“ Address: 79 Market Place / Cannock / Staffordshire / WS11 1BN / Tel: 01543 469360 „
The Linford Arms is a JD Wetherspoon pub in Cannock.
Now I tend to have a very fixed view on the JDW experience, having drunk in many of their establishments I find them to be generally full of old winos who are attracted by the chains biggest selling point, cheap ale.
However this place may have helped to alter my perception an inch or two.
I visited on a chill November evening about 5ish.
Despite the traditional baseball capped chavs smoking outside, the interior was a bit of a revelation.
The Linford comprises of a series of linked rooms, each with its own atmosphere and décor. Its brilliant.
There were about 5/6 of these separate areas and they give the pub a quite different feel to the usual JDW workhouse type ambience. There is also an upstairs area, however this appeared to be closed when I visited.
The clientele appeared to be a real mix as well. Certainly not the usual grunts you would find in ,for example the Square Peg in Brum. Students, people who had just finished work and early chrismas shoppers were very much in evidence.
As ever the usual JDW choice of ales was on offer although, on this occasion, I stuck to the John Smiths. There was no queue at the bar and I was served straight away by the traditional non smiling member of staff.
I ordered the gourmet burger meal and it was on a par with other burger meals I have had in similar pub chains. In fact I wonder if they all buy their ingredients at the same outlet ! (BlandBurger Corp)
The burger cost £6.25 and came with a "free drink" although to be fair you would not pay £6.25 for it if there wasn't a "free drink" involved.
Food service was quick and friendly and I really enjoyed my JDW meal. In my little room there was a young couple and a guy in a suit. They were all eating meals and it was all rather civilised. The pub itself was pretty busy although it didn't feel it due to the layout of the place.
Toilets were a bugger to find though, no signage in place anywhere. (TIP - they are upstairs)They were spotless when I visited, no doubt due to punters being unable to find them.
Apart from that I cannot fault this place and in fact would like to swap it for my local JDW.
NB - the website states that the building goes back to the C15th and so am guessing that it must be listed.
The website also states that children are welcomed although thankfully there were none evident on my visit.
When in Cannock give this place a go it's the real deal.