Category Archives: Walsall

Pubs in Walsall

The Romping Cat


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


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?

Revisit: The Shoulder of Mutton

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We’d been to the Christmas Market in Brownhills, which was nice, and popped in for a pint. It’s been a few years since we’ve been in, and it’s been refurbed in that time. It’s still a backstreet drinkers pub, with no ale, but the lager was OK and the atmosphere was friendly. There’s still a few panes of the historic William Roberts Brewery glass left too.

Revisits: The Royal Exchange

Original post here.

A while ago, the pub had a half-hearted makeover that made it worse: it felt even more like a clubhouse. I’m glad to say that’s been fixed: the pub looks smart and feels modern and welcoming, and there’s new outside furniture too. It’s also gained real ale, which is very welcome, and food.

…which is where I was disappointed.

At time of writing, the website says food is served 12:00-20:00, and I’m told if you view on an iPad, it says light bites available up to 14:30. The sign outside says “food every day”.

Either way, having settled down with an (to be fair, excellent) pint, it was dissapointing to be told the kitchen had closed when I tried to order food at 14:01, so we drank up and went back down to the bustling centre of Walsall Wood and the Boatman’s Rest. Shame really, we’d have been set up for the afternoon…

The Wheatsheaf


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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.

Revisits: The Drunken Duck

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The Duck has changed hands, now being run by Rob, who’s also still in control up at the Shire Oak.

It’s still not plush, but it’s an awful lot cleaner than in recent times… As to be expected, the beer is top-notch: Rob looks after the beer properly, and it shows. There’s usually the jukebox on, but it’s not generally too loud. There’s sometimes entertainment as well, but the size and layout means you can usually find an area quiet enough to drink & talk.

It’s early days there, but very promising, and judging by the amount of customers, should go well.