Bognor Regis, West Sussex:
A Brewer’s Fayre right on the seafront, and presumably trading on position alone.
I’ll start with the good: the staff were pleasant.
Nothing much else was: the solitary ale was Doom Bar. The place felt a little grubby throughout, and things were tatty- the fireplace with bricks missing, for a start. The pinnacle though, were the toilets: there was a notice saying they were regularly checked: presumably to check they were filthy enough: apparently the ladies was strewn with toilet paper, and had one broken seat and one broken door lock. The gents had every urinal bagged over, and no bog roll in one of the two cubicles.
While I’ve seen toilets as bad elsewhere, and kind of like tatty pubs, I’d expect the trade-off for a family feedbag to be that if the drinks choice is a bit crap and there’s no atmosphere, at least the place is clean….
Bognor Regis, West Sussex:
Pretty standard Marstons seafront feedbag in the Carlton Hotel, with the oddity being the aeroplane parts (including a cockpit in the bar). Other than that, unexceptional, but pleasant enough. Food and beer both great, staff very friendly, good outside seafront terrace.
Elmer, Bognor Regis, West Sussex:
One of three locals for our week’s holiday, and the first we visited,as there was food and a shop next door. It’s an actual hotel, but feels pubby: there’s 3 distinct zones- very pubby at the front, mixed pub/lounge in the middle, restaurant at the back. Good beer (2 Fullers, 1 guest) in good condition, decent wine, and fair prices for the south-east, for both the drink and the (excellent) food. Really, really friendly staff too.
Grand former house and hotel, and now a ‘spoons. It’s a big one too, and there’s lots of outside space (sadly full when we visited). The building’s very impressive, everything else is standard ‘spoons.
With me having limited mobility again, Stymistress was driving. We’d had an abortive visit to
The Toby Carvery Norton Canes The Turf (full of kids running about), The Railway, and an assortment of other pubs just over the border in Staffs, none of which were serving lunchtime sandwiches, which is what we were after. We’d suffered the traffic calming in Heath Hayes once, so instead of turning round, came back the long way round, aiming for The Hedgehog, but saw this first.
Pretty good too: Marstons foodish pub with a dining area out the back, but pool table and seating for drinkers at the front, so it’s still a pub- comfortable and pleasant, not just a family feedbag. Really, really friendly barmaid (landlady?), decent food, and cask ale. My Wainwright was on the turn, but changed without question for Pedigree which was in great nick- maybe a little cold for some, but that’s being picky. The food was decent, and good value. Overall a great pub; just a shame we’re not likely to visit often, but if you don’t mind driving there’s a decent car park.
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).