Where is Stechford ? A mile east of famed boxing Brum boxing arena St. Andrews, apparently. And just below Ward End, home of the Midland’s most idiosyncratic Spoons.
And what’s happened to the “t” in Stetchford ? After all, there’s a “t” in snitch (top). I blame the Villa.
Stechford is the nearest station to the Beer Guide newbie, the Sheldon & Marlborough Cricket Club. Which is listed under Yardley in the GBG. Confused ?
I’ve brought together the highlights from suburban Stechford/Sheldon/Yardley on my 20 minute stroll.
I particularly like the town map which shows all the trees.
And the lion welcoming me with the Sheffield Wednesday club badge.
As always, the keg boozer that BeerMat has probably been to was to look more exciting than the actual Guide pub.
Instead, I get the Cricket Club.
The highlight here, and Duncan and Simon will be nodding, is getting into the damn thing.
It looked closed. I saw a light. I rang the bell. Nothing. Just as I was turning to go, the door opened.
“You got to press and hold at the same time* !!” Yeah, like I’m supposed to know that.
Theoretically only open an hour, the bar was lined with the products of our finest brewers.
One beer (hurrah !) something micro and local (not M&B Mild); Russ will recognise the weird pumpclip. How folk put NBSS scores on WhatPub when they can’t see the clip, I’ve no idea.
A very good pint enjoyed in front of the Premiership analysis expertly provided by Joleon “he’s top of the League” Lescott.
The other punters were a dad and his lad, and the room layout hardly promotes banter, not that I was at my most sociable best.
I think I may have mucked up the process of getting out as well. Do clubs really want nerdy CAMRA members coming for a quick pint and sneaking out ?. Don’t answer that.
*Isn’t that a line from World In Motion ?