Revisit: Flan O’Briens (The Borough Arms)

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Still fabulous outside, still a bit disappointing inside.

It’s under new managment, after a short closure, but it’s been open for a while, so it was a bit disappointing to be presented with the choice of Carling, Fosters, or Coors as draught beers, and nothing else, so I opted for terribly expensive and not-quite-cold-enough Morretti in bottles.

To be fair, it was friendly enough, and tidy inside, though Karaoke was being set up. As noted previosuly, this could be a stunning pub- it is magnificent outside- but once again, it’s a little bit disappointing: with better beer choice and no disco/karaoke it could be wonderful.

Bitter-Suite

Lichfield:

A micropub that almost isn’t! It’s larger than some non-micro pubs, with 2 rooms and proper toilets, and outside space. What did make it feel like a micro was the welcome, the absence of noisy, awful music, the conversation, the shelf of Good Beer Guides, and the excellent beer.

This was a micro that was like pubs were and should be like; a comfortable, welcoming place with great beer, great staff, and social interaction if you wanted it. Very close to the bus station and Lichfield City rail station too.

Revisit: The King’s Head

Lichfield.

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It’s almost 10 years since my original post, which I think suffered from a snapshot effect of the time we visited; a revisit on a Saturday lunchtime saw us sat outside, and the place had a relaxed, pleasant vibe. The bar itslef isn’t that large, but there’s a conservatory, a roofed outside area, and a completely outside area. Pleasant staff, OK food, great pint of Pedigree.

Revisit: The Boatman’s Rest

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The landlord from the first revisit is still there, but there’s a subtle change: the pub seems to be going Desi.

The kitchen is refurbed, the lager is Cobra, and there’s a fairly typical indian barbecue menu on, which, to be fair, is excellent. The terrible stereo is still present in the bar, and there’s no ale, but the Cobra was fine and the food great, though it remains to be seen if Walsall Wood High St can sustain 3 establishments serving Indian food, even with me living nearby.

Revisit: The Wheatsheaf

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Over 10 years on, it’s time for a repost.

I observed then that it had had a variable past; once part of the Firkin chain, and a succession of landlords, and then short periods of closure. It’s now open, lightly refurbed, and great. It’s still got character, the landlord is friendly (giving us paper towels after we got caught ina rainstorm on the walk up), and the beer is sublime, both in condition and choice. There’s a variety of ages, or at least there was when we visited late afternoon/early evening- I suspect the customer profile would get younger later.

Revisit: The Lamp Tavern

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We’d been to New Invention Brewery Taphouse nearby (which was great, but not a pub!), and mainly went here for the rather nice Indian restaurant which now occupies some of the back buildings.

Inside, it’s had some paint and flooring, but it has lost the Holdens ale, with only keg offerings, but the lager was fine (and went with the curry!) and the staff friendly. I’d have preferred quieter TVs, though….

In Ur Pubz, Drinkin Ur Beerz