Big, imposing Victorian pub on the A461. I loved this place, even though it was evidently a tiny bit run down and there was no real ale. The staff were friendly, the lager was bearable, and the building fantastic: it was clearly once very grand, (and a hotel at one time), and some features remain, notably the impressive tiling.
Tucked in a Wednesbury side street, this is a real surprise: a proper, olde-world pub- the sort of thing you find in country villages, not smack in the middle of the urban West Midlands- it claims to originate from 1510. Inside, it’s very traditional- I’ve not seen beaten copper table tops in a Midlands pub for years. Pleasant staff (the landlord in a shirt and tie, too), decent beer as well.
Randomly encountered this pub we didn’t even know existed while walking to Ye Olde Leathern Bottel from Park Lane/Manor House Rd. Tucked in a backstreet, it’s a pleasant community pub- open plan now but probably multi-room once. There’s some nice original glass and other features, and pleasant staff and decent beer too- a choice of real ale. TVs were on, but not too loud, which was nice.