Admit it, you were expecting a blank post, weren’t you ?
But, as we approach the season of goodwill, and I resume my ticking in an actual Brunning & Price on Wednesday (if I’m not banned), here’s five things to celebrate about Cheshire’s premier “pubs for gentlefolk” chain.
- They’ll actually be open on 2 December in Tier 2 areas (sorry Worsley). Yes, just like Spoons you can be sure they’ll be no “Closed for staff party/owner at the dentist” type nonsense.
2. They are the bastion of traditional pub games.
3. They keep local gardeners in gainful employment in deprived towns like Formby.
4) They make retired gentlefolk comfortable about going back to pubs in a time of plague, keeping our pubs a home for debonair dressers (not me).
I took my Dad to the Cricketers in Sarratt on the way back from the posh gardens at Wisley. EVERYONE else looked like they’d just come from a garden centre too.
5. All of their pubs feature on the CAMRA National Inventory on account of their bench seating, as in Edgbaston.
Oh, and I guess they get us lazy GBG tickers to visit pretty places we’d normally avoid like the plague, such as Chobham,
6) Fans of my moans about TOO MANY HANDMPUMPS are always delighted when I reach a B & P.
Looking at my recent posts, there’s actually better banter than in a Greene King pub;
Lots of whispered conversations “Anyway, last week I met her Father”, “Her husband is loverly” “Does anyone own a purple BMW ?” etc etc.
It’s always fun looking back and realising you were wrong. I always reckon the B & P beer is a bit “meh”, but that was really only in the one on the Wirral. With Plum Porter a regular, the beer is rarely that bad.
As I said near Windsor in 2018;
- Brunning & Price have some of the highest customer service anywhere.
- They make a real effort to put local beer on, which is nice.
- If you like people who say “Excuse me” unnecessarily, you’re in for a treat.
- I hardly ever see anyone actually buy a pint while I’m there.
- They’re not pubs.