Not massively changed: still great beer, still rammed full on a Saturday. A great pub, with my only criticism being the snacks: four quid for a pork pie, and the misrepresentation of olives as a pub snack. Surprisingly, our party, ranging from early 20s to mid-fifties, pushed down the average age a bit…
We visited twice in the same evening- early on and later, and both times this was pleasant. Good staff, great beer, pleasant atmosphere, and right in the town. Music was either absent or quiet enough to talk over, but conversation kept the place lively without being grim.
Considerably less grim than my last visit, and drinkable Pedigree, and apparently doing the Gin thing quite well, according to one of our party. It’s still a typical town-centre pub, but it looks a bit smarter and the music didn’t eliminate all conversation.
Lovely micropub right in the middle of town. We got in on our second attempt; like most micropubs the popularity exceeds the capacity. Great beer, very riendly staff and no music or machines to drown out conversation. About the only problem was having to stand at the bar.
Not significantly chnaged since last time, but as the last visit was a long time ago and I don’t come here often, I’ll update: Boondoggle and Pedigree on draught, both very good. Thankfully Micky fabricant wasn’t here this time either.
I’d misremembered a friend who’d reccomended the nearby Uxbridge Arms and actually said The Junction was a bit, well, vibrant.
Anyway, The Junction was where we went. Very pleasant it was too- no sign of any trouble, decent beer, somewhere to sit, an old doggie relaxing nearby, and reasonable music you could hear but talk over. Staff and locals pretty decent too. We’ll save The Uxbridge for next time….
 A colleague that lives in Burntwood also rates THe Junction. Perhaps it has improved of late?
Traditional boozer right on the Swan Island at Burntwood (and therefore very handy for the bus, just over the road). I got a bad first impression simply because it was very crowded, and after the walk from The Drill I needed a sit down, and couldn’t get close to the bar. However, this was quickly fixed, and it was a pleasant little community pub with decent beer, a good atmosphere, and friendly locals.
Well known for food for some years, we thought we’d give this a try. It’s a proper country pub, but not too far to walk from our bus route. There’s very much a food bias, and we had to agree to give up our table for a reservation later, but that was fine. It’s not a pubco family feedbag, as far as I can see. Google has it as a restaurant, but I’d have it as a food-biased pub. Great beer (Slaters) and food, reasonable prices, friendly staff. Tons of outside space too, with a play area and a small farm, apparently. Gets very busy on a Saturday night.
Evidently quite an old pub, this has a big site and car park. It’s fairly traditional, with a bit of a standard modern pubco makeover (Chef & Brewer, a branch of Greene King, via Spirit pub co). Nice enough place, pleasant barman, but beer a little pricey (but thankfully one Purity ale in addition to the Greene King stuff). Surprisingly no menus out at around 5pm on a Saturday, which seemed odd, but we were only pausing here for a drink en route- and the outside space was pleasant.