It’s time for a couple of behemoths. Big Hitters. Classic boozers. Pubs on most people’s bucket list who like ‘proper’ pubs.
One such example is 226 – The Dog DE14 3QZ which is an absolute classic Black Country Ales Boozer. Any pub in Burton that wins an award (therefore beating the Coopers and The Burton Bridge to name but two, then you know it has to be good).
Martin has waxed lyrical about this place in great detail https://retiredmartin.com/2017/11/19/burtons-dog-black-country-redemption/ and his description of paint-splattered punters is absolutely spot on.
My drinking buddy and I walked from The Barley Mow in Stapenhill to here on a Wednesday evening at around 9.30 and whilst Burton doesn’t always get a good press for its greenery there is plenty about and what a view from the bridge…
I can remember what this place was like before Black Country Ales took it on in 2015 and they have done a cracking job with it.
Or to be fair, the landlord, John McLaughlin, has done a great job with it and having a vibrant young gaffer in charge of a boozer definitely helps.
He clearly loves his ales as there are frequent tap takeovers, beer festivals and is Burton CAMRA pub of the year in both 2016 and 2017.
However, it just feels like a boozer that could be selling any beer. There was a group of sixtysomethings getting stuck into Bass and other assorted delights at one end whilst there were big pockets of young people having a drink too in a hugely chilled out vibe.
It is a half-timbered 19th century terrace pub and just fits in with the surroundings perfectly and feels very ‘Burton.’
The barman was wearing a Liverpool top and in good spirits (unbeknown to him the result that was looming) and with sky sports on a variety of screens there is the option to watch if you want.
However, with the sound down it never felt intrusive and a fantastic amount of beers on but I plumped for a half of Bass and realised that there don’t appear to be any half pint Bass glasses with the red triangle on…one for Phil Hammond to sort out I reckon.
A top boozer and well worth a visit when in town.