Category Archives: Bloxwich

The Romping Cat

Bloxwich:

I have been here before, but pre-Pubblog, so over 6 years ago. Back then I was underwhelmed, but I wonder if my tastes have changed? It’s not plush, but it’s a nice traditional place, and warm and welcoming on a very cold afternoon. Beer (including Pedigree) and staff fine, but the wine was a bit rough, apparently, though I’d not inagine it’s a wine drinker’s pub as a rule.

The Bloxwich Showman

Bloxwich:

A new ‘spoons, as has been rumoured for a while, and again, it’s an old cinema. People my age or older will remember it as Flix nightclub, and those much older might remember The Grosvenor, operated by Pat Collins.

Inside, it’s standard ‘spoons, but feels much, much smaller than my teenage memory of the Flix nightclub. As it’s been open less than a fortnight, it was still very busy; we found it difficult to get a seat. Food, beer, and staff all fine, and completely as expected, but it has to be a good thing to generate this amount of business in Bloxwich; maybe the much-quoted Wetherspoon halo effect will happen?

The Wheatsheaf

Bloxwich:


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Quite a surprise this: we were visiting because a friend’s band was playing, so we got dragged along by Andy, and didn’t know what to expect. Inside, it’s quite traditional, but we thought that was probably the corporate Banks’s makeover from a few years back- whatever, it’s pleasant, nicer than expected for a backstreet boozer in Bloxwich. A couple of guest ales, and Banks’s on a hand pull, decent wine at a good price, and very pleasant staff. Hard to judge the normal atmosphere, as half of Essington were in there.

The Royal Exchange

Bloxwich:


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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.

The Beacon Way

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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.