We had high hopes, as this was a sister pub to The Station, but it didin’t quite hit the mark. Advertised as a traditional pub, it had too much of a food bias to hit that note for us, and the barman made us feel as welcome as a dose of the clap, so we didn’t stay long. It wasn’t awful, by any means, but just didn’t feel great.
A bit of a ‘spoons-a-like, this, unsurpising, given The Palladium nearby. Part of the Stonegate pubco chain.
Cheap pub food and beer, and an opened-out interior of what seems to be quite an old pub. Friendly staff, Ok beer (limited choice, but in good order), locals who tolerated us sitting in “their” seats until we left!
A ‘spoons. A spoons in a very grand building, and on a grand scale, but still a ‘spoons, so you know what you’ll get: the standard food menu (albeit with some nice-looking Welsh additions), cheap, decentish wine and beer.
As it happened, the beer was great, the food as per usual, and the staff pleasant. You could do worse.
A ‘spoons. But a nice spoons. In what was a Conservative club, so it has to be an improvement. The interior is impressive, with wood paneling and a grand staircase. Very friendly staff, and quite a civilised atmosphere for a ‘spoons; trackie bottoms not required.
Bury St Edmunds:
Busy town-centre pub, with good outside space, which went well with the weather when we visited. Popular for food, but not overwhelmed, and though Greene King again, it had some guest beer on. Good beer choice, secent wine, friendly staff, and a real Friday/Saturday lively buzz without loud music, which was nice. Inside is standard Greene King refresh, but inoffensive.
Bury St Edmunds:
This was the first pub we found walking into town from our hotel, and we needed lunch, having been up early that morning. Outside looks traditional, inside is a modern Greene King (who else, that close to the brewery?) pubco makeover, so stripped boards and green paint.
I was ready to not be keen, because there was a bit of a hipster air about the place too, so that coupled with decor and GK beer wasn’t encouraging, but in the event it was fine: the sandwiches were nice, there was guest beer, the music wasn’t too loud and the staff were really pleasant. We visited again that evening, and the food wasn’t bad then, and the music wasn’t deafening, so overall, pretty good. There’s romms here too, and they seemed to be in a seperate building to the pub.
Back in the town, away from the seafront and tourism, but fairly close to our flat for the week, this looked quite traditional, but was a bit family feedbag, but it wasn’t a bad place to stop for a drink: we were tired after the walk up from the far end of the harbour. For some reason, Google Maps has it as a microbrewery, which is patently untrue, but there were several real ales, and what I had was fine. Food menu pretty standard Marstons, staff friendly. It was busy on a Saturday night, and one nearby family provided the “entertainment”.
Big thirties roadhouse-style pub at the side of the A34 in Perry Barr. We dropped in because my better half thought she’d been curious about it for a long tome, but that turned out to be The Towers nearby- both are large, 1930s roadside pubs, and quite near to each other.
Anyway, as we’d already passed The Towers, on the other side of the A34, we got of the 51 and went in. Very friendly barman, cask ale (Greene King Old Golden Hen, but pretty good regardless), and very keen prices. Inside, the place is as big as the sizeable frontage would suggest, and currently in one of the standard pubco eatery themes, and the landlord told me it’s having a refurb soon (with more handpumps). There were a few customers too, which is a good sign on a grey Thursday very early afternoon. Overall a nice pub and worth dropping in to.
Just about pubby enough.
A wait for a connecting flight saw us with time to kill in Dubai, and this was the only option near our gate. Pleasant enough- pub-like atmosphere, food looked OK in a chainpub way, drink was fine and the staff were great. There’s worse ways to kill an hour or so.
Willerby, near Beverly:
There was a slight question on including this: it’s a family feedbag carvery restaurant attached to a chain hotel next to a petrol station on the edges of a town, so not very promising sounding. We stopped as it was about lunchtime and we were running early.
In the event, for a family feedbag, it was nice. The large, noisy carvery area was one side of the pub, and there was a seperate area that still felt like a pub, to a degree that it merits inclusion. Staff were pleasant, beer choice good (can’t comment on quality as driving) and the food good too.