DUDLEY & DUNCAN

 

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Another real ale-free” issue to confuse our American readers, but you’ll live.  And I needed to do Dudley justice with a clear head.

Actually, I had a bit of a sleepless night in the Station.  I was sure I heard wild animals at the window, and I seemed to be alone in the hotel.

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It could have been the Weight Watchers making that noise (I know you’re not allowed to call them that these days), but the explanation became apparent as I walked past one of Dudley’s many tourist attractions;

 

Dudley isn’t genteel, and the shopping has been decimated by Merry Hill, but it does still have some of the grandeur of a county town.

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You could be in Rome, except with £2 pints.

I’d walked most of Duncan Edwards Way the night before, but missed the wonderful statue in the market place.

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Flowers of Manchester

No idea about the gent below, but as he’s pointing to a book advertising “opening at three” I presume it’s Pubmeister checking GBG opening times.

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Nice hat

As usual, look up to see the very best of Dudley.

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The town redesign programme has some way to go though.

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Oh !

Of course, to get a real sense of a place you need to visit the local Spoons at 10am.

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Classic ’90s Spoons

Architecturally, one for the Spoons purist. The mid-90s Moon-themed name is a giveaway.

One of the quieter Tim emporia, I’m afraid. Which may explain why it’s no longer in the Guide. Carling needs plenty of turnover to be at its best.

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Where is everyone ?

Not sure why I’m showing you the pumps, since I was flat-whiting, but interesting to see the guests costing 16p more than in Scotland. That £2 a pint barrier must not be broken.

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Rare sighting of Nelson Brewery

But how was the Miner’s Benedict ?”  you ask.

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The greatest invention since the autovac

As good as ever.

I don’t know if I have warm blood, but everyone else in the Full Moon seemed to be wering a duffle coat despite the warmth.

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Black Country fashionista

Not a single pint of cask cold between 10:00 and 10:27.  It’s a tragedy, I tell ya.

8 thoughts on “DUDLEY & DUNCAN

  1. It’s not cold in Dudley so the duffle coats might have been a fashion statement.
    “Not a single pint of cask cold between 10:00 and 10:27am” – yes, waiting for someone else to order the first pint so that the Abbot might be drinking well by the time they buy one.

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      1. Paul often has his sleeves rolled up in the pictures I see of him.
        With a stern-jawed determined look that brooks no nonsense.
        A Staffs Bulldog of the beer world.
        I’m sure beneath the flinty exterior beats the heart of a kindly soul – especially on his third pint before lunchtime.

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      2. Paul is indeed a kindly soul. Though on the only occasion I’ve met him for breakfast he was getting mighty irritable that Manchester’s Lost Dene wasn’t open before 10.30am.

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