Just up the road, this was once a William Roberts pub. It could be great, but was ruined by no cask ale, and loud music in a pub mostly full of people 40-50 wanting to talk. Shame really. A bit stripped-out as well.
No ale, one room, with lino. The joy of picking the one drink from the pulls/taps you can bear (given a poor choice), to find it’s not available. Outside seemed like a good choice, despite the rain. Staff were Ok though.
Hadn’t been here for years, and dropped in today. It seems to have been closed and now re-opened with new tenants and a stripped-out, freshly painted interior.
I’m not keen: the tenants and staff were friendly, but the only cask (pedigree) was *terrible*, and the alternatives not good. The interior has lost the character too. To be fair, it had only opened yesterday, so things might improve.
This pub used to be a bit of a hole as the Nags Head, and was reborn as The Beacon Way a few years ago, with a no-trouble policy, food, and real ale. We visited before PubBlog existed, and it was the kind of pub you *might* consider a lengthy walk to.
Now? Well, I’m led to believe it has closed and just re-opened. As such, it was OK, but only OK. No real ale, and a slight air of desperation, but a friendly gaffer. No food, but reasonable outside space. It’s a modern pub, a bit soulless, but not actually terrible, just not worth a long walk.
Sadly it falls down against such exalted company. It’s not a bad pub, but it’s just not as good. Less atmosphere, less friendly, less beer choice (I had to settle for Boddingtons, which was drinkable but bland).
Wolverhampton Rd, Bloxwich:
Been planning a visit here for years. This pub is legendary in pub guides: It almost disappears into the surroundings, but look closely and it’s a real gem. It really is a timewarp: a victorian pub that had a few changes done in the 40s, and has hardly changed since. The only noise is conversation, the welcome is friendly, and the beer excellent. I’ll be going back.
Bell Lane, Bloxwich:
I’ve driven past literally hundreds of times, and first visited a few years ago. This is quite a surprise- from Bell Lane it just looks a bit grubby- probably the traffic- but from inside or the beer garden you get a lovely traditional, multi-room pub that looks like not a lot has changed for decades. This time we visited the The Bumpkin and his better half- at his suggestion, but I never pass up the opportunity of a drink here. No food, music at a good level, well-kept beer, and friendly staff & customers. It’s a fantastic pub.