Visited 31/05/17. A pub of two halves - the atmospheric and small original pub at the front. At the rear what was described to me as ’the estate pub’. Two Fownes beers on and an interesting enough array of real ale casks. Lively atmosphere, aided by a massive St Bernard rolling around on the floor. Friendly bar staff. Good view over Birmingham from the rear car park.
Visited as part of the Black Country brewpub run with Travlr, Richthevillan and jmgreenuk. I liked this pub, characterful and friendly, very traditional. A good selection of casks. Three from their own brewery and the rest were guests from some solid breweries such as Salopian and Abbeydale. I will definitely need to revisit this place.
Part of the Black Country pub crawl organized by SarkyNorthener, RichTheVillan and jmgreenuk. Very characterful older pub. Three of their beers on when we visited, plus some interesting guests (more interesting than their beers, I’m afraid). One of the highlights was the headrests in the gents’ toilet, with separate left-handed and right-handed steadying posts.
Gorgeous brewpub in Upper Gornal (between Dudley and Wolverhampton for those of us less geographically inclined). A smaller public bar in the front, with a spacious lounge in the back. Nine real ales served, on my visit three house and six guest. The brewery’s beers are quite good, but the overall atmosphere seems a bit staid... Or maybe I’ve been spoiled by the sheer awesomeness of Black Country boozers?
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.
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.
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). It’s a classic, low-ceilinged affair with cozy seating and absolutely no pretense. Efficient staff. A nice place to experience British session drinking.
An old roadside brewpub – 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 it’s 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 there’s 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 hadn’t been expecting a sudden influx of beer geeks, did a marvellous job of serving us and making us feel welcome.
(Visited 6 July 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.