Previously a Goose pub, and it shows- it’s a bit ‘spoons-a-like, but with a better atmosphere. Part of the Stonegate chain.
It’s a big Victorian pile, right next to the bus station. Inside, it’s opened out.
Friendly barmaid, and the first cask ale of the day- Trooper. Not a bad pub, and handy for the bus.
Another Desi pub. Modern building, right on a busy junction of major roads in West Brom. No cask ale, but decent lager. Friendly staff. Impressive-looking menu (but a bit pricier than others). There’s 2 rooms; a big, open bar with multiple TVs showing sport (but the volume was down when we visited), and a separate restaurant room. Again, a laid back, early-doors atmosphere, with people dropping on after work.
A short way out of town, but the right way out of town, on our bus route.
A big, red-brick, inter-war, “improved” or road-house type pub that’s been modernised inside, and given the desi treatment. Bar at the front, big, slightly canteen-like room at the back. Friendly staff, good beer choice (decent lager and cask ale), and a really impressive food menu (we were still full from The Sportsman).
Very busy- a popular pub, and despite feeling a bit canteen like, not unpleasant, until the volume on the TVs got cranked up loud.
So, we’d passed this already.
When we dropped in on the way back, it was disappointing we hadn’t gone here first, though I wasn’t sure if they were doing food at lunchtime.
Anyway, inside was a basic, honest boozer. Bench seats, no cask ale, but decent lager and wine, and lovely staff. There’s an eating area out back, and to the other side, a pool table. The pub stretches back a loooong way.
We didn’t eat, having filled up at The Sportsman, but the food has a good reputation. Customers wandered in and out, as multicultural as the area.
So, I’d bought the Creative Black Country Desi pub book. I love Indian food, and we needed somewhere to go, so time to start. I’d not checked details before, so went past the Red Lion on the bus, and walked past the Prince of Wales en route…
Anyway, from outside, unexceptional. Inside? Clean, bright, practical if not that atmospheric, but well set up for the audience: a big open bar area at the front, and a big area with booths for food at the back, TVs in both, but not too loud. Mixed Asian and white customers, counter for food order at one end of the back area.
The food was excellent and good value, and while there was no cask ale, there were at least 3 decent lagers. really friendly staff, and a nice, friendly feel to the place.
Just down the road from The Sow & Pigs, and right by the bus stop, and on the way to the Metro, and we needed food. As Google refers to it as a Bar & Grill, we were expecting standard pub food, but actually found a decent pub, with a full-on Indian restaurant attached/incorporated. Fantastic, bargain-priced food, great staff and service (they missed one person’s food, so provided free beer as compensation) and decent beer too.
Hill Top, West Bromwich:
A relatively recent re-opening of an old West Brom pub, by Two Crafty Brewers and Sadlers. Looking at the website I had reservations- it looked a bit Brewdog-style hipster, with industrial style fittings, and basins and urinal in the bogs made from cut-down beer kegs, (and pictures rather than signs on the doors, which upset Stymistress), but in the event, it was rather nice. Very friendly bar staff, pleasant locals, great beer, music at a sensible volume, and cobs (though our companions weren’t so keen as us on the cobs). A fine pub and well worth the 3 bus (but not long) trip.
Andy’s view here.
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You can catch sight of this legendary West Brom pub from the M5, if, for example you’re stuck in traffic. It’s tucked in a mixed industrial/residential area down a backstreet, and looks like a traditional boozer. In many ways it is: good beer, lots of little rooms. The surprise is out the back: what would have been a yard is enclosed now and has a indoor Tandoori barbeque. We didn’t eat, retiring instead to the front of the pub for a quiet drink- which is one of this pubs strengths: the back is family friendly (but not over-run with kids) and food-biased, the front traditional. There’s great real ale, and Cobra lager. Judging by the number of people dining (many of them Asian), the food must be good too.