Reader “Dave” asks if all these highlights posts are for recommended places.
Of course they are, Dave. Except this one.
The GBG suggests the local CAMRAs aren’t convinced, but as we all know they hate Fun. And Proper Beer.
In fact, spend a day enjoying the glorious east Brum,
and you’ll be convinced they only drink these (and Purity).
The Heritage Walk waymarkers are themselves heritage.
Formerly a Blues stronghold, allegiances have long changed.
Solihull has a similar population and level of affluence to Cambridge, and like my own town has seen a Craft beer revolution of late;
You wouldn’t guess it’s the most affluent part of the West Midlands from the brutalist centre,
but the indoor shopping centre is the smartest I’ve been to in the UK. And I’ve been to Wigan.
Rumours of a new Joules pubs had raised false hopes for a pre-emptive tick.
Zero GBG entries when I visited, just an edge of town Ember on the App.
But “Respected” chain pubs there were many. Spoons, O’Neill’s, Walkabout, Yates, Hogshead/Stonegate, Slug & Lettuce – a full house. The places offering a Josper grill and Purity to smartly dressed folk with John Lewis bags.
I recommend wrapchic for your lunch though.
For beer, and I can’t believe I’m writing this, you can’t beat the evil Embers.
A mile north the Olton Tavern (top) has that 4pm buzz you normally get in South-east London. 4pm in a busy suburban pub really can be the Golden Hour. Few diners, tradesmen, Professional Drinkers, mums and toddlers. Pub life.
Proper beer ranges, too.
And Solihull does the micropub better than most.
In Olton the Pup & Duckling was a cracker.
Of course, I don’t go in pubs for beer. I only had to wait 5 minutes for the arrival of the two Brum pub regulars, dog walking couple and Hi-Vis jacket man. They all said “Hi“
“Oh, it’s gotta be that Cootch, hasn’t it“
While I contemplated my Cwtch, the big dog licked his doggie biscuits off the table in front of me. I guess it could have been worse.
“But where’s the posh Solihull ?” you ask.
That’ll be Knowle, then.
Even the micropub in Knowle leads with Holden’s. You can tell it’s posh; they get the apostrophe in the right place.