A confession. I left my house for a second time last night, to stand in the drive and admire the moon.
I’ll ask for it be considered along with my other lockdown offences, such as adding a bar of non-essential Cadbury Dairy Milk to the shopping.
Back to the composite highlights posts, and the centre of the lucrative German owned UK yoghurt industry.
4 years ago my parents had seen more of Market Drayton than I had, but a burst of pubby activity by those Joules folk have MD firmly on the beer and curry circuit.
Apart from booze, Balti and (gingerbread) biscuits, there’s not a ton of stuff to occupy you for more than a night. But, hey, Stafford isn’t far.
A gentle Olde Worlde calm prevails, a bit like Sudbury without the Stour but with the Star Wars.
Seven (7) pubs have graced the Guide in short order, starting with the rather immaculate Sandbrook Vaults.
A classy place with luscious lacings and the best Pale I’ve had.
Next door the Clive & Coffyne (aka Tudor Bar) looked on its last legs in 2016, but who can deny the fighting qualities of a pub with handwritten pump clips?
Next stop for Curry Charles and I was the Red Lion, the Joules Tap.
A classy place, with middle class drinkers to the fore, but I can see why Stafford Paul doesn’t warm to Joules as much as I do.
He’d love the Salopian Star, the scruffy jewel amongst the Joules.
4 years ago I wrote,
“Three people were engaged in unintelligible debate to the accompaniment of “American Pie“. A lone beer was fine, but this is proof that you don’t need real ales to make a fantastic pub.
I tried to think of a similar place, and could only think of a few places in Presteigne and Knighton; it’s a pub on the border.”
A year later I was back for another scruffy gem in the Kings Arms.
“Some very high quality debate about “lunch” (“a light snack“), tea and brunch ( “wtf is that ?”).
And then at 3.30pm in came the Carling drinkers, sparking (pun intended) some very high quality/immature banter from the tradesmen of the town.”
A bit of a gap till the next newbie in GBG20, and then the William Chester gives us bay windows, Bass mirror, bench seating AND BBB. A potent combination.
And as if all that and a top dhansak in the Oruna isn’t enough, there’s a Spoons but NO micropub.
Add it to your list, Dick and Dave. And if you see the cat, let us know.
Oh, here’s dissenting views from one bloke.