It’s a little hipster, but what do you expect, in affluent Lichfield, and the advantage is you get a good selection of cask and craft ale. Busy on a Friday afternoon.
A small bar downstairs, and another area up a set of stairs (as are the toilets) that are quite seriously steep if you’re old and fucked, like me.
The aforementioned cask was in good condition, and the craft and Belgian selection is *huge*. Pleasant staff, no food that I could see, music was either quiet or non-existent. Group of much younger and much cooler than me lads sat next to us, using the USB charging points(!). Decor is reproduction enamel signs, stripped floorboards, old wooden tables. Not at all unpleasant.
Well, it’s a hotel really, but the bar feels pubby, and while the beer’s a bit pricey, the food is very reasonable, and it’s a nice place for lunch. We’d popped into la-di-dah Lichfield, taking advantage of the new direct bus, dropped in at The Whippet Inn, and needed lunch.
Pleasant barman, trusting enough of us commoners from Walsall to allow a tab. Backyard Hoard on cask, and in great condition too. Good lunch and a pleasant courtyard with unbrellas to deflect the shower that passed. Right in the middle of Lichvegas, too.
We were actually here for a wake, the last time being for a wedding some 20 years ago. It’s changed a bit, having been closed for a while a few years back, and the current incarnation is obviously moving towards the food-led gastropub- slightly upmarket.
It doesn’t mean it’s just a restaurant with pub pretensions, I’m happy to say, it’s still a pub, and not a bad one at all. We didn’t have the usual menu, as they’d put a buffet on, but everything was decent quality, and the beer and wine were fine, and the staff pleasant. A little bit middle-class staffordshire for me, but just the right side of up itself.
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Not massively changed: still great beer, still rammed full on a Saturday. A great pub, with my only criticism being the snacks: four quid for a pork pie, and the misrepresentation of olives as a pub snack. Surprisingly, our party, ranging from early 20s to mid-fifties, pushed down the average age a bit…
We visited twice in the same evening- early on and later, and both times this was pleasant. Good staff, great beer, pleasant atmosphere, and right in the town. Music was either absent or quiet enough to talk over, but conversation kept the place lively without being grim.
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Considerably less grim than my last visit, and drinkable Pedigree, and apparently doing the Gin thing quite well, according to one of our party. It’s still a typical town-centre pub, but it looks a bit smarter and the music didn’t eliminate all conversation.
Lovely micropub right in the middle of town. We got in on our second attempt; like most micropubs the popularity exceeds the capacity. Great beer, very riendly staff and no music or machines to drown out conversation. About the only problem was having to stand at the bar.
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Not significantly chnaged since last time, but as the last visit was a long time ago and I don’t come here often, I’ll update: Boondoggle and Pedigree on draught, both very good. Thankfully Micky fabricant wasn’t here this time either.
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On a stag evening, we’d hoped to get into The Whippet Inn, but it was rammed, so we went in here. Quite pleasant inside, landlord friendly, but nothing leapt out, and the beer was Greene King. No drain smell or pushchairs this time though 🙂
Fradley Junction, Fradley, near Lichfield:
I’d not been to The Swan for years, mostly because it’s not easy to get to for me- it’s way off public transport, and not the easiest to find without a map. However, I was being chauffeured, as I was unable to walk far or drive, and a family member took pity and got me out of the house for a change.
The Swan Inn is lovely. Very traditional, and by the canalside it has a great location to sit outside and watch the boats pass. The beer was great, and the staff helpful and friendly. About the only disadvantage is that it gets very, very busy at popular times, especially in the summertime.