Breaking Beermat News In Balsall Common

I’m as eco-friendly as the next man but some changes are a step too far!   I walk to work so I’ve got a low carbon footprint, recycle any plastics and cardboard and try not to print whenever possible.

However, on a trip to London last week I was enjoying my usual expensive pint of craft murk from Seven Sisters Brewery in the Euston Tap…

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…and heard some disturbing news.

This boozer, as well as having great beer, always had a beermat to go with your pint but it was napkins only on this occasion.

I spoke to the very friendly barman and he said it was something to do with saving paper and being greener meaning no more beermats!

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This could make tegestology even more niche than it already is and if you go into a boozer and it is beermat free is that progressive?

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Anyway, this edict from London hasn’t quite reached Balsall Common yet, as they were still on view at 406 – The Brickmakers Arms CV7 7EG.

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I popped in late on a Sunday afternoon and this boozer, which is about 100 yards from The Railway Inn, has been around since the 17th Century.

It’s got a bar, snug and lounge and food is on the agenda but it still felt to me like it always did and is a pub serving food rather than the other way round despite what the advertising says.

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A group of four blokes were waxing lyrical in the bar with some great late Sunday afternoon conversations about nothing in general but somehow it seems to flow after a few beers.

(rare sighting of a beermat)

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They could, of course, have been talking about the upcoming British Par 3 championships that take place at Nailcote Hall every year and is returning in August…

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but they didn’t look like they were about to start a round (of golf, beer maybe)…more like 19th hole players to me.

I had a terrific pint of BBB, (Bitter) from Lees Brewery, which I’d never seen in the West Midlands before.

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The pub wasn’t packed by any stretch but there were kids outside in the beer garden, couples eating in the lounge and drinkers dotted around in the snug, bar, lounge and beer garden and it had that friendly late afternoon Sunday feel to it

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…the calm after the storm.

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Considering Balsall Common is relatively well to do it has a couple of excellent level of ‘pubiness’ in its two boozers near to the station.

(M&B livery!)

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Another solid boozer, second to the Railway Inn IMO but in easy reach of public transport and well worth a visit

19 thoughts on “Breaking Beermat News In Balsall Common

  1. “and try not to print whenever possible.”

    Hence the blog… though that does use up a wee bit of electricity. 😉

    “and he said it was something to do with saving paper and being greener meaning no more beermats!”

    Sheesh! Surely using napkins is not as eco-friendly?

    “This could make tegestology even more niche than it already is”

    Good lord. I didn’t know they actually had a name for that!

    “conversations about nothing in general but somehow it seems to flow after a few beers.”

    Yep. 🙂

    “(rare sighting of a beermat)”

    I was looking for your reflection in the glass. (LOL)

    “but they didn’t look like they were about to start a round (of golf, beer maybe)”

    (slow golf clap)

    “I had a terrific pint of BBB, (Bitter)”

    I thought the last B in BBB stood for bitter?

    “Considering Balsall Common is relatively well to do it has a couple of excellent level of ‘pubiness’ in its two boozers near to the station.”

    Both of which are probably considered to be ‘on the other side of the tracks’. 😉

    “second to the Railway Inn IMO but in easy reach of public transport and well worth a visit”

    Being a close second is nothing to sniff at.

    Cheers

    PS – No, nothing grammatical, just wanted to say I appreciate you putting in the post codes. It makes trying to look something up on Google Maps way easier than choosing between four or five possibilities. 🙂

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    1. I aim to please my North American readership Russ!!! BBB is parlance for Boring Brown Bitter but I always put the title and brewer of beer and it was imaginatively titled…Bitter!!! Good gag on the ‘other side of the tacks…’Hasn’t gone unnoticed!!!

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  2. Long may Balsall Common remain a bastion of the beermat – while I wouldn’t claim to be a tegestologist, I do have a small collection of mats from Black Country breweries and particularly like the vintage ones from the 70s or 80s. Brickmakers is a good boozer although the Railway edges it for me. That Lees Bitter looks very tempting. Cheers, Paul

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  3. Would have thought single use napkins are less eco friendly than beermats and both should be recyclable anyway. Enjoyed the post. The Par 3 championships sound good but a Putting one would be even better.

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  4. Love the branding on the J W Lees – still ‘Bitter’, but someone felt they ought to put ‘Amber Ale’ on there. Makes me laugh when traditional brewers try to upcycle themselves into modern entities. Roger P makes some really good points in his article along these lines in What’s Brewing.

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