Non-descript Pubs #1: Pubs At Service Stations

I know how much Dave likes a series and I’m sure Non-descript pubs is a winner.  All of those potential readers of my blog will no doubt be hooked in by such a catchy title.

To be fair to the pubs in question, the staff were pleasant and it sold cask ale but a Brewers Fayre attached to a Premier Inn at Junction 13 on the M42 roundabout is always going to struggle to entice in your beer buffs.

The Flagstaff Services have mushroomed over the past few years and now incorporate exciting food outlets such as a drive through Greggs and a drive through Starbucks to go with the drive through golden arches already on site.

753 – Flagstaff Island LE65 1JP has been there a while but it won’t win any prizes for ‘interestingly named pub.’  To be named after a roundabout on the outskirts of Ashby De La Zouch is very non-descript, even for this series, but the planners always know best.

It was an early Sunday afternoon post Beermat junior cricket as part of his initiation into the world of #publife and I was amazed to find a ‘local’ in there. 

Not sure where he lives but there was a jolly old boy at the bar who knew the staff and had a pint of his ‘usual.’  He could of course been like the Major from Fawlty Towers and a permanent resident but it looked to me like he was a regular so even motorway service stations have pubmen attached to them.

There followed a cunning game of Guess The Cask…

that’s right it’s obviously Pedigree! 

There was, in fact, a Pedigree pump tucked away behind this Doom Bar livery (will that be a thing in 40 years like Bass and Double Diamond) serving very decent ale.

And that’s it really.  Beermat junior was placated with some chicken and chips and the staff were friendly but, as you’d expect in a pub attached to a Premier Inn not near to any housing stack, not a lot occurred.

Still, a tick is a tick and I’m sure readers can point out a few more non-descript pubs in this burgeoning series…

(removes tongue from cheek)

14 thoughts on “Non-descript Pubs #1: Pubs At Service Stations

  1. Mrs PBT’s and I have stayed in more than our fair share of Premier Inns over the years, and whilst I prefer an independently owned establishment as a place to lay my head when travelling solo, I can’t argue with the good lady’s logic that you know what you are getting with a Premier.

    The same can be said of the Brewer’s Fayre outlets which, as your article points out, are likely to be non-descript, but still “pleasant enough.” Any port in a storm, as any seasoned traveller will tell you, even if the establishment is named after a roundabout!

    Thinking about it, things have gone full circle, as for decades, important road junctions, or even whole areas have been named after the pub that stood nearby. Think Robin Hood roundabout, or the famous Air Balloon junction, near Gloucester. In London, we have the Elephant & Castle and the Angel tube stations, both named after former pubs, which were once prominent in the area, and there must be scattered up and down the country.

    Interesting to find a local or two propping up the bar, especially a Major-type like the character from Fawlty Towers. Like many others, I eagerly await the next installment in this series.

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    1. Great to hear from you Paul and your comment is a better read than my blog! You’re right I’m thinking of The Robin Hood in Hall Green and The Highwood in Olton both named after roundabouts or roads..
      Mrs PBT is talking sense as Premier Inns are always reliable and will have a bar attached – however non descript!!! The local was a bonus and good value and an open pub is preferable to a shut one!
      Cheers

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  2. Mrs PBT’s and I have stayed in more than our fair share of Premier Inns over the years, and whilst I prefer an independently owned establishment as a place to lay my head when travelling solo, I can’t argue with the good lady’s logic that you know what you are getting with a Premier.

    The same can be said of the Brewer’s Fayre outlets which, as your article points out, are likely to be non-descript, but still “pleasant enough.” Any port in a storm, as any seasoned traveller will tell you, even if the establishment is named after a roundabout!

    Thinking about it, things have gone full circle, as for decades, important road junctions, or even whole areas have been named after the pub that stood nearby. Think Robin Hood roundabout, or the famous Air Balloon junction, near Gloucester. In London, we have the Elephant & Castle and the Angel tube stations, both named after former pubs, which were once prominent in the area, and there must be scattered up and down the country.

    Interesting to find a local or two propping up the bar, especially a Major-type like the character from Fawlty Towers. Like many others, I eagerly await the next installment in this series.

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  3. Apologies for the double entry, BeerMat. I’ve been having trouble recently, commenting on WordPress sites, but normally the issue is my comment doesn’t make it onto the page.

    This time, it’s appeared twice – so all or nothing! Please delete the duplicate comment.

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  4. I’ve got one of these to do soon Beermat, The Ladybridge is over the road from Ventura Park, on a traffic island and attached to a Premier Inn. I’ll have less material than a Katie Price skirt !!

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  5. Last March I had a nasty accident during a storm on the Lerwick – Aberdeen ferry which necessitated spending most of the following day in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary A&E. Mrs B managed to book us into a nearby Premier Inn which, praise the lord, had a pub attached to it, the Tappit Hen. It was utterly nondescript and didn’t even have any cask although it did seem to have some regulars. No matter, I don’t think I’ve ever been so glad to be in a pub.

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    1. Sorry to hear about the accident but delighted to hear that your better half booked you into a Premier Inn with a pub! I’m always amazed these places have regulars but I reckon these non descript places will survive!
      There’s no such thing as a bad open pub!

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