I do hope there’s no unflattering pictures of your Pub Blogging Heroes on here. That would be terrible.
But Richard hasn’t given you a picture of the Premier Inn we both stayed at. A rare chain hotel snip at £29, possibly because the Doom Bar in the Harvester was off.
But more likely because no-one visits Rugby on a Friday night and stays half an hours walk from the centre.
The walk along the Oxford Canal isn’t as exciting as the Black Country offerings.
But walking north of town rather than long the dual carriageway and past the four McDonalds along the A426 gives you reminders of a simpler world,
when folk used to ride to work on supermarket trolleys.
There’s also plenty of reminders of Rugby’s great drinking heritage from the days when it was the cement making capital of the world.
Brownsover was a bit dull, but things picked up as I approached the station and a cohort of flag waving admirers greeting Pub Curmudgeon’s arrival from Stockport.
I got a bit distracted by The Wheeltapper,
possibly the setting for this classic bit of Tony Christie (almost a local lad).
I marked it down as one to do “if we got really drunk“.
Only five minutes late for the Official Start of the Beer and Pubs Forum Rugby Day Out, but I still got some abuse for being late in making up the quorum of six #PubMen&Women at the Seven Stars.
The first of half a dozen back street boozers in the Guide, and the first of half a dozen crackers on the day, I’d been to most of these pubs 15 years ago, and without exception they were all better than I remember.
The advantage of turning up last is that you
don’t buy the round get to ask what the beer’s like.
I ignored all their advice and started with the Everards Old Original, it being an Everards pub and it being very daft to start with a 5.2% pint. Less frothy than of late, but no worse for that (NBSS 3+). A good start.
But never mind that. It felt pubby, the arguments about Coach House had probably stated, the landlord was clearly a good ‘un.
“You’re my best friend” played, possibly for Mudgie.
“Could be worse. Could be Adele” said Mudgie.