Our last Batham’s house of the day. This is a unusual building. Very friendly barman, excellent beer. Probably our least favorite Batham’s house of the day, but still not bad at all.
This pub ran The Vine a close battle. It’s quite similar: small rooms again, including a tap room where the is against the wall so the taps face you, cobs and pork pie (Mmmmm, pork pie), history, atmosphere, friendly people, and top beer. Fantastic pub.
Not quite as wonderful as The Vine, but a nice pub. It’s suffered a little from the extensions and opening out inside, but there’s a surprisingly good view from the beer garden, cobs were seen, and the beer was excellent. This place is a B&B as well, so if you were needing a place to stay in Dudley you could probably do worse.
This is pretty close to pub perfection: It’s big, but has lots of small rooms, tons of atmosphere, outside space, real fire, is near the canal, serves cobs (and other food, at times), and, as if you needed more, it’s a Batham’s house. Friendliest landlord and regulars I’ve seen in a long time too. Why is this not closer to home?