Tuesday, 24 February 2015
#160 Three Tuns Inn, Fazeley, Stafforshire : 1987 to 2014
At the northern end of the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal is Fazeley Junction where it joins the Coventry Canal. The small town of Fazeley is a place where we've frequently stopped on our canal trips throughout the years. There are several pubs, but the one we've visited most, mainly because it is the nearest to the canal, is the Three Tuns Inn.
This first visit was on the evening of Wednesday 15th July 1987 as we were heading back home from a two week trip that had taken in Worcester, Stourport, Market Drayton, Middlewich, Stoke and Rugeley. I have no recollection of the interior, but I suspect that it was then, as now, a fairly standard boozer.
Our next visit was on the evening of Thursday 30th May 1996.
The outside of the pub had been completely refurbished with a new hanging sign and the introduction of a satellite dish. It would appear that it was no longer a Mann's pub.
Next visit was on Monday 30th August 1999, a lunchtime stop, but unfortunately the Three Tuns wasn't doing food, so we had a pint and moved on.
No real change to the exterior, but it is interesting to note how the net curtains have been removed in stages throughout the years!
We didn't return again until lunchtime on Sunday 21st August 2005.
Some changes to the outside, the hanging sign has gone as has the satellite dish...but the net curtains have returned!
Next visit was on Sunday 29th August 2010, another lunchtime stop.
The hanging sign has returned as has the satellite dish (in a different position), but the derelict building next door has finally been demolished!
And so, on to our most recent visit which was at lunchtime on Sunday 5th October 2014 when we had a large Sunday Roast lunch.
The outside had been completely redecorated with a new hanging sign, a third satellite dish with pastel green replacing the black...and the net curtains have disappeared again!
The pub has been under new management since December 2011 (see website) and, despite claims of refurbishment, the interior seemed to be pretty much as I remembered it from previous visits - namely, proper pub with no frills - just as I like it!