Fathers Day Delight As Germans H-owl In Anguish

 

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This is clearly not a headline for the German readers of this blog (currently zero and unlikely to improve) but is there anything better for a Father on our day than watching World Cup anguish for Germany?  I have to say I suspect not and once I’d seen my old man in Solihull a trip to a boozer in Lichfield was order of the day for a meal with in-laws and kids.

It was as if they knew a draw for Argentina with Iceland wasn’t quite enough yesterday so, a defeat for Angela Merkel’s mob against Mexico to hopefully set the alarm bells ringing from Dresden to Dortmund, was a perfect Father’s Day pressie.

(more pictures of German heartache)

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I knew this of course as I was in the beer garden with a gaggle of kids at 234 – The Owl at Lichfield WS14 9QH catching up with the last 20 minutes waiting for a marvellous slice of cheesecake.

(birdcage…for the owl presumably)

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It’s a big old roadside boozer and the first one you meet heading north into Lichfield and it’s definitely not a pub for people with ornithophobia.

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If you weren’t aware that this pub was owl-themed then it wouldn’t take long to find out as there are pictures and sculptures everywhere…

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although I was slightly disappointed to find there wasn’t a falconry display on whilst I was eating my salmon…think they’ve missed a trick there.

However, there was a very good beer on Flag Stone (Lymestone) and I tried a couple just to make sure it was as good as I first thought.

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This is very much a food led boozer and it was absolutely heaving with kids, dads and mums all tucking into none too cheap, but very tasty and well presented meals.  However, it is one of the politest pubs I have ever been in with welcoming smiles from punters and staff alike and the only bloke in there just having a drink, heavily tattooed and bar blocker supreme, was affable, so no complaints there.

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It also does a roaring trade and I reckon it’s a magnet for the great and good of Lichfield and our party of ten were made to feel welcome.

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My brother in law did spot someone he knows who claimed he was still “lagging” from last night – is that just a Brummie phrase?  The food was good but service was slow and this was recognised by the gaffer who was top notch.

Charlie, who could have been based in central Birmingham such was his accent, said he was going to the kitchen to have a “hissy fit” due to the delay between courses and he then knocked 20% off the bill and gave us £30 vouchers to eat there again.

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I would rather have seen his hissy fit as I reckon that would have been worth the price of a meal but we took his word for it and it did enable me the opportunity to see Germany flounder against Mexico!

(Have I mentioned the score?)

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This isn’t really a boozer to go for just a drink with mates but, the beer was excellent and the football was on outside (possibly temporary for the World Cup) so, as venues for a Father’s Day meal go, I could think of plenty worse.

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14 thoughts on “Fathers Day Delight As Germans H-owl In Anguish

  1. This approach “I tried a couple just to make sure it was as good as I first thought” is becoming more and more attractive to me. Why not have more than one of a good beer. We did this at the Burton Bridge in with the bitter. Great beer and having two only enhanced the experience.

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  2. “but is there anything better for a Father on our day than watching World Cup anguish for Germany?”

    The gift voucher my lads sent me via email for the local brewpub wasn’t too bad. 🙂

    “(birdcage…for the owl presumably)”

    It’s certainly not something to use if it’s bloody raining! (LOL)

    “and it’s definitely not a pub for people with ornithophobia.”

    You should try out for Jeopardy!

    “although I was slightly disappointed to find there wasn’t a falconry display on whilst I was eating my salmon”

    I think that’s because the falcons would dive down and eat your salmon. 😉

    “and I tried a couple just to make sure it was as good as I first thought.”

    LOL – great excuse. Will have to try that with the missus next time we’re out together. 🙂

    “said he was going to the kitchen to have a “hissy fit” due to the delay between courses and he then knocked 20% off the bill and gave us £30 vouchers to eat there again.”

    Wow. Well done him!

    “(Have I mentioned the score?)”

    I’d be a bit leery of saying that until England has finished playing on Monday. 🙂

    “I could think of plenty worse.”

    Agreed. All in all, not too shabby.

    Cheers!

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  3. Used to be an Ansells pub called the Shoulder of Mutton. I’ve often driven past it, as it’s on the A446/A38/A51 route through the Midlands avoiding the motorway through Birmingham, but the only time I’ve ever actually called in was a couple of years ago to visit the toilet when the entire road network in the area seemed to be snarled up.

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    1. I used to meet at the bassets pole every day travelling through to stoke from Brum in nineties and had some great afternoons in there! Yes a little more food based now but still got a few post match drinkers

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  4. Another Lichfield pub I’ve driven past on many occasions on the way to/from our boat’s mooring. Your description is pretty much what I’d expected. Maybe, when they get the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal reopened it will be near enough for a visit (if I’m still alive!!)

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      1. I’m not holding my breath – they’ve been working on it since 1990 and in 2011 they got water into one small section. There are a lot of logistical difficulties with it and I doubt I’ll see them all overcome!

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