Cor Blimey guvnor, who’d have thought it eh? I was just about to hold my hands up and say that The Wickingman had finally sussed me out and I was becoming a #MiddleEnglandPubMan.
You know what I mean…no more edgy estate pubs but pleasant village boozers with beer gardens and very pukka punters.
The sort of places former Winshill boy turned Peak District connoisseur Thurman takes his other half to every week and why not!
However, just as I was about to report on the 620 – Bird in Hand CV9 3EG in Austrey, Mudgie copied me into a Tweet.
It was one of those Tweets that left me thinking WTF!
Apparently this chap is a renowned beer writer, which is great, but how can you not want pubs to be vibrant and chaotic! The very essence of pubs.
Having a craic at the bar, having a play up, drinking too much, avoiding the bar blockers and acerbic humour are just some of the things I miss when faced with table service.
Don’t get me wrong, anyone who visits a pub has a valid opinion but I really hope I don’t inhabit a world whereby I am ostracised for wanting to stand at a bar or even sing and have a laugh.
Anyway, feeling bullish that I am still an estate pub type of geezer compared to the Twitterati, I spent a very pleasant half hour in the thatched timber-framed 15th century pub.
Just two miles from Twycross Zoo this place is an authentic Middle England village pub on the borders of Warwickshire (West Midlands for this blog) and it is a tidy village.
An imposing church
allied to a classic pub and the ability just to walk in and sit down (outside on a table) for a beer means this is still a local.
Hobgoblin Gold (Wychwood)
In keeping with life post covid it was (a) pretty full and lively for a Saturday afternoon (b) had terrific cask beer on, albeit at northwards of four quid and (c) just felt absolutely magnificent!
There were lots of ankle biters, families, couples and it felt like most of the inhabitants of the village had descended on the local boozer….
What else can I say? The sun was shining, the beer was flowing and everyone seemed happy with life. However, I am looking forward to returning to the general cut and thrust of pubs such as The Springfield on keep me on my toes!!