Phew. Five glasses. No-one lost yet on our Shifnal Day Out. Not much sign of Kentish Paul in the photos though; he must have paid the blackmail money.
Two to go, starting with one for traditional pub name fans.
Jaspers is upmarket (by Shifnal standards) but not unpleasantly so. They can use that strapline if they want.
We’d reached 5pm by now, the witching hour, and Jaspers had clearly cornered the youth market.
Until we arrived.
I believe there was a major international incident at the bar as “Bitter means Golden Glow” had become the new “Bitter means John Smiths Smooth“.
I was fading by now. They could have been playing the Scotland 1974 World Cup song and I’d have missed it.
But I did notice just how gorgeous Holden’s Bitter looks;
And tastes. Holden’s was the star of the day, along with Kentish Paul’s singing.
I went ahead to the Od, my room for the night and our last Shifnal pub.
Five minutes later I had vital news for Mudgie.
By the time they arrived it was “Come On Eileen“.
The Od(fellows) was more cocktail lounge than pub. but still had that standard Staffs/Salop/Black Country (don’t fuss) line-up.
Stirchley Pete finished on a pint, and was presented with his official Casketeer cap in front of an adoring audience.
And that was it.
I booked in to my luxurious room (no breakfast, no toiletries, 8 sheets of toilet paper), the rest walked the hill to Shifnal station and more Holden’s at the Great Western.
Three coffees later, I hit the town and peered in the three other cask outlets. Purely in the interests of research, you understand. Doom Bar in the Bell, Doom Bar in the ivy coloured Park House,
and Wye Valley HPA in the Frog, where I finished with a half while the Wishing Star made my tea (an excellent Sweet and Sour Pork and Singapore rice).
It looks like the Young People’s venue (the ones scared off by Pink at 120db) with its unique Black Country tapas menu “Sparkle”.
£3 a pint, NBSS 3 pale beer, Toni Basil “Micky” and Tight Fit “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”, giant dancefloor, Christmas decorations.
That should bring the kids in.