It seems a bit like ancient history now, but it was only last week, so I better mention Bewdley before my memories fade altogether.
I hadn't been there before, but it is immediately attractive with the Severn flowing through it and lovely old buildings lining its banks - apart that is, from a grim office block on the far bank which should never have been given planing permission. We stayed in the JDW George, a rambling old coaching house. My room was in the rafters and was immensely attractive, though a steep climb up lots of stairs. We tried a couple of the beers in the bar. Not impressive at all was Galbraith's Luncheon Ale from New Zealand (brewed at Everards) as it just seemed a middle of the road brown bitter, but we were happy to find in form Purity Pure Gold, so all was not lost. The young staff here were attentive, cheerful and quick, so credit where it is due.
We spent most of the day on the Severn Valley Railway, so that no-one had to drive and as it was all steam that day, enjoyed the experience, including being pulled by the new Tornado,the first steam loco to be built for donkey's years. Kidderminster was, by and large, a forgettable dump, though with a very pleasant railway buffet, restored to GWR splendour and including very decent beer. Then the long haul to Bridgenorth where we camped out in the buffet there, an old haunt. Beer was again splendid, apart from a disgusting near the end of cask Northumberland Fuggles Gold. We complained to no avail and had to buy replacements. "It is meant to taste like that" being the response. We left for our train and returned unexpectedly as our train was delayed, to find the Fuggles Gold off and the lines being cleaned. Naughty.
No great pub crawl in the evening. Just three highly recommended pubs, the delightfully busy Mug House for more Purity and Hereford IPA, the Waggon and Horses with Wye Valley Butty Bach and more and the Woodcolliers Arms for a nightcap of real cider from Westons.
Bewdley as an absolute delight . Go there if you can.
The photos show my mate Steve experiencing the Fuggles Gold and a view of Bewdley with the Mug House in the background.
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