Neil asked for a post on wonderful Walsall, and I’ve done my best using the archives.
But I haven’t been to the town itself since 2015, and my last new Beer Guide pub (the Fountain) was before that.
Some top pubs, Pleck kebab house, the posh curry house that Curry Charles took me too, and that giant football stand overlooking the M6. That’s Walsall.
These pubs in the GBG are pretty much immovable fixtures by now.
So some poetic license is needed as I raid the rest of the Borough for material, just as Walsall raided Staffordshire for those towns back when Paul Mudge was in short trousers.
An interesting borough, with the mining towns to the north providing the art to match the central Art Gallery.
Heading west, Bloxwich has that Proper Pub (the Turf) that’s a bit camera shy, and a flashy Spoons where the Greatest Showman was filmed. Or was it Peaky Blinders?
To the east, Aldridge looks a bit more 60s with its workmanlike shopping centre, but delivers the three “B”s in spades.
Baps cobs, butchers and brutalism.
I’m no micropub fan, but I loved the Turtle, writing:
“But pubs are about more than good beer and cobs. They’re about a non-ironic soundtrack that included the following;
“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”
“Never Gonna Give You Up”
“Eye Of The Tiger”
and “The Final Countdown”
As you head south into what I call the Black Country, just to annoy folk, we see more traditional pubs.
Willenhall has the marvellous Falcon next to the giant housing estates, but the Jolly Collier had the visit from The Scratchings Man.
But it was Darlaston, long saddled (no pun intended) with the title of “scruffy town next to the IKEA” that wowed me most with chitterlings, vinyl and bench seating at the Green Dragon (top).
The classiest Guide pub since the Stile.
There ya go. Five new Guide entries in 4 years in the Borough. All good, though they won’t match the faggots and pint of Pig at the Black Country Arms.
Add a repeat visit to the list marked “Things to do the day the lockdown ends”.