Still much the same- but no longer The Rising Sun, and there’s ale, which was well kept. It’s still a rock pub, and it’s still not plush, but it’s a nice place for a pint, and the music is usually good. There seemed to be a resident cat, too.
I’d forgotten about this pub until a friend reminded me, so dropped in for a pint.
It’s a nice pub. Beautiful, Victorian architecture outside, traditional boozer (with Indian food!) inside. Friendly staff, clientele mixed- all ages and races, rather like the lovely White Lion. Sadly no ale, but here was proper Stella, which was fine.
Birmingham City Centre:
I’ve included streetview because the address is listed as 84 New St, but I failed to find it twice. Unless there’s another entrance I’m unaware of, you actually get in on Pinfold St, then downstairs into a tiny pub: at busy times you’ll be lucky to get in (my third visit, on a Friday night, was aborted as we couldn’t get in the door) but it was quiet when I visited. Great choice of top-notch ale, and pleasant, helpful staff. It has a reputation for unusual bottled beer, which is interesting. No food, but apparently you can take your own, and they’ll supply cutlery/plates.
I was ready to hate this, but thought one of my companions might like it, as she has a less grotty taste in pubs than I do. Hockley can be a bit of a game these days, what with The Rose Villa Tavern, and the increasing ‘cool’ of the area, so with that and the company that owns this (and its sister pub, The Red Lion, making a chain of 2) calling itself Urban Art Bar Group [shudder], I was ready for it to be replete with bell end hipsters (is there any other sort?).
Actually, I was pleasantly surprised. Inside, it looks like a pub. An actual pub. OK, there’s art on the walls, but it actually looks OK. The staff were friendly, efficient, and normal. The food was good, the ale was excellent (as per the reputation), and the music wasn’t some dreadful shite no-one would ever listen to for pleasure, and not so loud we couldn’t talk. The prices weren’t too bad either. There’s a big outside smoking shelter for those of you that might want it- with a TV (so we can get the two objectionable things in one place! (edit: there’s a TV in the bar too, but not the lounge)).
Best of all, the customers were normal too.
Princes End, Tipton:
Normally, this would be an unexceptional local’s pub, were it not for the quite alarming angle the building continues to stand at.
It’s grade 2 listed, and we’ve been past many times, but not gone in before.
The place was friendly, inside isn’t plush by any means, but it was OK. No ale, sadly, but my Guinness was perfectly drinkable. Worth a visit to sightsee, especially if you’re a structural engineer who’s already seen The Crooked House.
This is odd. This review has it as a gastropub, and the Tripadvisor reviews are glowing, but when we visited, there was no sign of this- it seems the restaurant is closed much of the week, and is to permanently close on Oct 26th.
Sadly, what we were left with was a pub with no real ale, the football on too loud, and an unpleasant smell (from the glass washer, I reckon). Shame.
An unexceptional pub- not horrible, but nothing to write home about. Staff were friendly, but no real ale- shame as the interior was pleasant enough traditional pub and the locals seemed OK too, so I’d have stopped longer with something better to drink.
Just up the coast from Seahouses. I think the weather helped- warm and sunny. This is an inn, again, and a good amount of the inside is dining space, but it feels very pub-like, tidy and fresh but not devoid of character, and sat outside in the lovely beer garden, it felt almost like the perfect country pub. Landlord and staff were friendly, the food and beer was great, and generally this made for a lovely afternoon.
Pleasant traditional pub in the centre of town. Pleasant staff, good beer, and a decent lunch at reasonable cost. This place has rooms, too, but it’s very definitely a pub.
We stopped here for lunch after a walk up from Seahouses. Pleasant staff, decent beer, good food, and not too expensive, though our entire Northumberland trip was a bit pricey beer-wise. It’s very modern gastropub inside, clean, bright and stripped wood, but not unpleasant- and the nice man filled our water bottle for the journey back.