Jolly Crispin (Fownes) | Gornal, West Midlands
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Jolly Crispin (Fownes)
Good based on 10 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

25 Clarence Street
Gornal, West Midlands England DY3 1UL [ print map ]
01902 672220 | facebook | twitter

Hours: Mon-Thu 4-11, Fri & Sat 12-11, Sun 12-10.30

Taps: 9 | Bottles: 0

Jolly Crispin (Fownes)

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10 reviews for Jolly Crispin (Fownes)
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  82%
 Selection  73%
 Food N/A 
 Value  77%
 Overall  76%
 Rating  84%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 12/20
LewisKingBeer  (12) Birmingham, England | June 27, 2014
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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton  (638) London, England | November 6, 2013
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
Boudicca  (732) London, England | July 20, 2013
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).
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76  (144) , England | July 14, 2013
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock  (383) , England | July 12, 2013
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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois  (745) The íSham, England | July 9, 2013
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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
jackl  (448) Charlottesville, Virginia | July 7, 2013
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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan  (59) , England | July 7, 2013
Visited as part of Rate Beer Black Country Bus Bash; great place friendly staff and clientele the Fownes beers are decent and well kept.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub  (524) Banbury, England | December 22, 2012
We have visited this pub many times on our Black Country tours and have always enjoyed it. Right on the main bus route through, the bus drops off outside and on entering you are straight into a world of calm from the bustle outside.There is always a large, interesting and well kept range of beers, they always seem to carry the latest Oakham specials. We favour the little bar to the left on entry, but to be fair, anywhere in the pub is worth parking up and spending some quality time. Excellent.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
DanielBrown  (272) Birmingham (via Leicester), England | December 19, 2010
Visited as part of the amazing íGornal runí. My final pub in Gornal for this visit. Right at the top of the hill and yet another different, but equally brilliant location. Olde world front bar, with dark, cave-like alcoves and a good choice of guest ales. The back is a plush lounge with chintzy curtains and probably a big garden (it was too dark to see). Another great place. Honestly, everyone should make a point of coming to Gornal, it will reinvigorate your faith in good beer and pubs.

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