Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton:
Can’t believe I’ve never been in here before. A lovely, traditional pub, just outside the city centre, but easily walkable,and handy for several restaurants. Pleasant landlord, several well-kept real ales, and outside space. Bonus tree in the gents.
The latest in the Black Country Taverns chain, this is tucked down a pedestrianised street, just by the gates to St Peters Church.
There’s lots to recommend it: the landlord and landlady previously ran the Black Country Arms, and the owners generally do a good job.
It was quite nice too, but for some reason, it didn’t hit the spot for me, and I don’t know why: the beer was great (with a large selection of very well-kept ale), the welcome was fine, there wasn’t loud music, and there were cobs. The building is old- 16th century in places- and hasn’t been wrecked during the refurb, but for some reason, it seemed to lack something, like the BCA does for me. The worst thing is, there’s nothing wrong with it I can put down in words, I just felt more at ease in The Posada, just up the road, even though there’s so much right here.
Lovely traditional pub right in the centre. No food, but several well-kept real ales, a very friendly barman, atmosphere, and a bit of outside space on a sunny day. Perhaps on the grotty side for some, but I love it.
Hard to belive this hasn’t made it before given the number of lunchtimes I spent here. The Hogshead in Wolves is a very different animal to it’s short-lived Walsall namesake: The Walsall one seemed to specialise in cattle-market, loud music, and crappy lagerfizz. The lager is here as well, but the pub is a little upmarket. It’s still a chain pub, but there’s a good choice of well-kept real ale, more outside space, and decent staff. the food’s Ok too. That’s why this one is still open, and the Walsall one isn’t.
I had to deliver a friend’s PC back to him, and this was one of the nearest places to go for food. It’s part of the Table Table chain, so I suppose it’s a slightly upmarket chain pub, like The Dilke. As such, it’s OK, but not cheap (while not that expensive either), and the food is OK rather than spectacular. I didin’t try the beer, but the choice was good, and the staff pleasant. The place was pretty busy, but service was still OK.
It’s a Wetherspoons, so you know what you’re getting: cheap beer (and lots of choice), cheap food. As it is, it’s one of the better spoons, less grotty than The Imperial, for a start. It also has the advantage of 2 really good pubs nearby. The beer garden backs onto the canal and could be nice on a hot day.
A Wetherspoons. Pretty standard ‘spoons, so decent beer, cheap food, but not really any atmosphere. It’s a big, open place, and was quiet when we visited.
We called in here for a look as Andy used to work here when his Auntie was landlady many years ago.
She may be spinning in her grave: It’s potentially a nice pub, and even the Wolves fans were behaving, but the choice of drink was decidedly limited (no ale, no diet mixers), and my Stella was dreadful. Shame really.
Another famed pub in the Wolverhampton area, this is a one-room pub best noted for the huge choice of real ale, which is truly exceptional and well kept. Other than that it’s a one-room pub, no music, mixed clientele. There’s food, but we didn’t try it, and the beer really is the whole raison d’etre here.
The Great Western is something of a legend: It’s right next to the old low-level station and within a short walk of the current station on the West Coast Main line. It’s always popular: the beer and food are rightly famed, and on a Wolves match day it becomes standing room only, despite being a distance from the Molineux. Even on a non-match day, it can get crowded.
The place itself is only one room, but with nooks and crannies, and a large eating area and beer garden out the back. It’s full of railway memoraibilia, and has barely changed in the 15 or so years I’ve been dropping in.