Friday, 12 August 2016
#191 The Vine, Rugeley, Staffordshire : 1999 to 2015
Over the years, we've found Rugeley to be a bit of a desert for memorable pubs and so we've tended not to stop there as often as you'd expect. However, with the new boat being moored on the Trent & Mersey Canal just an hour's cruise away, this may change.
We discovered The Vine somewhat by accident at lunchtime on Tuesday 31st August 1999.
I have little recollection of what it was like inside, but I get the impression that it was more pleasant than some Rugeley pubs.
We've been back to Rugeley on several occasions since 1999, but it was only on a recent visit that we rediscovered The Vine.
This was on the evening of Monday 6th April 2015. It was Easter Monday and it had been quite a pleasant day. We'd been to a couple of the pubs in Rugeley and were looking for somewhere slightly different. At the time, I didn't realise that we'd been to The Vine previously. As would be expected, the exterior is somewhat changed over the 16 years between visits!
It is now a 'community' pub and inside it is furnished in a fairly basic, non-descript style - probably because they didn't have thousands of pounds to lavish on it!
You can find out more about it in the Oficial Pub Guide including a brief history.