Wednesday, 3 May 2017
#220 Plough & Harrow, Fazeley, Staffordshire : 1996 to 2016
Fazeley sits on the junction of the Coventry Canal with the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal just on the edge of Tamworth. It is a regular stopping place for us as there are several pubs in a small area.
Our first visit to the Plough & Harrow was on the evening of Thursday 30th May 1996.
We were back again, two years later at lunchtime on Monday 22nd June 1998.
This view gives a much better view of the pub, which was unchanged from our previous visit. This is one of those pubs that exhibits the 'reverse TARDIS' effect, being smaller on the inside than you'd expect from the outside! It is a pub that I've never quite warmed to, but it served beer and food so, what's not to like?
We returned a year later at lunchtime on Monday 30th August 1999.
Seemingly, no changes apart from the disappearance of the hanging basket and the three lights from above the wall sign have also gone.
There was a bit of a gap to our next visit, another lunchtime stop on Tuesday 31st August 2004.
A complete makeover had taken place both inside and out - neither had been an improvement! The pub was no longer an M&B house. Despite the changes, food was available so all was well!
We were back again a year later, again at lunchtime, on Sunday 21st August 2005.
No changes from the previous year.
During this period we seemingly couldn't keep away from the Plough & Harrow as we returned for more lunchtime shenanigans on Wednesday 6th September 2006.
Again it was largely unchanged, but the bench seats outside had disappeared.
We left it for a few years and revisited the Plough & Harrow for a rare evening stop in Fazeley on Wednesday 2nd June 2010.
Another complete makeover with the extra addition of a large outside seating area - partly inspired, I believe, by the smoking ban, but also, I suspect, because the pub is so small inside this was the only way to maximise income.
These changes weren't enough to make us rush back, though, and we didn't return until lunchtime on Monday 15th June 2015.
A five year gap and not only has it undergone another complete transformation, but the name had also changed to simply, The Plough.
We were back again at lunchtime on Monday 13th June 2016.
Quite surprisingly, the doors and window frames had been repainted, but almost everything else was the same as before.
One other thing of note is the change to the building next door to the pub which has added a front door sometime between 2006 and 2010!