashby and this one, that welcome all and want you to have your birthday here with a gin tasting session. I know which one Mrs RM prefers.

Safe choices

If it sells its homebrew here I didn’t see it, possibly just as well when it would be competing with beers you’ve heard of.

Superfluous vials No. 8756

Stuck in the middle with you” and “Last train to Clarksvillethe entertainment on a civilised Sunday with notably more folk about than in, say, Newbury or Ely.

Something happening here

Folk with pashminas came in, saw me taking a table for four with my pleasing half, and glowered at me.

Let me tell you, the upstairs is the place to escape folk.

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But I’m afraid to say I never went on George’s whopper.

26 thoughts on “WHEN I DREAM, I DREAM ABOUT TAMWORTH MICROPUBS

  1. “There’s two sorts of small pub; the one run by middle-aged blokes for middle-aged blokes sitting round the wall drinking pale beers from the barrel”.

    Always feel comfortable in such establishments – even better if I am the only middle-aged bloke present !

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  2. That photo of the interior shows they’ve made an effort to give the place some character; looks like a pleasant place to pass some time.

    I chuckled at this: “still handed out to all UK visitors on arrival at Dover” –Pleased that I at least once arrived in England by way of Dover, back in 1986; there’s nothing quite like seeing those white cliffs in the distance as you sail across the channel. I expect comparatively few people have this experience these days.

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      1. I read in the M.E.N. that there are plans to reopen the pub business of the Mark Addy, though it may take some time.

        I’d have thought that a fair bit of civil engineering would be needed to make it insurable – flood wall etc.

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    1. Fred,
      There’s a lot changed since 1979.
      I got round nine Lichfield pubs in October and it’s neither the best nor worst of towns.
      The Horse and Jockey is the best free house and George and Dragon the best proper Banks’s pub with the Earl of Lichfield also good.
      Of the newer establishments ;
      Bitter Suite, round the corner from City station, has table service and is quite good.
      Beerholm is upmarket for a micropub and popular.
      The Whippet, next door, is a basic micropub.
      55 Wade Street isn’t worth bothering with.
      Also a former Wetherspoons is a typical Brewhouse and Kitchen and ‘Joules’ have done what they always do to pubs to the Duke of York.
      So it’s okay for a day out but nothing really to write home about.
      Some would say you’d be better off in Stafford.

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  3. “Upstairs gin tasting rooms”

    Free gin on every table?

    “I know which one Mrs RM prefers.”

    The one with high octane, murky beers that come in nothing smaller than a pint glass?

    “Something happening here”

    Was that the third song after the other two? 😉

    “Folk with pashminas came in, saw me taking a table for four with my pleasing half, and glowered at me.”

    Is it rude to sit at a (longish) table in a micro or pub that’s already occupied?

    “But I’m afraid to say I never went on George’s whopper.”

    Thanks for that. Saves me from asking. 🙂

    Cheers

    And with that, I’m caught up!

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      1. For what it’s worth (just a personal observation) but there are four micros I’ve been to in my ‘area’* over the past couple of years that have longish tables and it was implied that you could sit wherever you wished, even if others were already occupying it.

        * – (i.e. within about 100 miles from me, and one of those requires a 90 minute ferry ride)

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  4. It must be said that some of these new-generation bars are smart, well-thought-out operations with a wide appeal across different ages and types of drinkers. And others aren’t…

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    1. Ooh, controversial ! See what you mean, though. I saw Cambridge play at Tamworth when they were on their little Histon/Farsley/Alfreton five minutes of glory; The Lamb was an “interesting” ground with more people watching the game from nearby flats than paying !

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