Well there’s no rush to beat Martin to this one because he went off for a shandy and curry, followed by an early bath, missing this one out. Obviously he knew something that I didn’t.
Left to my own devices I might have gone to the Posada, it’s GBG listed and looked quite appealing. All that said, there was no one in when we walked past it at, I’m guessing around six-ish. Not a single soul. This was mirrored when I made my way back to my digs at ten-ish. Not actually no one in then, just a scant few. Mind you, Wolverhampton was as quiet as the grave everywhere at that time on a Wednesday night.
Anyway, this was my least favourite pub visited in Wolverhampton. I’m still finding it difficult to describe. More like a converted shop than a pub. Long and thin, a sort of dance floor at the rear, a single room up front with a staircase and a bar along the other wall.
The conversation went along the lines of, ‘Is it a pub or a bar?’ Pub Curmudgeon cleverly resolved this, pointing out it had a plate glass inner door and therefore did not qualify as a pub. Spot on as usual.
The Dog and Doublet wasn’t exactly a hive of activity, especially when you consider that at the relevant time people would have been dropping in for one on the way home from work. Only two mature gents enjoying a pint and a group of three younger drinkers in the front window.
If I were to sum it up I’d say it was lacking atmosphere and the audible presence of a very loud and tinny Wolverhampton version of Heart Radio and ripped banquette seating did nothing to improve it.
My heart jumped a little when I saw Vocation Bread and Butter on the bar. Don’t get me wrong, there was nothing wrong with any of the beers I’d had, top quality and excellent examples of traditional Midlands brewing. It’s just I was ready for something with a bit of taste, a hoppier bite which Hebden’s Vocation brewery delivers in spades.
I was surprised when I found out the pub was GBG listed because my pint didn’t hit the spot at all. Nothing like the pubs we’d already visited and although it wasn’t poor it was only alright. If I was going to be generous I’d give it NBSS 2.75. Average at best if I’m being strict.
At this I took the hump, only took four photos and five lines of notes. The last sentence simply says, ‘Only OK’.