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The Chindit Inn


The pub’s page on Whatpub reckons this was built in 1958, which I strongly suspect is bollocks. The pub’s own site reckons it became a pub in 1958, being previously an off-licence, and it looks Victorian to me.

Whatever, it is a wonderful place. Multi-roomed, traditional in feel, great real ale, a friendly landlord, outside space, and cobs behind the bar.

Only minus point? Nappy changing, with running commentary, in the lounge. hopefully, that’s not a regular thing.

Pint Shop

Birmingham City Centre:

Right next door to The Wellington, it’s a bit of a different thing, so they’ll probably co-exist quite happily.

This place is definitely towards the hipster craft beer end of the market, (faux-industrial light fittings, scaffold poles, a la Brewhouse and Kitchen) but it’s still a pretty Ok place to drink, or at least, it was on a Thursday afternoon- I think had it been a busier time I’d have liked it less. Great choice of beer, nice staff, outside space. Only real disadvantage is the (vertical) distance to the toilets, though there is an accessible one on the ground floor.

Pub du Vin

Birmingham City Centre:

Located within/below Hotel du Vin in what was previously the hotel’s cellar bar.

Felt odd, this one. Trying to appeal to an upmarket audience, but noticeably a bit tatty, though it looked like a refurb of some sort may be imminent. As it’s the cellar bar it’s slightly below street level, and quite dark, but it wasn’t unpleasant. Staff weere nice, beer and prices pretty good for here. Very quiet even for a Thursday though.

Revisit: The King’s Head


Original Post Here

It’s almost 10 years since my original post, which I think suffered from a snapshot effect of the time we visited; a revisit on a Saturday lunchtime saw us sat outside, and the place had a relaxed, pleasant vibe. The bar itslef isn’t that large, but there’s a conservatory, a roofed outside area, and a completely outside area. Pleasant staff, OK food, great pint of Pedigree.

Revisit: The Boatman’s Rest

Previous Revisit Here

Original Post Here

The landlord from the first revisit is still there, but there’s a subtle change: the pub seems to be going Desi.

The kitchen is refurbed, the lager is Cobra, and there’s a fairly typical indian barbecue menu on, which, to be fair, is excellent. The terrible stereo is still present in the bar, and there’s no ale, but the Cobra was fine and the food great, though it remains to be seen if Walsall Wood High St can sustain 3 establishments serving Indian food, even with me living nearby.