Back to pubbing on the Friday, as two days were enough to “clear the West Midlands“.
After the Bennets and the Bow Bars, my first newbie doesn’t look all that, does it ?
The Old Dispensary looks better in the photo on WhatPub, which otherwise seems a bit keen to tell me just how many beers and gins and (especially) ciders it has.
It puts the micro in Langley, this year at least. Duncan, Si and I will expect to see it listed under Oldbury, Causeway Green and Sandwell in future years.
Not Langley’s first GBG entry; who could forget the Model, a Kraftwerk themed cocktail bar selling only cask-conditioned Becks ? I may have got that wrong.
Yes, I’m playing for time, as I try desperately to decide if the Old Dispensary is worth its own past given that;
a) I made no notes. Often a good sign.
b) There’s little to say about Langley, a suburb for normal Oldburians that lies the wrong side of the M5.
c) It’s a bit boxy and spartan.
BUT. It had a magical atmosphere, where the Landlady chatted to everyone without the Spanish inquisition. More community local than micro, with beers you’ve heard of and stuff that people actually drink, too.
I only sat at the high table with my superb Salopian (NBSS 3.5+) because I’m not keen on sitting at the bar. But I felt part of the pub. You either do or you don’t.
The outside area (for smokers, I guess) was cosier than most Kent micros.
If I find my notes they probably centre on the excellent range of books about elephants.
As with mobility scooters, enhanced access for wheelchairs and locals who all shout “See ya mate” when you leave, that’s what makes a Proper Pub, not Victorian windows.