The second ‘spoons on Broad St, heading out of town, the closer one being the Soloman Cutler. We were seeing a show at Symphony Hall again, and our budget hotel was almost nest door. It’s a ‘spoons, so no surprises, but decent food and beer at an amazing price for Broad St (as was the hotel, to be fair). No Brexit bullshittery, for a change.
Hard to believe I’ve not blogged it before, but my last visit pre-dates PubBlog, as the other Birmingham ‘spoons are closer. It’s not far- it’s just you generally have to walk past one of the others first.
Previously one of La-di-dah Lichfield’s spoons, this is part of the Brewhouse & Kitchen chain, so inside it’s a bit fashionable faux-industrial with scaffold-pole handrails, and repro factory-style lights.
There’s an impressive selection of cask ale and keg “craft”, including a tempting 7.3% IPA I didn’t try. Pleasant staff, decent food, and nowhere near as dreadful as you may expect from a modern, city centre, slighty trendy chain pub, in fact, quite pleasant, and food prices reasonable (drinks *slightly* pricey).
Previously a Goose pub, and it shows- it’s a bit ‘spoons-a-like, but with a better atmosphere. Part of the Stonegate chain.
It’s a big Victorian pile, right next to the bus station. Inside, it’s opened out.
Friendly barmaid, and the first cask ale of the day- Trooper. Not a bad pub, and handy for the bus.
Close to Walsall’s ‘spoons and Tap & Tanner, you have to ask why?
It’s pricier than ‘spoons (£3.75 for my Punk IPA, which I chose over the sole cask ale- Doom Bar), and seems to offer a similar environment to The Tap & Tanner- (i.e: shitty sports on TV) with added shitty R&B music. A long way from my ideal pub in pretty much every way. Part of the Stonegate chain.
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A revisit. Ate here, too. Food not bad, staff friendly. No horrible ale this time, because no ale full stop: maybe the reason it was vile was that it didn’t sell. Not too bad a pub, but Rhos Fynach up the road is nicer (but more expensive too).
Another converted bank. Is every pub in Dundee an ex-bank?
Anyway, another ‘spoons, so you know the drill. Cheap, reasonable food, decent beer. Great location in the centre of town, near the McManus gallery.
Opposite the Bank Bar, and another Belhaven (Greene King) pub, another bank conversion. Very nicely done inside too, all wood panelling, but a bit limited on seating given the sheer space- I ended up sat in the dining area without noticing. Decent beer, friendly staff. typical GK pubfood menu. A fairly typical modern city pub, but not soulless.
More Greene King stuff. Converted from an old post office, inside is a bit from the GK catalogue, this one with the slightly trendy section being used. Standard pub food, no cask ale, but Punk IPA on keg. Friendly barman, slightly steep prices.
A ‘spoons. Quite a nice spoons, steep stairs to get in, but wonder of wonder, toilets on the same floor. Other than that, no surprises.
Belhaven (so Greene King) pub in the city centre. We’d been to the nearby, very new, V&A Dundee (which was ace).
Don’t let the GK put you off. Good choice of guest beer, great staff, and good food. Pleasantly not-too-plush, not-too-contrived decor; a conversion from a bank, like several Dundee pubs. Prices entirely reasonable, too.