SIX GOOD THINGS ABOUT BRUNNING & PRICE

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.

  1. 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;

  1. Brunning & Price have some of the highest customer service anywhere.
  2. They make a real effort to put local beer on, which is nice.
  3. If you like people who say “Excuse me” unnecessarily, you’re in for a treat.
  4. I hardly ever see anyone actually buy a pint while I’m there.
  5. They’re not pubs.

10 thoughts on “SIX GOOD THINGS ABOUT BRUNNING & PRICE

  1. When you say “they’re not pubs “, I agree that since the Restaurant Group takeover they have become more food
    oriented, but in the original North West B&P pubs, (several of which I know reasonably well, and one of which is my local) they still retain something of a pub feel and don’t make drinkers unwelcome.
    The main factor mitigating against a real pub atmosphere is the aggressive pricing, which hardly encourages the volume drinker. I’ve seldom had any beer quality issues.
    I’ve only had limited experience of the Southern B&Ps but they feel like a different animal altogether, I suspect partly due to the fitout and operating plan, and partly due to the customer profile.

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    1. Yes, I remember B&P from their early days as an independent, and indeed Cheshire-based, company, when their pubs did have more individuality and pubbiness. Now they have been rolled out nationwide it seems much more formulaic. I don’t think I’ve been in one for years, tbh.

      I first encountered them at the Grosvenor Arms at Aldford, Cheshire in about 1995, on a trip to do a pub write-up for “Opening Times”. I remember being quite impressed – I still have the article saved somewhere. However, it was obvious it was a destination pub for people to travel out from Chester. At one point, everything went quiet, as it sometimes does, and a young lady was heard to utter the word “Chardonnay!” (this was before it was naff).

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      1. The Dysart Arms in Bunbury was quite small and pubby, but spoilt by irritating dogs. Stanley Johnson was trying to enjoy a quiet drink and read and I felt sorry for him.

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      2. The Dysart Arms has been greatly extended at the back, but it’s in a lovely setting opposite the church, and back in the day it used to be a little basic Bass pub (albeit of the keg Brew Ten variety).

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  2. “Admit it, you were expecting a blank post, weren’t you ?”

    Or, something along the lines “at least there’s not more of them!” 🙂

    “They are the bastion of traditional pub games.”

    Looks like checkmate in 3. 🙂

    “They keep local gardeners in gainful employment in deprived towns like Formby.”

    Good thing my better half hasn’t seen that!

    “keeping our pubs a home for debonair dressers (not me).”

    Shouldn’t he be using some sort of sock suspenders* to be truly debonair?

    * – or sock garters (swoon)

    “All of their pubs feature on the CAMRA National Inventory on account of their bench seating, as in Edgbaston.”

    (slow golf clap)

    And I very much doubt my backyard man shed/pub will look anything like that!

    “Fans of my moans about TOO MANY HANDMPUMPS are always delighted when I reach a B & P.”

    Who cares how many, as long as they have that third one from the right on. 🙂

    ““Does anyone own a purple BMW ?””

    I’m having flashbacks to Si’s ‘aubergine surprise’ in his post from Saturday. 🙂

    “If you like people who say “Excuse me” unnecessarily, you’re in for a treat.”

    That’s pretty much standard in Canada. Well, that and ‘sorry’.* 🙂

    * – it goes without saying that ‘eh’ tops them all.

    Cheers!

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