This JD Wetherspoon pub is a short walk from the railway station in Rugeley and is one of their smaller outlets, located in a former cinema. The first film was shown here on 12 November 1934 and the cinema was originally known as the Picture House, changing its name to the Plaza in 1940. The last film shown here was Independence Day on 5 September 1996 and it opened as a Wetherspoons in May 1998.
A large window at the rear of the pub lets in lots of light and also gives views over the church. There were only a couple of tables available and I’m sure that getting a table can often a be a challenge in here.
It wasn’t the most spectacular of beer selections, but the Santa Paws from Wolf Brewery was acceptable although not really a porter as the staff member called it.
A little statue made from various pieces of iron, symbolising the area’s iron industry.
TripAdvisor doesn’t offer much in the way of excitement about this pub, although I did note the:
“Twice been served by a certain ginger bearded barman who insists on washing his hands with the lemonade from the mixer and not even drying them before serving anyone, Yes I get that he likes clean hands, don’t we all but to use the mixer and then serve people alcohol and whatever is out of order.”
I’m guessing he was using soda rather than lemonade, otherwise the pub’s stocks might take a slight hit over the weeks…..
Anyway, a short and sweet introduction to the town of Rugeley, so then off to walk about a bit in the dark.