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Published August 31st 2020
Put your feet up and enjoy a pint in spacious, cosy pub
This substantial pub is ideally situated to cope in the current coronavirus world of social distancing. As imposing as it looks from the outside, The Bowling Green in Lichfield is also extremely spacious on the inside, particularly on a wet Thursday lunchtime which is when I visited with my friend. Whether it takes its name from an actual bowling green no-one seems to know, or at least I don't, but the pub apparently dates back to the 17th century when by all accounts it was a timber-framed building. The Bowling Green that exists today was built in the 1930s and now occupies a prominent location on a large roundabout off Lichfield's busy Friary Road. Owned by Ember Inns, this is a true local pub where people can come to eat or just enjoy a pint or two. There are also regular events for people to enjoy if they so wish, including a weekly quiz.
The Bowling Green prides itself on providing authentic British cooking with its pub food menu featuring a variety of classic meals. The pub has fixed-price lunch and dinner menus, as well as buffet choices, a children's menu, vegetarian and vegan selections, and a special Sunday menu. There were a fair number of people inside when I visited, happily tucking into their lunchtime meals. However, I was there purely to sample the beers and cask ales on offer. There was the promise of a couple of ales which were said to be "coming soon", so maybe that will require a follow-up trip. So instead, my friend and I both opted for something called Twilighter IPA, which went down a treat
The main bar with the social distancing markings on the floor
Unfortunately, due to the steady rain on the day we visited, it was not possible to sample the lovely looking beer garden, so it was left to relax in one of the varied comfortable seats in the cosy lounge area, which were well spaced out to comply with social distancing guidelines. For visitors coming to Lichfield from further afield, The Bowling Green is ideally located close to the main A51, and just a few minutes from this historic Staffordshire city's prominent attractions such as Lichfield Cathedral and Samuel Johnson's Birthplace Museum.