England > West Midlands > Gornal
niquillis (237) Stoke on Trent, England | April 14, 2015
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Descended on this place as part of a Potteries CAMRA coach tour. Pub coped well with 50 thirsty Stokies. Good boozer and there was even a Titanic beer Iíd not seen before.
47574xeCD (17) Godís Country, England | January 2, 2015
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Frequented this venue numerous times before and since Fownes appeared on the scene. Very handy off the No 1 bus sroute (Tettenhall - Wolverhampton - Dudley) which runs ever 7-8 mins in the day and every 20mins evenings and sundays. Beer is always in excellent condition and the Fownes can be a nice detraction from the normal "twig" as some may say. Often have Titanic on as previous house beer was brewed by them.
LewisKingBeer (12) Birmingham, England | June 27, 2014
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
Low ceilings, beams... centuries old Upper Gornal boozer.Lots of low gravity golden ales on offer and a couple of Fownes brews which are made on site. Old fashioned charm and efficient staff. Main bus between Dudley and Wolverhampton stops right outside.
Leighton (710) London, England | November 6, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited during the 2013 RateBeer Black Country Bus Bash. A nice little boozer. Focuses mostly on lower-ABV session beers (which is pretty common for the area). Itís a classic, low-ceilinged affair with cozy seating and absolutely no pretense. Efficient staff. A nice place to experience British session drinking.
Boudicca (949) London, England | July 20, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
An old roadside brewpub Ė home to the Fownes brewery. The Jolly Crispin has nine hand pumps with a good selection of beer from Fownes and guest breweries. The pub looks as if it is sinking into the ground, which it may well be as itís quite old. A black and white photo on the wall shows it looking quite bucolic in 1901 as a low stone building with a horse and cart outside. The passageway between the front and back areas is built of large old stone blocks and thereís a big stone sit-in fireplace but otherwise it has probably been altered on numerous occasions over the years. We visited on the Ratebeer Black Country Bash and the sole barman, who hadnít been expecting a sudden influx of beer geeks, did a marvellous job of serving us and making us feel welcome.
(Visited 6 July 2013).
madmitch76 (154) , England | July 14, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Love these sort of pubs. Low ceilings, beams. Clearly been a pub for centuries! Nice vibe here. Decent ales. Service was surprisingly quick given the lack of staff. All in all just lovely characterful old pub with decent ales.
BlackHaddock (427) , England | July 12, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
I too visited during the íBlack Countryí trip on 6th July 2013: this however was my fourth time, having been before on íbus-tripsí.
First time since they started brewing though, enjoyed the two beers I had of theirs (and the Allgates one. Always had a good selection of Real Ales in excellent order and always full because of the bus loads Iíve been with!
Not a great ílookerí but a good honest pub and Iím always pleased when the bus pulls up outside no matter who has organised the trip.
Theydon_Bois (853) Tourist Town (West), England | July 9, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited on 06/07/13 on the RB Black country bus shindiggidy. Located on a busy road the Crispin is a pretty unasuming boozer. Inside however reveals a central bar betwixt 2 rooms dispensing 9 beers via cask. 4 from Fownes who brew out the back and 5 guests including Oakham, Allgates and Dark Star.
Only 1 barman at around 1pm and he did well to serve the 15 or so who came off the bus in addition to a few locals.
Check out the punch pads in the gents - Iíve never seen the like in all the pub bogs Iíve visited!
Didnít rate for food but I had a well filled cheese and onion bap for abour £1.50.
Well worth taking in on a Black Country crawl.
jackl (528) Charlottesville, Virginia | July 7, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited during the Ratebeer Black Country Bash. Pretty unspectacular interior with a two sided bar. The beer selectionís relatively large. 9 beers on cask. Fownes featured prominently alongside a few guests. The barman was slammed, but handled the situation pretty gracefully. The prices were very fair. Overall, an excellent spot to come and get your tick on, though I donít think itíd be my first port of call in the area.
RichTheVillan (61) , England | July 7, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited as part of Rate Beer Black Country Bus Bash; great place friendly staff and clientele the Fownes beers are decent and well kept.
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