Archive for the ‘Pubs’ Category

Golden Opportunity

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

I wasn’t at work last week, but the weather put paid to most of the outdoor tasks, as while it wasn’t universally wet, things were too changeable to commit to much. When a friend mentioned that she wanted to sell some gold, but wanted company (was I a bodyguard? maybe), it seemed like a pleasant […]


Walsall Beer Festival 2013

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

As is traditional, I went to Walsall Beer Festival. Unusually, I went in the day on Saturday, hoping to avoid some of the beers running out, and have it not so busy. It worked, to some degree, but there were still a few notable beers that had run out: Backyard Brewhouse‘s Chinook IPA had gone, […]


The Fountain Reopens

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

It’s worth mentioning that a much loved Walsall pub, The Fountain has re-opened (yesterday), after being closed in August, and amazingly not catching fire. Local brewery and nice chaps The Backyard Brewhouse have bought the pub. I’ve not visited yet, but when I do, it will get a PubBlog revisit entry. It’s nice to see […]


Work on the Avion- continued

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Work is progressing on the Avion. The section that appeared to be getting demolished actually seems to be mostly retained, there’s a new roof in progress (rather than what looked like asbestos sheets), and some impressive windows at the rear, presumably where the original screen was, so a similar treatment to The Imperial, where it […]


Work on the Avion

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Looks like the visit to the Avion by some urbexers was well-timed: over the Easter break my bother-in-law emailed me: Just thought I’d let you know that they’re demolishing it ……we went to Morrisons today & the back half has already gone. I’m pleased to say that it’s not actually being demolished, or at least […]


Cross Purposes

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

I first got the heads-up from a neighbour, but this was also featured in the Express and Star tonight, though not online. I’ll try to scan the page. There’s plans afoot for the Four Crosses, one of my favourite pubs, and now the only pub in Shelfield, as the Spring Cottage is (still) undergoing conversion […]


Not worth it

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Today, we had a bit of a walk out: a bus to Walsall, and a walk to Park Hall to visit the King Arthur, and then a walk up Sutton Rd and over the Beacon to the Foley Arms, where the plan was to get a 56 bus back home. Here, we hit on a […]


The cost of a pub

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Picked this article up via Twatter (thanks @sussexbrews). I’ve speculated here before about pub closures, costs, and landlords making money without stiffing us too much for the price of a pint. We’ve discussed it both here and over at Come the Revolution more than once. Brownhills Bob has documented pubs closing and opening, and we’ve […]