The GBG is out!!! And, as Martin quite rightly notes in his recent post, it is a terrific effort from the local CAMRA branches to make sure pubs have been visited.
Of course, Burton upon Trent, the home of brewing, has a few nominees although I suspect 603 – The Wyggeston DE13 0UN isn’t one of them.
However, this behemoth of a backstreet local in the Horninglow region of Burton
is a classic boozer and has the added bonus of selling Bass…at £2.30 a pint!
Yes, that’s right, a pint of Burton’s finest amber nectar retailing at two for less than a fiver and in remarkably good nick – what more do you need?
Horninglow is to Burton what Digbeth is to Birmingham;
it has the Trent & Mersey canal in close proximity as opposed to the Birmingham & Fazeley canal but would be defined with gritty old skool pubs like The Big Bulls Head and The Wyggy.
(Steak & Kidney Pie + chips = magnificent)
There are hundreds of chimney pots and terraced houses on Horninglow Road and The Wyggeston sits on the corner of Calais Street and was built by Salt’s Brewery in 1904.
It was a hotel back in the day and reminds me a bit of The Olton Tavern in Solihull in so much that it is a big boozer and a starting point for the evening ahead.
By that I mean there are plenty of locals but also lads who are warming up for a night in Burton/Derby and this place was buzzing.
It is big enough to cope with social distancing and big numbers and, at about half three on a Friday, there was a crackle in the air.
I tried to order a pint by texting, which didn’t seem to work, and a couple of old boys reckoned I should just shout very loudly!
As it happens, a barman came past and I ordered pint of Bass before picking up my jaw again as he brought it back with £2.70 change from a fiver..
The jukebox had some decent tunes, all seemed good with the world and it was #publife as near as normal as you could imagine.
The Wyggeston won’t be in the GBG 2021 but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a cracking pub that is a real throwback and sells good cask ale…