The Eagle & Serpent, Kinlet
Every so often, you come across a pub that is just so wonderful you have to share it with others. I felt like that about the Eagle and Serpent in Kinlet. Tucked away in the countryside near Bewdley, it is completely unassuming from the exterior and would be easy to pass by. It is probably fair to say that it is equally unassuming inside too. A pubby pub. Comfortable and welcoming, but very much down to earth.
Locals know that it is great. It was bustling when we visited early on a Saturday afternoon. A roaring fire welcomed us in from the icy frost outside. The 17th century beamed exterior has a new conservatory extension, replaced during lockdown, to give additional seating. A lunchtime menu and bar snacks are available, although sadly there was no time for me to avail myself of it. Further comment on that when I get the chance, no doubt!
Brilliant Cask Ale at the Eagle and Serpent Kinlet
What makes this freehouse remarkable is the quality of its ale. Absolutely pristine cask ale is on offer, on up to four handpulls. Local breweries dominate, with Hobsons being my weapon of choice. I had not tried the Champion Mild before, and I was not disappointed. As close to a perfect pint as you can hope to get. A smooth, rich texture with gentle toasty notes of chocolate and coffee. All topped with a close knit, pale head which lingers all the way down the glass. Lovely lacing. Just gorgeous.
And of course, a friendly landlord with which to pass the time of day. They are always friendlier when they know how to look after their cellar in my experience. It’s just a sign of someone who understand their trade and takes pride in it.
The Eagle and Serpent Kinlet has your quizzes and special events through the year to tempt you in. But for me, this would be the pub for My Perfect Sunday. So I guess I’ll have to head back soon and try that roast.