I like to keep you on your toes on this blog and after the delights of a Derbyshire Peak District classic, it is back down to Staffordshire and one of those not quite Stoke/not quite Lichfield villages
A week after England’s Euro final defeat there are still plenty of positives…. The pubs are due to open fully in “Freedom Day” tomorrow. I don’t have to listen to some of the
very dull and dreary co commentators on ITV/BBC passing on “their knowledge” every night of the week.
And finally, the country’s nerves, which were shredded, can return to normal.
Take 650 -The Olde Peculiar WS15 4DP in Handsacre for example. A classic old village pub next door to Armitage and close to the Trent & Mersey canal it is a one-roomer spilt into different levels.
This punter, a chatty friendly feller, stood waiting for a seat and confirmed, “I’ve never smoked so many cigarettes! I can’t wait for it to end! We always make it difficult – that’s what England do! “
He was responding to some good-natured question from a Scottish feller who managed to go the whole conversation without mentioning the Wembley win of 1977!
He can cut down in his B&H now as we all know the outcome but a good bit of pub chat with a lad across the tables is always the sign of a good village pub.
Food led, but very much a traditional feel, there was a bloke next to me who absolutely demolished his meal without a word spoken to his better half. However, he was built like a brick outhouse, washed it down with a pint of lager, and looked like he was set for the afternoon.
Families, couples, lads, ladies that lunch, gentlefolk…this place had them all on a Sunday afternoon and the atmosphere was chilled and lazy.
As the name suggests I could have had a pint of Theakston’s finest but opted for a terrific Bread & Butter (Vocation) instead.
This was the first time I’d seen that on cask in the Midlands and it really was spectacularly good.
A bit of accommodation too and with chimney pots on the rise in Handsacre this place clearly has something for its ever expanding population…well worth a visit.