I HAVE driven past this pub for many years yet have never decided to pay it a visit. So, for this week’s Pub Spy I decided to test out The Gun Tavern, in Newtown Road.

When I arrived at the pub, the first thing I noticed was the outside seating area at the front of the building, which offered a bench next to the entrance of the pub.

If a few more benches were available, I imagine it would be a hot spot in the summer for the punters as it provides a spectacular sun trap.

As tempting as it was to soak up the sun and have a few beers on a Saturday afternoon, I was taking my lunch break and also driving, so I had to play it sensibly.

Walking into the pub itself, I immediately felt welcomed by the staff as they accommodated me and my lunch date straight away.

For me, customer service makes a place, and at The Gun Tavern, it seems you are guaranteed service with a smile.

I had skipped breakfast, which is unlike me, so I was ready to devour some tasty nosh.

I ordered the regular breakfast at £4.50, which consisted of bacon, sausage, a fried egg, hash brown, beans, tomatoes and a slice of toast. At this price, you can’t go wrong really.

To go with my breakfast, I had a cup of coffee for £1.50 which suited me just fine.

For an extra £2.50, my companion ordered the large breakfast, which was basically double the amount what I had, in addition to some black pudding and mushrooms.

With its outside seating, regular live music, a television situated by the bar for the sporty type to spectate, as well as traditional pub games, such as darts and a pool table, this pub offers something for everyone.

You can tell the place has been going for some time. It has this special aura about it.

I asked the waitress who served us how many years the pub had been going for and she told me The Gun Tavern has been serving the community since well before the Second World War.

If walls could talk, I’d certainly be interested to hear all the tales told and background on the pub.

The pub had a very homey atmosphere and let in plenty of natural light, which to be honest, I wasn’t quite expecting.

Judging from the exterior of the building, which looks slightly dated, the inside offers a more modern touch with its light toned walls.

The bar is open plan and near a fruit machine and pool table.

There is also a separate function room and skittle alley available in the premises.

The pub is also served by a decent-sized car park, which allows customers from afar to park up.

Thinking about it, around this area of Worcester, there isn’t much else to offer in terms of pubs. So, I gather on evenings and weekends the pub can fill up quickly.

Although the pub is a bit out of the way, it is only a fifteen-minute walk to get into the city centre.

For its humble food, friendly staff, pub games on offer and its decent prices, I would come again to The Gun Tavern.

When I am next up that neck of the woods, I would be tempted to pop in for a spot of lunch or even a pint in the sunshine.