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Published November 22nd 2019
Small is beautiful as new craft beer and pizza parlour opens
Lichfield's newest pub is very much a 'work in progress'. The small but compact bar, which occupies a former shop premises in the city's Tamworth Street, has only been open for a few months but is already establishing itself among real ale and craft beer lovers within the Lichfield area of Staffordshire. WIP, which actually does stand for Work In Progress, is a small independent pub run by a guy who is steeped in the industry, having grown up while his parents ran several pubs. Styled as a 'craft beer & pizza parlour', WIP was recently converted from a former games shop earlier in 2019.
Despite knowing in advance of its location, it is actually not that difficult to walk past the pub without realising, both given the small size of the frontage and the undemonstrative grey frontage. It is now open six days a week, having recently begun opening on Sundays. WIP is now only closed to customers on Mondays. The nondescript, modern-looking frontage gives a lie to the welcoming and cosy interior once you step through the front door. The inside of the pub is divided over two levels, with wooden beams throughout and an old-looking wooden staircase at the rear leading to the upper floor. This upper level features old bus and cinema seats, as well as a collection of obscure magazine covers. The downstairs area is heated by an iron range fireplace in the rear room, while, on warmer weather, there's a small enclosed beer terrace to the rear.
The micro-pub has a great array of craft ales and beers
One of the most impressive things about WIP, which is immediately apparent on entering, is the fabulous array of ales available for such a small premises. The pub offers up to three ever-changing cask ales plus a further eight rotating keg beers and a variety of real ciders. The changing cask ales available on the day I arrived included the appropriately named Boris Bulldog, featuring an image of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the from Burton Bridge brewery. The other cask ales on offer were Got Tash (Oakham golden ale), and Honey Ale from the Fat Cat Brewery. Also, the eight changing keg beers on tap during my visit included Cassels Southern Cross pale ale and Beavertown Neck Oil IPA. The various ales are all priced from £3.60 a pint.
WIP also promotes itself as a 'pizza parlour'. In fact, pizza is the only food that it provides with a 12 inch pizza being priced at £8.95. It may be a bit of a variation on the traditional 'pie and a pint' pub, but that does not mean this micro pub is any less inviting or appealing.