A micropub that almost isn’t! It’s larger than some non-micro pubs, with 2 rooms and proper toilets, and outside space. What did make it feel like a micro was the welcome, the absence of noisy, awful music, the conversation, the shelf of Good Beer Guides, and the excellent beer.
This was a micro that was like pubs were and should be like; a comfortable, welcoming place with great beer, great staff, and social interaction if you wanted it. Very close to the bus station and Lichfield City rail station too.
Bognor Regis, West Sussex:
Micropub in a back street close to the seafront. We should have really liked this: the staff were really friendly, and the beer (straight from a cask by gravity) was in great nick, I got asked what glass I wanted (perverts can have a dimpled mug) and there was no loud music, but…
The beer we picked wasn’t great (just poor choice on our part). All the seating is those awful tall chairs, and the place rapidy filled with gobshites.
Just within sight of Morris Miner and named after his official name, this is a new micropub (it opened a week ago) in a old photography shop on Brownhills High St.
Brownhills does have good pubs, but the only ones right near the centre are the Shoulder of Mutton or Smithy’s Forge. I quite like the Shoulder, but there’s no ale there, and the nearby Smithy’s Forge is a fairly dreadful family feedbag, so the best chance of a decent pint of ale has either been Backyard’s taproom or The Swan. The taproom has limited hours, and the Swan, while excellent, is a walk out of town, so a the new micro is very welcome, being very close to the bus.
Inside, it’s typical micropub, but a bit larger than some. Unsurprisingly there’s Backyard beer on, and I think I overheard the landlord say he’s intending to keep one on permanently. That and the HPA were in excellent condition. There’s music, but it’s bearable and not loud, rather like The Turtle’s Head. No food beyond snacks and cobs.
All in all, very pleasant. I’d held off visiting last week as I thought it might be rammed, and it was just pleasantly busy (but filling up) as I left.
Sankey’s Corner, Burntwood, Staffs:
Brand new micropub in former council offices at Sankey’s Corner. I wanted to go to Backyard’s Tap Room, now open until 8pm, so continuing our journey into Burntwood seemed logical, so on we went.
It’s handy for the bus, and it’s pleasant inside. Like other micropubs, it doesn’t quite have the traditional pub feel, but also like others, it has great beer and wine, a great welcome, and the opportunity for conversation without loud music, so it’s a nice place to sit and drink. A great place, I hope it does well.
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.
Listed as a micropub but less micro than others, this was a real find. Pleasant bar staff and locals and a great selection of well-kept beer (including a 7.2% IPA that had a bit of a kick…) no music, no TV, no machines, just conversation. Nice looking pie selection too, but we’d just eaten.
A micropub at Carnforth station, and a fine example too: great beer, conversation, no TV, no music, no gaming machines. Casks stored in a chiller at the back of the room. About the only criticism I could make is tall chairs and tables, but besides that, perfect. Short opening hours: 12-2 lunchtimes, 5-9pm Tues-Sat, 12:30-4:30 Sunday.
A lovely micropub in a Wolverhampton suburb. One room inside, but a little more atmosphere than The Turtle’s Head. Great beer, great snacks, friendly locals and staff. Part of our tap house tour, and the tap house for Morton Brewery.
Croft Parade, Aldridge:
There’s a temptation to say this pub stands out 😉
The thing is, it does. Given it is occupying a former hairdresser’s shop in Aldridge’s 1960s shopping centre, you’d have low expectations, and be very, very wrong indeed. It’s lovely. The interior is basic, but clean and tidy, and comfortable. There’s music, but quiet enough to talk over, and the beer is great. There’s pork pies and cobs on offer too, and a very friendly landlord and great prices. It was full too, which has to be a good sign.