Into Warwickshire, always a joy (no, really) and a long-awaited return to That Nuneaton,
Back in 2016 it produced a memorable night of top quality beer and curry, but craft hasn’t quite taken hold as I predicted and the Longshoot Hotel hardly enticed me back.
The BSIH is apparently open from 10:00 to 01:00, which is longer than the entire annual opening hours for a certain GBG entry in St Helens, so I’ve time for culture.
There’s history in Nuneaton; Larry Grayson lived here for goodness sake. But there’s also some brutalism of the highest order.
Today’s video was going to be of “meat pack man” but I deleted it, but you’ll get the idea.
The BSIH is an odd mix of modernism and 60s social club.
Formerly called Bilberries, which is how Bing Maps still regard it,
I can confidently predict this will be the BRAPA Pub of October 2037.
Amber Taverns run what I call value pubs in [roper places like Worksop and St Helens. They’d undercut Spoons in many towns, though Craft Union may have something to ay about that.
Packed at noon on Friday, and not a chip in sight, which always improves NBSS scores by 0.1 or so.
The Doom Bar was off so I had to make do with a Marston’s Christmas beer.
Darn, I forgot to use my vouchers (because I haven’t got them yet).
So I had to pay a whopping £1.10 for a decent (NBSS 3) half of something that tasted close enough to Pedigree to convince me it was. I trust Marston’s will be complaining to CAMRA about the cheapening of cask.
It was worth £1.10 just to soak in the atmosphere of blokey pub.
But you also get cutting edge music like “Bumpy Dance” and whatever this is;
Stuff your Christmas music, give us dance and cheap booze.
YET another reason to include Nuneaton on your CAMRA bus trip in 2020, particularly if you live in Dundee.