56 Sandwell Road
(0121) 525 4600.
Mon-Sat 12-4, 5-11, 12-11 Sat, Sun 12-3, 7-10.30
Yes it is possible to find a good pub in the West Midlands (which usually gives you M&B!). A very cosy locals pub, busy at lunchtimes with office workers and the like. Seating is green covered benches against the walls with reddish tables and chairs. This is complimented by green wallpaper and the bare floors, though not by the lung cancer yellow ceilings. Two to three alcoves of seating add an intimacy, though all areas can get smokey (smell of dope in the air too and no Mr. Plod I didn't see who). Glass cabinets on the walls contain Victorian miniatures and some of those small infuriating cans of lager. Another has all sorts of beans - can you guess what they all are? Stained glass windows feature prominently surviving the areas redevelopment. Note the old 3-pin circular socket in one alcove window. There is a single wooden bar area which faces you as you enter. It long so you should get served easily. Beers on at the time apart from the obligatory M&B were Wye Valley Resistance and Cottage Our Ken. Both well served without a sparkler and very tasty. Food is served lunch and eves, but none on Sunday. Curries a specialty of the landlord. The toilets are basic and not suitable for the disabled. Fruit machines are prominent as is a TV for sport and soaps at weekends. Heating is supplied by radiators dotted about and a coal effect gas fire. Pictures of India predominate around the place giving away the licensees ability to cook a very good curry. Sorry, no accommodation here, but its only 500 yards from the new Metro (B'ham to Wolverhampton) you don't need to stay (last trams about 11.08pm both ways).[No food Sun][Metro Dudley Street]
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