Our train to Birmingham left on time and we fell into conversation with the driver. The cab had been taken over by an inspector and another driver so the regular man came back into the train as far as Wolverhampton. He was a Shrewsbury man and we chatted all the way about how things were on Arriva Trains Wales today. His place was taken by a couple who ran a pub in Telford and were on their honeymoon to Tenerife. This was her first flight and she was nervous.
|Our Pendolino at Birmingham New Stree|
Lunch was at the Skinners Arms where I made the reservation for Thursday.
WE had a drink at the pub across the street from the hotel (Stanhope Arms?). It had four cask ales on tap, Timothy Taylors Landlord, Fullers London Pride, Wells Bombardier and Taylor Walkers 1780 Westerham. All of them winners.