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.

Original Post Here

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.