Opposite the Olde Ship, this seems to bask in the reflected glory: we went in because The Olde Ship was rammed, as did several others. It doesn’t have the olde-worlde charm, but it does have great beer and food, friendly staff, free wi-fi, and a great view over the harbour. Dog-friendly too. Like the ship, it’s got rooms, but both feel mostly like pubs.
The best known pub in Seahouses, and a probably for good reason. Inside it’s a maze of rooms, and most of them are decorated with an eclectic mix of maritime memorabillia. There’s great beer (both choice and quality), and good food, and the staff are friendly. There’s free wi-fi too, handy given the shaky Vodafone signal locally.
There’s actually only one problem: It’s far too popular!
We went in several times, but turned round and went to The Bamburgh Castle Inn over the road more times than we stopped, as we couldn’t get to the bar, never mind a table to eat, but I should point out they take reservations- so booking is adviseable.
Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton:
Can’t believe I’ve never been in here before. A lovely, traditional pub, just outside the city centre, but easily walkable,and handy for several restaurants. Pleasant landlord, several well-kept real ales, and outside space. Bonus tree in the gents.
The Duck has changed hands, now being run by Rob, who’s also still in control up at the Shire Oak.
It’s still not plush, but it’s an awful lot cleaner than in recent times… As to be expected, the beer is top-notch: Rob looks after the beer properly, and it shows. There’s usually the jukebox on, but it’s not generally too loud. There’s sometimes entertainment as well, but the size and layout means you can usually find an area quiet enough to drink & talk.
It’s early days there, but very promising, and judging by the amount of customers, should go well.
But finally a ‘spoons in a place that has been crying out for one.
It’s now open as a pub, and they’ve done a great job. It’s still a ‘spoons, but the inside is pleasant, with deco touches, and there’s local ales from Beowulf & Backyard.
The view from the ladies’ toilet is rather nice too, featuring the original stained glass (I’m relying on female companions for this information) from what was, I believe, originally the cafe.
Staff were friendly too, and the place was very busy.
Right opposite the glorious Beacon Hotel, this is under new management, and when we visited, very nice too. Friendly locals and staff, some great ale, and outside space. Freshly refurbished, but not stripped of character.
This place is legendary: it has the Sarah Hughes brewery attached, and appears on most CAMRA lists as one of those pubs you must visit. It’s traditional timewarp inside- really a step back in time- and the beer garden is a step back IMO too, but only 35 years or so, where the pub seems to add a hundred to that. Shortly, it’s fantastic. Great beer, friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere, cobs.
The latest in the Black Country Taverns chain, this is tucked down a pedestrianised street, just by the gates to St Peters Church.
There’s lots to recommend it: the landlord and landlady previously ran the Black Country Arms, and the owners generally do a good job.
It was quite nice too, but for some reason, it didn’t hit the spot for me, and I don’t know why: the beer was great (with a large selection of very well-kept ale), the welcome was fine, there wasn’t loud music, and there were cobs. The building is old- 16th century in places- and hasn’t been wrecked during the refurb, but for some reason, it seemed to lack something, like the BCA does for me. The worst thing is, there’s nothing wrong with it I can put down in words, I just felt more at ease in The Posada, just up the road, even though there’s so much right here.
It’s a hotel, but the bar felt enough like a pub for inclusion here. We dropped in for lunch, which was pleasant, as was the welcome. Real ale was on offer, but sadly only Hobgoblin on this day, which I’m not keen on. The lager was OK though, and prices were pretty good.
Listed in CAMRA’s historic pub interiors, this little pub keeps a timewarp feel. No real ale when we visited, sadly, but pleasant staff and locals, and the lager was bearable.