89 Halesowen Road
Mon-Sat 11-11, Sun 12-4; 7-10.30
A legend in these parts under its old name - Ma Pardoe's, it used to be one of only four places which brewed its own beer in 1974 when CAMRA started.
Bought out and under new management in 2000, they have started production of ale on the site again. At present they have up to three of their own ales on.
After the redesign the pub has opened up and they have restored the bar downstairs to its former glory with square tables and chairs. There are tables for two and a couple for larger groups. All black wood and paint inside it is still a little bare on the walls at present, but I'm sure things will change.
Very much a locals pub, but don't let that put you off as the real ales are to be tried to be believed. Near the Netherton Arts Centre and the Dudley winter ales festival and frequented by tickers from across the country.
The 247/248 bus stops right outside and Old Hill railway station is just three quarters of a mile away.
Food is being served - though check first - Mon-Sat 12-2pm & 6-9pm (Sunday lunches only 12-2).
This is not a beer garden sort of pub, being on the high street, though there is a car park out back. A friendly welcome was offered and we will definitely be going back.
Access for the disabled is possible to the top bar which is small, but steps need to be negotiated to get to the bottom bar.
No accommodation here.
They have a 60 person function room upstairs. Winners of the West Midlands Regional Pub of the Year 2004.
Burner in the middle of the bar, caged off for safety, real fire in the back room. Staff friendly, good food, good beer (19/3/05)
Dark Swan Mild 4.2%
Old Swan Entire 4.4%
Bumble Hole 5.2%
Black Widow 6.7%.
2km from Netherton