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Published May 13th 2018
A warm welcome and great range of beers at village pub
At the heart of rural Warwickshire lies a splendid pub that has been quenching the thirst of customers in one form or another for many a year. The Griffin Inn lies on a winding country lane just outside the village of Shustoke near Coleshill. It justifiably prides itself on its charming interior, varied range of quality beers, and a great lunchtime pub menu - and, of course, the wonderful views over the surrounding countryside if the weather is pleasant enough to sit outside or in the sizeable conservatory at the rear of the premises.
On entry to the pub, customers are greeted by a welcoming low-beamed L-shaped bar with log fires (although clearly not lit on the day I visited) in two stone fireplaces, one of them a large inglenook. The corresponding L-shaped bar follows the room round, with plenty of seats lined up alongside it if you don't want to stray too far from the beer taps. There is no shortage of tables for people, such as myself and my wife, who wish to have lunch, either in the main bar or the conservatory, where children are also welcome. The pleasant, cosy atmosphere is also enhanced by the lack of either music or television screens. As well as the conservatory, The Griffin Inn also boasts an attractive beer terrace and meadow-style garden. In the summer, the pub hosts a beer festival and also promotes live music from a marquee.
Food is only available at lunchtimes on Monday to Saturday, between 12pm and 2pm. As well as a pretty extensive regular menu, there was also a number of specials on the Wednesday lunchtime we called in. I had a Ploughman's which was available with either cheese or ham, or both, and also came with a sizeable salad and two large chunks of bread, all at £7. My wife chose the sizeable steak and onion cob which was served with both chips and salad at just £5.95. Although we ignored the specials on this occasion, they ranged from faggots to Somerset chicken, both also served with freshly cooked chips.
A small selection of the wide range of beers available
There was a huge range of beers and ales to choose from on the day we visited, including the pub's own Freestyle Griffin Dark and Freestyle Griffin Muzungu which are brewed in the barn situated next door. The Griffin Dark and Muzungu were among several regular beers which The Griffin Inn serves, along with the likes of Theakston Old Peculiar, Oakham Citra and Wye Valley Butty Bach. In addition, the pub also serves a number of changing beers which, on the day I dropped in, included Holdens Black Country, Oxford Gold, and Exmoor Gold. With so many ales to choose from, it was difficult to make up my mind, but eventually, I chose a very enjoyable pint of Oxford Gold at £3.40 a pint.
The Griffin Inn is open from 12pm to 2.30pm, and from 7pm to 11pm on Monday to Thursday, and from 12pm to 11pm or 11.30pm from Friday to Sunday. For further information about The Griffin Inn, visithttps://www.facebook.com/griffininnshustoke/ or call the pub on 01675 481205.