Saturday, March 5

The Chip Foundation Stays At Home

First off, a bit of a confession. I've been so busy exploring recently that I haven't had chance to update the blog, so now I've got a bit of catching up to do. To that end, here are some selected highlights from the Chip Foundation's Wolverhampton outing from Friday 25th February...

THE NEWHAMPTON: Doing a Wolverhampton trip was a bit of a novelty for us, but the Combermere Arms got us off to a flying start with an excellent curry lunch and friendly service. We then decamped to the Newhampton to admire a trophy fish and get this group shot posed in the traditional ambience of the smoke room.

THE SUMMERHOUSE: This pub closed down for a while but I'm glad to say it has re-opened and we enjoyed a swift half in here, our beer choices aided by a very knowledgable barman. Here is an exterior photo showing the building looking very smart.

THE SWAN: The railway walk leads us on a muddy trail to Compton where we can visit one of my favourite inns. The Swan is full of character (and characters!), including an authentic looking bar with wooden benches and a proper games room with dartboard. We however found ourselves in the cosy lounge where Mr B models his lemonade and blackcurrant.

THE ROYAL OAK: A lungbusting hike up The Holloway brought us next to the Royal Oak at Tettenhall Wood, a decent local pub where Stephen and 'Nickolenko' had a bizarre debate about the relative merits of winking, blinking and squinting, I kid you not!

Stephen inspects the timetable whilst on the lookout for a 501 or 510 to return us towards Wolverhampton.

THE CHINDIT: The day's final port of call involved the unpretentious surroundings of The Chindit, complete with music posters and artex walls. It's a fine place to relax, chat and enjoy some beer, so here I am obliging with a taste of Essington Blonde. An excellent day exploring pub haunts in western Wolverhampton, it might be worth staying on home territory more often!!

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