On the home run in Staffs now, and still with one great pub to come (where great is a term loosely applied).
It’s not this one, though.
Yes, spot the GBG pub.
Sanctuary Ale House is the one with the smoker outside, of course. In the absence of signs with King’s Heads on them, or A-boards saying “man creche“, it’s actually tricky to spot a micropub. But I’m becoming an expert; hire me for £32.50 + VAT and I’ll point them out so you can avoid them.
Sanctuary Ale House – sounds like a specialist beer bar, doesn’t it ?
But the crowd, largely the bright young things of Hartshill (am not making this up), only had eyes for Flensburger and Gin (not same glass. Yet).
It’s so packed on a Sunday I have to stand at the bar, which makes me hate myself even more as I get in the way of folk stroking Stoke City shirts.
At least at the bar I can see up close the ultimate hipster bar feature.
I think the sliced bread might have been artisan, too.
Actually, the local Lymestone Stone the Crows was very decent (NBSS 3), so I can’t really complain about it just for being successful.
And how can you dislike a place that twins its loo ?