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Eagle Vaults, Worcester

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The entry in my notebook detailing the arrival of Retired Martin  and his mate is timed at 1557hrs, your Honour.

Yes Sir, the crawl did begin at around 1130hrs.

Yes, I wasn’t quite sure whether he was making it up about having brought a mate? It turns out, Sir, that the said mate spent a good half hour leant against the stunning frontage of the pub eating what he said was a Pork bap.

Your honour, I am 100% certain that the sandwich he was eating was definitely not a bap. Not in any parlance. If asked to give an opinion I would say it was a long thin bread roll of the type often described as a Submarine roll. 

I did hear the bread described as a Baguette at one point, but that was uttered by people who disagree on what English bread rolls should be properly called, so what would they know about French bread shapes?

If it indeed were proper French bread, then Charles’ sandwich would have been in a Baton or even a Ficelle, although I didn’t get close enough to examine it your honour, it was definitely not the much longer Baguette.

Either way, he sort of messes up my photograph of the tiled exterior which is listed (Grade II). I couldn’t make out which parts of the interior were recent and which were original, it was hard to tell. What I saw, old or new, was a very nice example of pubitechture. Notably the long case clock built into the back of the bar, whose second hand gave everything away.

So did the range of Marston’s brands on the bar: Banks Amber & Sunbeam, Boon Doggle, Eagle IPA and Weston’s Old Rosie. If I were a betting man, the only dead cert to not have been brewed in Wolverhampton would be the Old Rosie, and even then I wouldn’t be surprised if Marston’s have taken them over by the time I press publish on this post!

To be fair the beer was in decent condition, but the Sunbeam left a nasty astringent taste on both sides, towards the posterior of my tongue. I didn’t like it. Everyone else thought their beer was good, although I think they all went for the Bank’s Bitter aka Amber. I think there’s only me Pubexplorer and Mrs C that’s not big into this retro beer thing. I mean, if things don’t move on then we’d never have got to see the wonderful tiled exterior of the Eagle Vaults and we’d have been sitting in a wattle and daub construction. Mind you, the draughts might have got rid of the strange smell, sort of like a kiddies pram that had been sicked on, handed down from child to child, but never washed.

And No, that’s not a jibe at the young mother who wandered in with the toddler, the smell was there before she came in. Just makes you wonder how often a lot of pubs actually swab their bare wooden floors, or do they just think they are a labour saving device?

I quite liked the assortment of wooden parlour games, but wondered how often they would get played with? Certainly none of the regular drinkers chatting to the landlord around the bar were bothered. That was another plus point, the presence of the licensee behind the bar in a town pub, engaging with his customers.

Verdict; Nice pub but if they’d told me it was a Marston’s chain pub I would have just enjoyed it from the outside and gone to the nearby Hop Lords which for the life in me I couldn’t find later on. Probably because WhatPub now tells me it would have been closed.

How long before all these micro style pop-ups start to apply to extend the hours on their ‘easier to obtain’, ‘we’re not really a pub’, curtailed hours licences? Or are they happier just shutting up earlier, going home and watching the telly?

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  1. The publican on our visit was very chatty. He took us upstairs to see what he believes to be the oldest part of the building. The floor planks upstairs were original flooring from what he told us. Very wide planking. He didn’t really point out dates in the pub area. Loved the façade of the building.

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      • I was actually told this last month in Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich. Wide floorboards indicate a date before the Napoleonic Wars, as all the decent timber was then used up to build warships. The house has a reproduction Tudor room, which was created in the 1930s, but the width of the floorboards indicates they had been rescued from somewhere else.

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  2. Guilty on all counts. Half an hour for the baguette was about right.

    I think I warmed to the pub, the regulars and Landlord more than the beer, NBSS 3 at a pinch. Worcester in a nutshell.

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      • Yes, in the Albert Vaults the clock face and mechanism have been replaced but the surrounding woodwork and most of what I saw inside the pub looks genuine late Victorian.
        There might be a few old features in the Victoria but we were sat surrounded by woodwork and glasswork that looked to be a clever reproduction very much like Humphrey pays vast sums for to turn back the clock a hundred years or more and give stunning but fake interiors to some of his pubs.

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      • Excerpt from WhatPub about Eagle Vaults; A traditional city centre pub with a splendid Grade II listed exterior of tiles and etched windows. The small bar, and adjoining saloon area, have been tastefully refurbished, keeping many original features.

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  3. I have to admit I was at a loss on the beer selection here, so I went for the the one you don’t really see down south, the Sunbeam, it was of course very average. Mid pint I disappeared in the general direction of Hop Lords and had an excellent half a keg Vibrant Forest Cambrian Root. When I returned back to The Eagle Vaults, Martin and Charles had magically materialised . Eagle Vaults , a much better and nicer looking enviroment but the beer was so much better in Hop Lords.

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