Labour In Vain
Open all day
Labour In Vain
This is one of those Bank's Ruby Red Tap Houses.
It serves food from 11-10.30pm and Sunday 12-10pm, so you are assured of a bite to eat at all times. The food was wholesome what's now called 'trad' pub food of burgers, pies, steaks and jacket spuds you can find at other 'theme' pubs.
It also does guest ales and the main one this time was Enville Ale. It also had one from Bank's. This tasted OK, though had a rather unpleasant aftertaste if you tried to savour it. Beer prices are OK.
Traditional pub games are available such as "shove ha' penny, put and take, nine men morris, shut the box (?) and bar billiards", oh and there's darts too. It's a mutli-roomed pub in the Firkin style with lots of wood and nooks and crannies all covered in colour wash paint. There's a TV for the football and they screen the sky matches regularly. You can laze in front of the TV in the leather armchairs. Outside there is a beer garden with a children's activity area climbing frame.
The beer garden is next to the road, so it can get noisy and a bit smelly. It's right near Stourbridge Junction station, so you can crawl home late. There is plenty of tat covering the walls, but the staff are friendly and service is quick and efficient. The gents toilets however, left a lot to be desired. At the time they were leaking and swimming was required. They must have a peculiar type of customer here as the cistern lid was tied down?
There are many entrances to this pub, but only two of them are suitable for the disabled - the beer garden and the main road entrance. Oh, it used to be a hotel before it was bought up and turned into a pub - if you look closely the original etched glass is still in the windows.
No accommodation here though.
None as yet.
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