BLACK SHEEP ON THE IRON BRIDGE

 

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To the bridge !

First stop here for a decade, and it was good to see the Friday evening daytrippers out in decent numbers, drawn by free parking and Holdens Bitter.

Not quite the honeypot of Bewdley or Bilston, but there’s little better than a stroll over the Iron Bridge.

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And back again.

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That’s pretty much it, folks

Takes, ooh, five minutes, and then you can go for tea.

Swan

Some absolute sods had booked for the Thai place (we NEVER book, except for beer), so we had to try and find a pub that would feed us.

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Name shop has some good names for sale

The Brummies in the Coracle had recommended the Swan, but we never take advice, so we ended up there with me edging out two groups of ditherers to snatch the last table.

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Smoke on the Severn, fire on the barbecue

It might source its beers from Marston’s rather than be a Marston’s house, but it has that Midlands casual pub grub feel down to a tee.

And a complex one way system that defeated Mrs RM more than once.

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The arrows ! Follow the arrows !
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DO NOT SING MR BRIGHTSIDE

So much for a move to lighter dining (this was just before “beer gut gate“).

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Brisket and hot dog then
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Bang goes my 2,000 calories right there

I can’t particularly recommend the stodge, though when you’re hungry you’ll forgive a lack of finesse.

But I CAN recommend the Black Sheep (for BBB fans) and the Backyard Shedhead, for crafties like Mrs RM.

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A foamy NBSS 3.5
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A fizzy beer from Falkenberg, a suburb of Wolverhampton I think

It’s not the same outside a pub, is it ?

Pleasingly, the group outside were even more drunk than we were, which was quite an impressive achievement.

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Fun

The last thing Mrs RM wanted after that was a long walk up a steep hill, so that’s what we did next.

13 thoughts on “BLACK SHEEP ON THE IRON BRIDGE

    1. I’ve always preferred the All Nation at Madeley.
      Last time we were there Mrs TSM bought half a dozen of the pub’s free range eggs and half of them were double yolkers.

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      1. T’other Paul, being too lazy to look such things up at this time of the morning, I was wondering if the All Nations still brews its own beer?

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    2. Thanks very much, Eddie. I feel obliged to mention the plainer pubs as much as the ones in the Beer Guide, particularly when the owner and staff are working so hard.

      The food was plentiful, I’ll say that,

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  1. Beautiful photos.

    That tetley glass looks like a museum piece too – perhaps fitting though for a modern iconic Yorkshire beer.

    Glad it was a good one…and as Plusnet would say – you’re more Yorkshire than you think…;)

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  2. 2 years old…eh? That glass has had a hard life then or perhaps the missing bits of the graphics were part of the original ‘historic’ design…:)

    Should’ve asked a pub man…

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    1. I blame glassmaking machines.
      Bring back washing up bowls and tea towels.
      The “Pint” certification on t’other side will probably be missing making the glass illegal.

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