30th January 2020
A couple of days in lovely Wolverhampton to finish the West Midlands GBG. A quieter year for WM with less new micros, but I won’t gloat.
Tonight’s budget (well, £33) accommodation comes courtesy of Barons Court, which is a bit of a national treasure.
Still takes forever to get down to Stourbridge, though.
My new Guide pub is in the area known as “Batham’s country”, between the Unicorn and Royal Exchange.
“So why aren’t you showing us them then ?”. You know the answer to that.
Black Country Ale pubs would be treasured in 90% of the country.
Here they seem a bit ubiquitous now, despite being undeniably comfortable places to drink “interesting” (ugh) beer with like-minded folk (ugh).
And despite some great recent experiences (Jewellery Quarter, West Brom) you’re always worried you’ll get more handpumps than customers.
As it happened it was a bit quiet mid afternoon,
but the blokes at the bar were making fair inroads into the guest beers.
Always go for the last beer pulled, even if it is the Cherry Chocolate Porter (a traditional beer style in 1832, probs).
I took the posh seat by the window, found the local CAMRA magazine (I now have 38 different ones for Dave) and enjoyed a velvety marvel (NBSS 4).
And then the conversation at the bar turned to Vocation, and someone said “You should go the Hare & Hounds near Hebden”.
“Oh, I just have”.
I showed them my pics.
Five minutes later we’d found out more about each other than I know about my Dad, and agreed that Willesden is a “challenging” place.
Aren’t pubs great ?