Gun Quarter, Brimingham:
Lovely, traditional pub, right near the city centre, but in a quiet backstreet near the Gunmaker’s Arms. A great welcome, great beer, proper pub atmosphere, and a pubcat- and rooms as well, you could do worse than stop here.
Original post here.
This place has changed a bit, but not massively. It’s now the brewery tap for Two Towers.
Friendly welcome, great beer (for me, but others less impressed), good food, nice atmosphere, and so, so close to town, but eerily quiet, considering the inner ring road is yards away. Good beer choice now, if you like Two Towers offerings. Regular history talks and film shows. TV on, but muted, and nice place to drink.
Original post here
A sad visit on our way back home; The Imperial closed later this evening, with J D Wetherspoon citing it as a commercial decision.
The Imperial has been there since 1997 or so, and I remember a bet with my other half that it would be there more than x years, (where x was either five or 10, we cannot recall). It lasted nearly 20 in the end, and despite it being just a ‘spoons, I will be sorry to see it go. handy for the bus station (especially as the toilets there are closed at night 🙂 ), and a little quieter than the nearby St Matthew’s Hall, it always seemed to be doing an OK trade to me. I just hope some new use can be found for the building.
Just down the road from The Sow & Pigs, and right byb the bus stop, and on the way to the Metro, and we needed food. As Google refers to it as a Bar & Grill, we were expecting standard pub food, but actually found a decent pub, with a full-on Indian restaurant attached/incorporated. Fantastic, bargain-priced food, great staff and service (they missed one person’s food, so provided free beer as compensation) and decent beer too, and right by the bus stop.
Hill Top, West Bromwich:
A relatively recent re-opening of an old West Brom pub, by Two Crafty Brewers and Sadlers. Looking at the website I had reservations- it looked a bit Brewdog-style hipster, with industrial style fittings, and basins and urinal in the bogs made from cut-down beer kegs, (and pictures rather than signs on the doors, which upset Stymistress), but in the event, it was rather nice. Very friendly bar staff, pleasant locals, great beer, music at a sensible volume, and cobs (though our companions weren’t so keen as us on the cobs). A fine pub and well worth the 3 bus (but not long) trip.
Andy’s view here.
Just up the road, this seemed a better idea for lunch. It reminded me of Birmingham’s Sun on the Hill, and in the same way had a slightly upmarket chainpub feel. Decent food, but my beer (sadly the only Bath Ales beer I got to try) was a bit sad. Food decent though, and not a bad place once you got over the Blade Runner effect of the TV screens advertising, with the back being airy, light, and spacious.
A by-the-numbers chain pub. Nothing awful but nothing great either: typical chainpub menu, cheapish drinks, central location. Staff pleasant, but otherwise nothing of note at all.
We’d got lost looking for something, and were tired from the previous day’s walking, so a brief pistop with soft drinks. Another Greene King pub that they hadn’t fucked up, which was nice, Pleasant staff, food looked good, nice atmosphere. Can’t comment on the beer.
We just randomly came across this on the walk back down from Clifton, and from the outside it just looked like an average pub; but we were tired from the walk so dropped in.
In fact, it was a close contender with the nearby Bag of Nails for “best pub in Bristol”, losing out because dog, rather than cats. Great pub, good-looking menu, great beer, friendly people.
We’d caught the sightseeing bus up to Clifton, and had a wander over the bridge, and it was time for lunch, and The Mall was the first place we came to. Pleasant, too, and just about the right side of fashionable and cultured without being up itself. Good beer (both craft bollocks and cask ale), good food, good staff, and reasonable price.