Great Western Arms (Holdens)

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Scotty001  (163) Portlethen, Scotland | July 28, 2016
Another time warp of a bar, and long may it continue. The Holden’s beers were in fine fettle, a few interesting guest beers, all at a more than reasonable price.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey  (158) Richmond, England | January 24, 2016
Corn Hill remains closed. However, it is quicker to use Wolverhampton station’s subway anyway. It is to your immediate right as you exit the front of the station.

Very friendly welcome from the young bloke working there. The pub has old-fashioned railway décor, the open fire is a big plus. 8 casks (5 of which look like pretty static local choices, 3 rotating), a macro-lager on keg for the Italian tourists. Some mass-produced Belgian stuff in the fridge.

Overall, I see this pub as a very good option for a single visit from a Ratebeerian, and an excellent local for a non-ticker. Seems like the type of place where the staff get to know you and start pulling your pint before you’ve asked for it. I can imagine being quite happy here with a pint of best and a dog next to the fire in my dotage.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Travlr  (2490) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
WingmanWillis  (1079) , 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
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
jjsint  (449) Cambridge, 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
b727trijet  (470) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Clembo1957  (157) 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!
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Leighton  (964) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Boudicca  (1125) 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).
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76  (186) , 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.

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