Right next to the bus station, this is very unispiring as you approach, a 70s-looking rebuild. Inside, it’s a bit bright, and had the feeling it could get a bit erm, vibrant. Staff were friendly, beer was Banks’s, and my bitter was perfectly drinkable, cobs behind the bar, and it did mean my escape to the bus was last-minute.
Right up one end of town, next to Lidl, we’d never been here before, and it was quite pleasant. Very traditional inside, comfortable and friendly. Beer choice a bit limited, but it was cask Banks’s- mild and bitter, so OK. Quite a surprise.
A legendary music venue and pub, this was the saviour of our Bilston trip, and we nearly missed it, as it closes at 4pm on Saturdays. We’ve been caught out before.
Anyway- Holdens on the pumps, friendly staff, nice atmosphere and good music. A great pub.
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Our meeting place for the continuation of 100Pubs, I’d heard dark things of this previously notoriously good real ale pub/hotel from several people.
As it was, it wasn’t too bad, but wasn’t brilliant. The beer has been Greene Kinged, and I’m not keen on that- Andy likes GK IPA, when he hates IPA as a rule – so GK IPA was off for me, and I ended up with Benajmin’s Red Molasses Beer, which was at least interesting.
Staff were friendly, and the place looked cleaner and brighter, but it was *freezing* inside. No sign of food, which was there before, and the beer choice is very, very limited compared to before.
Lovely. The star of the evening, I’d last been in here over 10 years ago, when Andy lived nearby. It’s changed a little- the room out back has got bigger, I think, but it’s still a multi-room, traditional pub. It’s a Black Country Taverns pub, and one of the better ones, with atmosphere as well as the usual great beer.
Just over the way from The Bridge, this was a different matter. Traditional, real ale, friendly (to the point of offering free samosas) and a nice place, even with a few kids about for the Bonfire Night celebrations.
A diversion due to logistical re-jigging saw us here by car, as it’s a bit out of town for public transport. Worth the effort though: lovely, traditional, timbered pub with great beer and atmosphere. A shame we had to move on, especially to The Swan.
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Rumours of its demise seemed to have been exaggerated.
The Four Crosses is back open. There’s a lick of paint, but otherwise it is as if it never closed; same landlord, but a new owner of the building. The rumour is that the care home will still be built, which if it went for anything like the asking price, wouldn’t be a surprise.
Whatever, I’m happy to enjoy it. Nice atmosphere, great beer, and good prices too. The Indian food disappeared some time ago, but otherwise all the same. Long may it continue.
Bennetts Hill, Bitmingham City Centre:
I wasn’t expecting to like this. It has a bit of a chainpub feel to it, though a little upmarket. It’s a big space, all one room, and all the hard surfaces made it noisy, but most of the noise was lively conversation (until the Rugby started), though there was music, that, mid-afternoon added nothing; people chatting and drinking gave the place atmosphere and we both liked it more than expected.
Good beer too- I wasn’t expecting ale, but there was a choice.
Andy’s log here
Another by-the-numbers food pub, this time a Fayre & Square. Pretty quiet when we arrived at getting on for 10pm, it’s after the family feedbag market, and is very typically a feedbag pub, with owner Greene King’s beer in evidence. A bit soulless again, but not actually unpleasant, and convenient for my bus and Andy’s walk home.
Andy’s log here.