Pub crawl inspiration was found in a nifty little CAMRA guide but for the definitive pub guide - you have to love the Internet. This cracking site details the current 6 and the lost 40. Good work.
|49 other adventures await|
The Six Bells, Church Street, Cloud Nine
|Six Bells - Pub and Brewery|
The punters are a lady waiting for her CAMRA loving husband and son to come back from a brewery tour and three dogs - including the adorable Milly the resident Labradoodle. She refused to give up her bench seat, even when humans fill the bar later in the day.
Service - and fire starting - is provided by two enthusiastic Polish Ladies. We will meet them, and Milly, later on.
|Marie Celeste of bars. 10 mins later, the place was heaving|
I could have stayed all day to sample more but there was much work to do.
The Boar's Head, Church Street. Ludlow Gold
|Boars Head - Food|
|Fast becoming a favourite|
|BC by Night|
But this place was top notch. Once you work out how to get in, there's a proper bar full of drinkers, taking advantage of Chesterfields, a log burner and a really top class selection of ales. There were several from the three tuns (going there next), some Hobsons and a never before seen Clun Brewery Pale Ale.
|Even has a record in UnTappd for check in|
The Three Tuns, Salop Street, Rantipole
After our last visit, I went to a pub quiz in my local where the question was "Name England's oldest Brewery". My team mate looked to me. I said The Three Tuns, Bishops Castle, with some confidence. I had read their bar mats. The answers came in. Shepherd's Neame. Much protestation ensued but I may have mis-read the info. This is England's oldest licenced brewery.
It was, as I remember it. Good food and organised tours of men who have come especially to this small town for beery day out.
The Kings Head, Church Street, Wye Valley Butty Bach
The night is moving on and we determine where the action in town is on these last two ticks.
External photos were not possible due to the many smokers gathered outside on both our entrance and exit.
We fight our way through and the place is heaving but we strike lucky, with a pub crawl party of 10 men just about to leave. We can soak in the atmosphere of a popular market town pub at 9:30pm. Things we observe.
- Oasis is the most popular band on the jukebox
- There are some spectacularly drunken people
- Many of them have come straight from work. Unless its fancy dress and high viz jackets is the theme
A cracking atmosphere and a very good example of my local tipple. This photo captures pub life.
We had high hopes for this place as we could see the sign from our B&B over the road that proclaimed live music. But how good will The Endings be?
|Bathed in Orange. With Live Music|
We manage to get a seat at the back and peer at the action through gaps in the bar.
|The Endings at the Vaults|
With our room in such close proximity to the action, there's no point in going home.
Our extended stay is rewarded with a rendition of "A Fairy Tale of New York" and we know Xmas is on the horizon.