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The Nag's Head, Burntwood

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by Tony Collins (subscribe)
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Published August 4th 2015
If it's good enough for the author of the first dictionary
It is not often that you get to discover a delightful country pub because of someone's birthday party, but that was certainly the case with The Nag's Head in Burntwood, near Lichfield.

The Nag's Head, Chef and Brewer, Burntwood, Wainwright Ale, Help for Heroes, 16th century
The Nag's Heath 16th century pub


This traditional 16th Century pub is claimed to have been a regular haunt of Lichfield literary great Dr Samuel Johnson who is said to have written the first ever dictionary during his visits.

The pub is also said to be listed in the Domesday Book, courtesy of its post box which remains in use today.

Today, The Nags Head continues to offer a warm and cosy atmosphere with great quality pub dishes and an ever changing collection of guest real ales.

The Nag's Head, Burntwood, Chef and Brewer, Wainwright Ale
A selection of the guest ales on offer


My first visit was prompted by a birthday bash in the pub's function room which is very popular for parties and weddings as it can comfortably accommodate up to 100 people seated at tables.

But the lure of the Wainwright ale on tap in the main lounge proved too tempting to pass up.

The Nag's Heath, which is a Chef & Brewer pub, boasts a wide range of affordable, good quality meals either from its main menu or from the selection of Specials written daily on chalk boards.

The Nag's Head, Chef and Brewer, Burntwood
The front of The Nag's Head pub


And on Sundays visitors can choose from a range of traditional roasts with a huge Yorkshire pudding and unlimited gravy.
As well as the main bar and restaurant areas inside, the pub also provides al fresco dining in the beer garden which includes a no smoking area, lighting and heated Jumbrellas for winter times.

The Nag's Head, Burntwood, Chef and Brewer
The beer garden area at the rear


The Nag's Head, which is open daily from 12 noon to 11pm, is offering something special during August as it commemorates the 70th anniversary of V-J Day.

To mark the occasion, the pub is celebrating the culinary delights of the 1940's with a special Kitchen Front menu inspired by the very best produce available in that era with a playful take on the name.

So, from now until August 31, visitors can sample a range of unique dishes from the Lord Woolton pie named after the Minister of Food, to Dame Vera's Dover Sole and the Dig for Victory Salad.

And to help wash it down, The Nag's Head has introduced Marston's Help for Heroes Blonde Ale as one of its guest beers for the month.

This unique beer has been specially created by three injured veterans in partnership with Marston's brewery, with 6p from the sale of every pint going towards helping wounded servicemen and women.
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Why? A choice of guest real ales in lovely surroundings
When: Daily from 12 noon to 11pm
Phone: 01543 682510
Where: Rugeley Road, Burntwood, Staffordshire, WS7 9HA
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