Congratulations to Corby Mark for guessing my next destination.
I mean, how could you resist the Benbow ?
As Vaux Wanderer says;
The Benbow has been a GBG regular for decades, though perhaps sitting behind the Loggerheads, Coach & Horses and 3 Fishes in the pantheon of Shrewsbury pubs.
My return visit on Thursday night was nostalgic. In 1999 Mrs RM let me have an hour to “Tick the Town” and the Benbow really shone for beer, a barrel of Adnams Bitter they’d smuggled past the pub chain or something. Best Adnams I’ve ever had.
Now what really shone was the homeliness of the place.
Great welcome, fantastically irreverent bants at the bar from a mature crowd (probably younger than me), and an Old Skool line-up.
Probably four too many on the bar if I’m honest; the Salopian was tasty if not as crisp as it can be.
But you’ll struggle to beat the conversations from the theatre crowd on the next table.
“So what you’re doing in the Autumn is a BIG production ?”
“Is it virile or fertile, the word I’m looking for. At my age it makes a difference“.
Bowie would have felt at home.
I had a train to catch, or I’d miss my Stafford takeaway.
Blimey, aren’t these alleyways dark ?