Great Western Arms (Holdens) | Wolverhampton, West Midlands
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Great Western Arms (Holdens)
Good based on 15 ratings
Type: Bar (see listing)

Sun Street
Wolverhampton, West Midlands England WV10 0DG [ print map ]
01902 351 090‎

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Great Western Arms (Holdens)

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Beer Available At Great Western Arms (Holdens) (arranged by most recent)
Holdens Black Country Bitter 40, Holdens Golden Glow 53, Holdens Shag Boss , Salopian Lemon Dream 54, Elland 1872 Porter 97, Salopian Hop Twister 78, Millstone True Grit 89
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15 reviews for Great Western Arms (Holdens)
 Ambiance  89%
 Service  83%
 Selection  64%
 Food  80%
 Value  79%
 Overall  80%
 Rating  84%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Travlr  (2122) Washington, Washington DC | October 12, 2015
It took me longer than usual to reach this place on foot, only because a building between my hotel and the pub was being demolished, so the road and footpath were closed. But I just walked around the station, and it was fine. You may be able to walk through the train station as well. And, of course, you can drive, and it has a car park. It’s an amazing place. Chock full of railroad stuff, right down to the rails used as footrests. Real fire in the small front bar, then lots of tables in what used to be the waiting room. Small conservatory, and picnic tables out back. Staff is extremely friendly, and expect them to fawn over your dog should you bring one. Food is delicious, and portions are large. I skipped the faggots & chips, though, in favor of the veggie lasagne. And the cask ales here seemed to be in better condition that at the Holden’s brewery tap, the Park Inn, that we visited the previous night. This place has everything you’d want in a pub.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
WingmanWillis  (594) , England | September 8, 2015
A former CAMRA national pub of the year and next to the old Low Level station in Wolverhampton, bit of a scary walk down there but worth it. Walls are festooned with railway memorabilia, lots of seating, real fires and a good range of ales. Holdens, Bathams plus guests. Not had a bad beer here. A really good traditional pub. Worth a look. Spent many a happy hour in here over the years
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
jjsint  (340) Ely, England | August 10, 2015
Brilliant Holden’s railway pub. I struggled getting here - the obvious shortcut from the station up Corn Hill was closed - but having got here, I was well rewarded. Four Holden’s beers (Bitter, Mild, Special and Golden Glow) are available, along with a handful of guest beers from the likes of Bathams and Ludlow. A few Belgians in the fridge, and two cask ciders. What more could you want? Well, the pork pies are out of this world, and the whole place is cheap even for the area.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
b727trijet  (404) Isleworth, England | June 7, 2014
Although in a rough part of Wolverhampton, just a short walk from the station away from the town centre. A very welcoming pub serving great beers from the Black Country such as Bathams and Holdens plus the odd guest beer nowadays. Traditional food aswell as just a bowl of chips or "cobs" (large rolls). Gets very busy on matchdays. One of my favourite pubs of all time as it has so much character.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Clembo1957  (101) Smethwick, England | November 6, 2013
Traditional boozer selling Holden’s and Bathams beers and good Black Country food. At the back of the Railway Station but worth the trek!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton  (795) London, England | November 6, 2013
Visited during the 2013 RateBeer Black Country Bus Bash. Lovely boozer. Lots of seating. Loaded with simple session beers all of great value. Novel decor. While this might not be a destination pub for beer geeks, it would make for a perfect spot to sink many pints of bitters and goldens. Worth checking out.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
Boudicca  (1035) London, England | July 14, 2013
A great old pub almost under the railway arch near the old Victorian station building (now disused - the new station is a short walk away). They have three Holden’s beers on draught and an ever changing list of three guest ales. The pub is “themed” (but in a good way!) – it’s like an old station bar ought to be, with lots of railway paraphernalia, such as platform signs and pictures of steam trains, right down to the curtains and pelmets bearing the Great Western Railway logo. There’s a “waiting room” sign in the main bar, which was appropriate because it was here that we met and waited for the coach to take us on the Ratebeer Black Country Bash. There’s also a modern conservatory bar (the Armstrong Room) and a pleasant modern patio. (Visited 6 July 2013).
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76  (174) , England | July 14, 2013
Big ol’ characterful pub just by Wolverhampton station. Nice front bar, big airy side bar. Lots of wood and memorabilia, Beers were in good nick and the service quick and friendly. Just a proper old boozer that deserves your attention if you are in the area.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
jackl  (590) Minneapolis, Minnesota | July 7, 2013
Visited during the Ratebeer Black Country Bash. Sort of a tough place to find if you’re unfamiliar with the area (you need to take the subway under the station to get to the pub). Pretty traditional interior with a bunch of Great Western Rail memorabilia decorating the walls. There’s about 8 beers on cask. Mostly Holdens stuff with a few other options from the west midlands. The beer was in good condition, the service pleasant. Overall, definitely a place to check out if you’re in Wolverhampton.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois  (874) Tourist Town (West), England | February 23, 2013
A Wolvo legend. Last visited in 2009, was a regular here on my way to Thursday night shift in the late 90’s. Pre work dinner of 2 pints bitter and faggots/grey peas! Opposite the former GW station, full of railway memorabilia, 3 rooms in essence plus the conservatory. Very well kept Holdens offerings, plus guest, something from Bathams usually on also. Must visit - proper boozer, inhabited by PO workers, beer enthusiasts, rail enthusiasts, regulars and football fans (home and away usually - although they dont officially welcome away fans!) on a match day.

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