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The Junction, Stafford

Pub added by Dale Miles
Norbury junction
Postal town: Stafford
ST20 0PN
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E TA left this review about The Junction

A canal side pub popular with the boating community, more those whose lifestyle it is rather than the tourists and leisure boaters who presumably keep the place afloat during the holiday season. The smaller public bar had a pool table, dart board, switched-off TV screen and a collection of sports trophies, while the lounge was more of a dining area. There was a live owl supervising the bar, which made the dogs feel slightly ill-as-ease. The welcome was warm and genuine from staff and regulars alike, though there was a hint that nonsense wouldn't be tolerated. The food was outstanding – very large, tasty pies, good meat, everything well cooked with good ingredients and in very healthy portions. Proper pub food, in other words. The ale was excellent too: Junction Best Bitter (a special from Cottage Brewing), Hobgoblin Gold, Ringwood Fortyniner and Banks's Mild, all well kept and most enjoyable. I'd be very happy to stop here next time I'm passing, both for food and drink.

On 14th December 2017 - rating: 7
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Thuck Phat left this review about The Junction

A canalside Marstons pub with a large dining room to the left leaving a traditional bar area for the drinkers to the right.
Even on a Thursday lunchtime there were a few locals, regulars and boaters in the bar and with a friendly welcome and various nods and 'hellos' on entering it feels a very comfortable and pleasant place to be. Although on a chilly day, a lit fire would have been a bonus.
We didn't eat but the menu has a decent selection of pub grub and there's also a specials board. I'd guess from what was offered that the 'specials' at least may be home cooked.
Beer on: Junction Bitter (brewed by Coachhouse), Banks Bitter and Mild and an outstanding pint of Double Thumper, a collaboration between Marstons and Shipyard of the US. The barmaid said that the locals favourite was Old Empire IPA but that the Double Thumper was going down well. I'd guess from that that the fourth pump is reserved for a stronger brew from the Marstons range.
A well located, friendly and comfortable pub which I'd happily return to.

On 17th October 2013 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Junction

Canalside to the Shropshire Union at the bustling Norbury Junction ,this pub still retains a two room layout.Public bar to the right has two leather bound banquettes with views over the canal,a pool table,darts,flatscreen,juke box and a community feel.The lounge to the left is essentially for dining and extends a good way to the rear at different levels with food being a popular reason for a visit served daily 12-3,6-9.There is a terrace to the front under an awning and a substaintial pub garden at the rear.
The fireplaces burn logs and the welcome was friendly.There seems to be a Marstons tie,but a house Junction Bitter is brewed by Coachhouse.The other regular ales are Banks's Bitter and Mild while a strong option is usually available which on my trip was the excellent collaboration brew from the US micro Shipyard called Double Thumper 5% costing £3.25.
The small hamlet is augmented by many folk who live on boats,and passing canal trade is also strong.This pub serves all comers very well and is the best canalside hostelery for miles around.Well worth a visit ,and probably an extended stay.

On 12th October 2013 - rating: 8
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Bucking Fastard
Stafford, 9.21 miles, 2 hr 57 min walk (show)
Norton Bridge, 9.24 miles, 2 hr 58 min walk (show)
Penkridge, 10.91 miles, 3 hr 30 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Junction, Norbury
14th Dec 2017, 07:12
Review submitted by E TA
10th Dec 2013, 21:45
Pub map correction submitted by Bucking Fastard approved

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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 12 October 2013 by Bucking Fastard
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 12 October 2013 by Bucking Fastard
  • Darts : Yes last updated 12 October 2013 by Bucking Fastard
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 12 October 2013 by Bucking Fastard
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 12 October 2013 by Bucking Fastard
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 12 October 2013 by Bucking Fastard
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