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Seven Stars, Rugby

I could have stayed in the Seven Stars all afternoon. Okay, the beer selection wasn’t particularly ‘New wave’, in fact it was typically ‘Old school’, but the quality was decent. I went for Brit Hop King of the Kerb, a 3.2% mild, about NBSS 3, I thought. From memory it was £1.60 for a half. I can’t remember whether that included the 10% CAMRA discount or not? Whatever, the prices were very reasonable.

Pubcurmudgeon didn’t think my recommendation was a good one, declaring it a bit thin, I’m not sure what he was expecting from a 3.2% mild? I quite liked the nutty character, and it was just the job for a first half at the beginning of a Beer and Pubs forum day out.

There were eleven cask ales on and two good quality keg beers. Two of the beers were from the Marston’s stable and two from Everards, the not brewing their own beer at the current time, owners of the pub.

Looking at the board, the assembled BBB aficionados and one of the recent CAMRA members resolutions, I wondered when all boring brown beers would be brewed in Wolverhampton and sold at at the same price across pubs in the UK?

The pub had that lovely ‘clean’ smell. It was nicely decorated too. One main room wending it’s way around the bar and a smaller back room. Outside there was a pleasant enclosed yard. Commensurate with the towns name, there was a big Rugby theme going on, and not just here neither. I suppose if you invented the eponymous game then you are entitled, as a town, to do it to death. Just don’t forget, it became greatly improved in 1895.

I noticed three groups of Worthington E ceramic figures on a shelf. Graham, the landlord invited me to take them down. I’d never seen any like this before, Beswick too. He explained they were promotional material, buy so many kegs in a set period to obtain a figure, keep buying and collect all three.

Graham came across them whilst he was at his previous pub. They belonged to a customers father in law who had passed away. The chap had been a senior figure at Bass. Graham told me how much he’d paid, fair value I thought, but I would happily have given him several times that to take them away. I got disapproving looks from Mrs C when I said that.

I remember similar items in my Dad’s pub. Seeing the figures brought back memories of me and my sister throwing darts at a group of Guinness Toucans on the wall of the Club room. No one thought they were worth anything in the 70’s.

Overall, a decent, well run pub, I thought, deserving of Good Beer Guide status and the many CAMRA accolades on the wall.

19 replies »

  1. “A bit thin” couldn’t be said of my Marston’s Old Empire there as my third pint of the day.
    I think it and Fuller’s Bengal Lancer are as close to the proper nineteenth century IPAs as we’re likely to find and, of course, Old Empire has the provenance of being brewed at a Victorian brewery in Burton on Trent.

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    • I’ve not tried Old Empire as it’s Marston’s and unlike you I’m in a position where I can avoid them, but I agree with Bengal Lancers, and maybe Holden’s Black Country Special I had in the Great Western?


  2. I didn’t realize Rugby was in China. Nice you guys could all get away together. Bit more traditional looking than the other places you went.


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