Category Archives: Wednesbury

The Queens Head

Wednesbury:

Close to all the delights of the border between Walsall and Wednesbury: M6 Junction 9, Ikea, a surplus of nice old houses that have become care homes.

That’s sounding quite negative. In actual fact, where the pub is situated is a surprisingly quiet resdential street that wraps around Brunswick Park, with a mix of old and new housing. We sat outside, next to the street, in the sun, and it was nice. I’d not been here before, and my better half hadn’t been here since college days over 20 years ago, when Sandwell College was just the other side of the A461. The pub itself is a traditional one, almost certainly Victorian given the name and the history of the park. It’s had a fairly typical makeover, but it hasn’t removed the character (and it looks fresh and tidy), and while food is a big part of the business, that hasn’t destroyed that this is a pub.

Very friendly staff, decent beer, good food.

The George Inn

Wednesbury:

I was travelling through Wednesbury from a delicate evening of culture the piss up with Andy, and was in dire need of a slash. Against local custom, I passed by shop doorways, and elected for the first pub I came to: The George Inn. It’s a 60s-looking building, and from the outside looked closed at first, but closer inspection showed that only one side of the considerable space was lit. It looks to be up for sale.

The barman was friendly, and my pint of Carling was cheap (but then it was Carling, so like making love in a boat), and he let me charge my phone for a few minutes. I’d suspect this pub was crowded at one time, but Wednesbury has fallen on hard(er) times: there were only 3 other customers at 9pm ish on a Saturday. By no means dreadful but no ale or decent lager, so I continued my journey quickly.

Ye Olde Leathern Bottel

Wednesbury:


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Tucked in a Wednesbury side street, this is a real surprise: a proper, olde-world pub- the sort of thing you find in country villages, not smack in the middle of the urban West Midlands- it claims to originate from 1510. Inside, it’s very traditional- I’ve not seen beaten copper table tops in a Midlands pub for years. Pleasant staff (the landlord in a shirt and tie, too), decent beer as well.

The Rosehill Tavern

Wednesbury:


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Randomly encountered this pub we didn’t even know existed while walking to Ye Olde Leathern Bottel from Park Lane/Manor House Rd. Tucked in a backstreet, it’s a pleasant community pub- open plan now but probably multi-room once. There’s some nice original glass and other features, and pleasant staff and decent beer too- a choice of real ale. TVs were on, but not too loud, which was nice.