[Edit: Now a Co-op]
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Almost opposite the Lazy Hill, this is (at a guess) a 60s pub. It’s had a mixed history and is certainly a little more ‘colourful’ than the Lazy Hill, but it does have the advantage of being open longer- the Lazy Hill doesn’t open all day, keeping more traditional hours, and we missed it today.
It’s current guise has most of the lounge turned over to an Indian Restaurant, but the pub is still very much a pub. Beer choice is a little limited on draught- just the usual stuff- but there’s a good choice of bottled lager. The barman was nice too.
 Closed and mostly burnt down.
Another pub that’s seen varying guises: having been a bit of a food pub briefly, it’s now back to it’s original guise of a average, traditional pub just off the common.
Our visit was marred by the beer (my Pedigree was best suited to be used on chips, Stymistress’s budweiser had some of it spilled while being poured into the (plastic) glass, and the barmaid left some of it in the bottle until I asked), and the children whose parents allowed them to run around in circles. Now I know why I always head to The Railway.
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How wonderful a pub is this?
It meets several itmes on my ‘desireable‘ list, in that it’s Victorian, it has cobs, it’s not far from a canal and a bus, has 3 public rooms, seems to have a beer garden, no children visible, no TV, and a real fire.
It’s got atmosphere in spades, and excellent beer too. I just wish I lived nearer. Things are very traditional- a bar, a smoke room, and a lounge, and it’s really like a Black Country pub of years ago.
sadly it seems to be about to undergo a change of managment, as it’s to let.
A 1930s rebuild of an old Walsall Wood/Brownhills pub. The ‘Middle Oak’ of 3- Shire Oak (Top Oak), this, and The Anchor, all on the A452 Chester Road.
It’s an unusual building, and the inside has been restored in 1930s style. Decent beer (Landlord and Abbot), usually decent food, and a pleasant landlord make for a pretty good experience.