A rare win for Blues at Albion will mean Tamworth Mark is as jolly as me this morning with a third victory of the season before the end of September almost unheralded.
I also owe Tamworth’s finest beer blogger (well, he’s in the top three) an apology, as he’s threatened to show me the sights of Tamworth for some while.
However, a knee jerk decision in July (yes, I’m playing catch up) meant Mrs BB said I could have a day in Tamworth after a long few weeks at work so I couldn’t miss an opportunity like that!
So, armed with the handy Tamworth Town Ale Trail leaflet, I started where all pre midday drinks start…in a ‘spoons.
761 – The Bole Bridge B79 7PA was absolutely rammed and had the usual array of families, lads, old boys and was doing a roaring trade at this time of day.
A pint of Phoenix Gold (Byatts) hit the spot at £2.10 and the gaffer was chatting about his impending trip to Edgbaston for the cricket – I believe something called Bazball was in its infancy…
Tamworth hasn’t always had a reputation for being salubrious but with the flowers in bloom and a castle then it’s clear to see why they think they could still rival Burton Albion if they get their act together.
762 – The Phoenix B79 7LJ is one of those town centre ‘local’ pubs that everywhere needs.
Sport on the TV, groups of fortysomethings, Baseball capped geezers, old couples on those big glasses of red and a good mix of all and sundry.
Another decent pint of homebrew Tennis Elbow (Backyard) for £3 and the atmosphere was just starting to build.
One of the pubs in Tamworth that escaped the Ale Trail was next on my list as the 763 – Old Stone Cross B79 7BX, in all its Craft Union glory, was as welcome as a Scott Hogan hat trick at The Hawthorns.
No cask on here but £2.15 (yes, that right) meant I could sit on some proper bench-seating…
listen to a background soundtrack of Bad Manners, The Clash and The Beach Boys whilst necking a pint of John Smith’s Smooth.
This place was quieter but the old lifted his head from the paper and delivered the standard Brummie greeting of “Alright mate” before returning to his pint and I took in a bit of cricket on the TV.
764 – The Penny Black B79 7AE is handily situated a stone’s throw from ‘The Cross’ and not on the Ale Trail but it’s a big Stonegate town centre pub with Hobgoblin Gold (Wychwood) at £2.60 a pint!
No wonder Mark likes a pint in Tamworth as, four pubs in, I was struggling to find a boozer that costs more than £3 for some amber nectar.
A theme was developing of friendly bar staff and friendly punters and whilst this place was relatively empty, I can imagine it picks up a fair bit of the post work crowd in the ‘golden hour’ of 4-5pm…
The Tamworth Totter was now in full swing and more to come as the sun was shining on the righteous!