7th December 2022.
It’s taking longer to write up Stafford than we actually spend in the town (about 4 hours). Here’s pubs 6 and 7.
From the disappointing and empty Vine we crossed a couple of roads to the Rose & Crown, where Joules’s gleaming handpumps appealed, but not as much as the Old No. 6 hiding on the other bar.
Which is EXACTLY what Paul and Will and I did a year ago. Except that this time I scored a 4 rather than a 3.5.
And Paul didn’t complain too much about the fakeness of Joules pubs (he has a point) and we all thought it rather splendid.
Except for one thing.
IT WAS SO COLD. I know it’s expensive to heat pubs, but I guess a fair few folk will be visiting to warm up, as well as to drink beer, however good.
Perhaps a bit more body heat from other customers would help,
and you’d certainly have got that standing at the bar in the Coach and Horses.
But you know my views on standing at the bar, and we took our Doom Bar back to a rare free table to enjoy Britain’s favourite cask beer.
Except we didn’t; it wasn’t very good. NO ! YOU take it back.
I’ve had very good things to say about Craft Union, and still do, but this was a disappointment in all respects.
Even the music was off; Shazam couldn’t identify “Nights In White Satin” so perhaps that was counterfeit.
Would we have preferred to shiver in the Rose & Crown with great beer ? Tough call.
Nice map, mind.