Like the Bree Louise, some love the Wenlock, while others really seem to hate it.
Having been a couple of times now, we’re of the view that it’s not as bad (smelly, grotty etc.) as its detractors say, and, in fact, has a lot of charm. The overwhelming feeling was as if we’d gone back in time. It’s like finding yourself back in the eighties, which has a certain appeal for us nostalgic types.
It is also one of those rare places that manages to attract a very broad range of people, from Shoreditch trendies, via tickers, to cockneys swapping racing tips.
The beer was in excellent nick. Wentworth Vanilla Stout was creamy — not like John Smith’s extra smooth, it just had lots of body and coated the mouth very pleasantly.
We were amazed by Harvey’s Ration Ale. A mere 2.7% but really flavoursome — more so than many beers we’ve had at more than 4%.
Welton’s Le Coq, more-or-less as promised, tasted like something strong and continental, although actually came in at a user-friendly 5.1%.
What is with the constant drive time radio, though? Isn’t that one of those peripheral CAMRA bugbears?