18th January 2023. At last, a second tick of the day on the Brum/Tamworth toddle (is toddle a word ?). The Old Bank opened at 4:00, the train back to Derby, where I would jump off and back on a train headed for Sheffield, left at 4:20. It would be tight. Particularly if the Old… Continue reading ALL SIGNS POINT TO TAMWORTH
18th January 2023. On the journey from Birmingham I realised I’d have an hour to kill in Tamworth, and with the castle closed as there are no attacks on the town in January I’d have to find alternative enetertainment. A Teardrop Explodes trail ? Here’s the micropub where Julian took the “Buy 6 Get 1… Continue reading DRAUGHT BASS IN TAMWORTH – FROM SLUDGE TO SILK
7th December 2022. Having found my Tamworth GBG tick unexpectedly closed for a staff party (should have got my butler to phone ahead like Duncan does) I had 47 minutes before the next train to civilisation Derby. Ooh, there’s one of the Top 4 pubs in the country according to CAMRA. It would be stupid… Continue reading TOP 100 PUBS – THE TAMWORTH TAP
7th December 2022. I’d planned it all so well. No new GBG ticks in Stafford, but a genuine Guide newbie in Tamworth on the way home. There’s multiple rail routes to Stafford from Sheffield, and about 44 different fare combinations depending on whether you dare stop in Uttoxeter and whether you’re old or not. I’d… Continue reading HOW WILL I COPE WITH TAMWORTH TORMENT ?
Yes, when in Tamworth, it is obligatory to reference Julian Cope, whose views on micro pubs are eagerly anticipated. Last time here I celebrated the joys of the parish church in an Emergency Guide to Tamworth that is still handed out to all UK visitors on arrival at Dover. This time I bring the alternate… Continue reading WHEN I DREAM, I DREAM ABOUT TAMWORTH MICROPUBS
For the benefit of our Black Country correspondent A quick guide to the many merits of the ancient Kingdom of Mercia, which seem to be lost on the current Rough Guide, Lonely Planet and Fodors. I could certainly recommend an overnighter, particularly if the Premier Inn is available cheaply. Ignore Tamworth‘s traditional draws, an attractive… Continue reading AN EMERGENCY VISITORS GUIDE TO TAMWORTH