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The Fradley Arms

Near Fradley, Lichfield


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Just a few hours after whinging about them, I find myself in a chain-pub “restaurant”. In my defence, it was on the way home; an awkwardly-timed appointment in Burton-upon-Trent saw us heading south back home without having eaten, so we called in. I was last here over 10 years ago, and I think I recall a traditional pub. The old building still looks attractive, but it shares its site with a Premier Inn, has become a behemoth collection of buildings, and is part of the Fayre & Square chain, itself a brand of the Spirit Pub Company. See what they did there? It sells Fayre, at a fair and square price, and *giggle* some of the food is square (the burgers). How very whimsical, I do believe my sides have split.

It was OK, as a better alternative than McDonalds or the chippy, and it was pretty cheap (£17 for 2 meals, a soft drink, and a large wine). There was cask ale, and a good choice of other stuff. There’s a wacky warehouse for kids to run about in, though that didn’t stop some parents letting theirs run about the place (fortunately, as it’s a big place, we went to the other end and escaped them). The food was serviceable, rather than exceptional, and the menu standard family feedbag stuff (PDF, 11MB). Staff were nice enough, but a bit corporate training manual:

“Pint of lime & soda please”

“Is that a large or a small?”

[facepalm]

Overall, you could do worse, but you’re not going to get atmosphere or haute cuisine.

The Uxbridge Arms

Burton-upon-Trent:


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An area that could be described as ‘vibrant’ surrounds this pub:it’s not plush or genteel, more gritty and real. However, it seems Ok to me: lots of takeaways nearby, lots of 19c terraced houses. The pub itself looks very smart- I think it’s been cleaned and repointed. There’s pleasant outside space, and while the lounge seems to not be used in the week when I visisted, the bar was pleasant. Staff and customers pleasant, cask ale on (but I was driving). Thisa was my second visit, and I was dissapointed that the giant furry tarantula was missing from the ceiling, in preparation for the Jubilee decorations. Despite this, a nice place to wait for an hour.

The George and Dragon

Lichfield:


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What a very nice pub this is. It’s a short walk from the main shopping streets, and is a traditional community boozer with an impressive selection of real ale. There’s food on offer- but not when we were there (around 9pm), so it was just people enjoying a drink. There was a TV on in the lounge, but the sound was thankfully off. Lichfield’s fashionable lot seemed to thankfully be absent too, so this, coupled with the beer and the pleasant staff made for a nice few pints.

The Duke of York

Lichfield:


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Had very high hopes of this pub: it’s a favourite haunt of several of the Lichfield Twitterati.

Was very slightly (but only slightly) dissapointed: I prefer the Horse and Jockey. It’s a fine pub though: several real ales, good snack selection, friendly staff, and a nice atmosphere: it just didn’t quite hit the spot for some reason, even though there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it.

Earl of Lichfield Arms

Lichfield:


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Apparently known locally as The Drum, this supposedly has the recommendation of local MP Micheal Fabricant, but don’t let that put you off: it’s a decent pub.

Beer choice OK: Pedigree and Hobgoblin when we visited, plus the usual suspects. The Pedigree was decent too, which sadly is often not the case in many pubs. Nice location looking out on to the market square, decent food and a pleasant barman.