My old Dad refused to go in to Ansells pubs, they served Castlemaine XXXX for lager and he wasn’t happy (generally, but with XXXX in particular). This isn’t the sort of thing they cover in Good Pub Guides and the like — they’re either obsessed with specific gravity and naked flames that might set off an aran jumper (CAMRA), or the qualtity of service.
Me, I like a nice pint, not too many students or drunks, a jukebox, and barstaff who are good at their job without being obsequious. And if the pub has got something odd about it, so much the better.
So with the news that there’s only one pub in Brum in the latest Good Pub Guide (the Old Joint Stock), here’s a call for your fave drinking haunts, propper boozers with something about them.
We’ve mentioned the ‘Swinging Sporran‘ (oddest pub name in Brum?) and had a review of sorts — “great pub great staff ask for dolly the gaffa’s gaffa live music mark the dj on the wkends just for the ladys”. The Bull near Lancaster Circus has got some fantastic ladies bogs: