SHISHA

More “Guess the Pub” fun for your Saturday, as I bring you another of the brilliant “360 degrees pub tours on Google Maps”.

Admit it, if I hadn’t told you this was a Shisha lounge you’d have guessed it was communal bench seating from the Black Country, wouldn’t you ?

Here’s the first clue to our location.

and here’s a second.

This pub has never knowingly graced the GBG, in fact the only time I’ve been to this suburb of a suburb was to visit a dull boozer where the Pride was drinking well.

Our mystery pub has a beer range to match any in Magaluf, AND a charity box on the bar rather than the wall.

You’d expect to see Pride, or Courage Best, on the pump(s), but the last lucky chap to come here for Pubs Galore (not Will) found a decent Spitfire.

Not a classic, but in some ways the archetypal keg community pub, the sort you’d find in Wigan or Grimsby or even north Sheffield, where I saw a shisha takeover recently.

I’m sure our old codgers club would pop in here for a pint of Fosters and a puff on the pipe (not a euphemism, Russ); perhaps Pete Allen already has ?

Wiki has nothing much to say about the home of our mystery pub, though it is barely half a mile from another of Isambard’s most famous works. That Brunel got everywhere, didn’t he ?

Oh, and mind out for the wolf across the road.

32 thoughts on “SHISHA

    1. It’s curious, Paul.

      The goalie is Neville Southall.

      In Southall, London, there’s a TV repairer called Jim Will Fix It, and some kind of lounge – “Lavish Lounge”, opposite which is a green space called Wolf Field, but the Google pics are three years old and the place is empty – I can’t find anything else and maybe it’s just coincidence.

      The Grand Union canal is nearby, but wasn’t that Bridgewater?

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      1. You did better at the Plough than Rex, the Pubs Galore member who reviewed it in 2010 when there was no real ale – he’s a very nice chap, and the first one of that crowd that I met in real life. https://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/69913/. “They don’t sell any real ale. I can’t see any reason to return.” If only he’d known that you were going to turn up sometime within the next ten years or so, I’m sure he’d have come back.

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      2. Ah, yes. That Plough is certainly nearer than the one I found. (I hope my friend Rex wasn’t waiting there for very long.) 🙂

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      3. Nah, I don’t believe it!

        The website interior shots of the Plough at Norwood Green (as cited by Etu), a Fullers GBG pub in my day, a mile from where I was born, bear no resemblance to the photos you show, or my recollection of it as a low-beamed ‘Olde Worlde’ pub opposite the church. The bar pic shows 5 handpumps in a drastically different room.

        Have I misunderstood and really you are saying this is the Lamb – which is plausible, it was a bit of a dump next to the canal; its only appeal was that it often served beyond 11 pm (despite being almost opposite the local police station!), or Wolf across the road – long gone AFAIK? Or have Fullers seriously ripped the heart out of the pub and the website is years out of date?

        The Wharncliffe viaduct is pushing a couple of miles away, too, opposite Ealing Hospital – location of my first job.

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      4. Yes, the Lamb is the venue in Martin’s piece Clive.

        I got very close, but couldn’t find it precisely because it’s closed now – partially demolished in fact – and didn’t show up as a business on Google maps. However, the interior views are still there if you look on street view once you know where the pub building is.

        It’s a pity – it looked like a passable enough social venue – hope it has a future as such.

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    2. Ah-HA!

      That’s a relief, thanks Etu.

      It used to make a reasonable little pub crawl: start with a couple of decent pints of Pride in the Plough, another couple of Courage BB in the Wolf, then finish for a few Taylor-Walker (Ind Coope as was) in the Lamb. Could then walk back along the canal to the three bridges (another IKB design) and home.

      All a long, long time ago.

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      1. There’s only two footballers I’d recognise, one of them from him joining our Proper Day Out in Burton last spring.

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      2. Martin,
        No, not Steph Houghton, never heard of her.
        Heard of Stanley Matthews ( not Johnson ) but wouldn’t recognise him.
        And wouldn’t recognise Geoff Hurst even though he’s had pubs not far from me.
        You’d never guess.
        The other one is Tony Dinning.

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      3. NEVER before have I looked at football statistics let alone tried to compare them.
        Only one goal in 422 matches looks dreadful for LAF but then I saw “Defender” and realised that it’s an issue of demarcation and he leaves that aspect of the game to others.
        I’ve not seen Tony Dinning for nearly four years since my knees failed and I had to give up work.

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  1. “More “Guess the Pub” fun for your Saturday”

    Um, you posted this on Friday.

    “Admit it, if I hadn’t told you this was a Shisha lounge you’d have guessed it was communal bench seating from the Black Country, wouldn’t you ?”

    I would’ve guessed it’s the current waiting room for most hospitals?

    “Our mystery pub has a beer range to match any in Magaluf,”

    (looks at the photo below)
    Blimey. You got that right!

    “but the last lucky chap to come here for Pubs Galore (not Will) found a decent Spitfire”

    (looks at the photo below)
    You’re talking about the buxom woman aren’t you. 😉

    “and a puff on the pipe (not a euphemism, Russ)”

    Pfft. I associate ‘puff on the pipe’ with wigwams and whatnot. 🙂

    “That Brunel got everywhere, didn’t he ?”

    He was definitely a big jobs kinda guy. 😉

    Cheers

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      1. “It’s Saturday in Canada, isn’t it ? Isn’t it ?”

        We’re 8 hours behind you where I am so… no. 😉

        But, I can well understand the ‘groundhog day’ effect that is enveloping everyone.

        Cheers

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