Only fair, after bigging up Bathams, to hold up Holdens as an example of a consistently good brewery and pub operator.
OK, they are to Bathams what Sam Smiths are to, ooh, Ossett. Their pubs a bit less beery, their flagship brew rather less renowned.
But they actually OWN two of the finest pubs in the country. Certainly two of the best pubs next to a station.
Yes, I know most folk really visit the Great Western for the Bathams and the pork baps. But I’m not “most folk” and always go for the Special.
The codgers started their Big Day Out in Shifnall here a year ago. Some of us could have stayed here all day.
A large part of the appeal of Holdens rests on that presentation.
Look at this one from that Shifnal trip at Jasper’s.
The Golden Glow, like Banks’s Mild, looks great in aerial shots.
I believe there was a major international incident at the bar here as “Bitter means Golden Glow” had become the new “Bitter means John Smiths Smooth“.
Unlike Bathams, you can expect Golden Glow to pop up in at least half a dozen new Guide entries this year. It’s rarely the best beer on the bar, but often the safest bet.
Last year on my Dudley dawdle it proved the beer of the month.
The Chapel House had young people, live Jam covers and a rare and blissful sense of community on a Sunday night.
I’ve even seen Holdens pop up regularly in micropubs, as micros become more like community pubs and less like beer exhibitions run by blokes for their mates.
George & Dragon, Gnosall was a good example.
Sadly the Watneys was off, but the
baps rolls cobs were a winner.
“That looks a bit end of the barrel” said the Landlord “D’you want me to change it ?”
That’s how you do it.