England > West Midlands > Brierley Hill
SarkyNorthener (123) West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), England | October 18, 2015
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited as part of the blackcountry brewpub tour with Travlr, Richthevillan and jmgreenuk. Good to visit this place again especially as I havenít been since my RB days. Just the two casks, as it should be here. Really nice traditional place with some excellent Victorian features.
Travlr (2123) Washington, Washington DC | October 12, 2015
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Part of the Black Country pub crawl organized by SarkyNorthener, RichTheVillan and jmgreenuk. Well preserved older place with a large car park across the street. Front room is small and was crowded when we visited, but the back room is very large with traditional style leather seats and plenty of tables. Dog friendly, three in attendance. Nice place.
jmgreenuk (230) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | October 11, 2015
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
A must visit place for any Ratebeerian in the area. A classic Victorian boozer that has not changed in many years. There are multiple rooms, all classically decorated. Itís amazing that places like this still survive. The Bathams bitter and mild are two of the nicest beers you will ever find. I wished this place was my local! What more can I say.
niquillis (305) Stoke on Trent, England | April 14, 2015
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
Tradiional multi roomed boozer at the top of the Delph run (sadly the other pubs are pretty hum drum). Just Bathams beer but as that is so good you canít complain. "Down to earth" barmaids and this place is a cracker. Home for me as I was brought up on the Delph! Bull and Bladder refers to itís previous encarnation as a slaughterhouse.
DanielBrown (295) Birmingham (via Leicester), England | March 29, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
I finally visited this place last night and it was worth the wait, and then some. Multi-roomed, super comfy, super friendly. Choice is limited to the 2 Bathams beers - Bitter and Mild, but as both are fabulous, that is nay problemo. Traditional, interesting and brilliant. I love this pub. Cheap too.
BlackHaddock (437) , England | March 29, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
This isnít a pub, it is more of an institution, loved by locals and travellers alike.
Always full of life, often overflowing with characters, this is a serious drink place. On one occassion the little front bar, which can hold about 20 people, had an Irish Folk band playing. They were standing on each others heads in there, I am sure the floor would have given way, if everyone had danced in tune!
The other rooms are not so much fun, but still good drinking rooms, but try and get into the little front bar on the right, people will move up for you, they are a friendly bunch and love to chat to visitors.
Service is fast and friendly, often with some cheek, no pretty barmaids here to drag the punters in, the locals want someone who can pull a pint!
Bathamís beers, obviously cask conditioned, are as you would expect at the brewery tap, always in excellent condition.
Hot or Cold Pies are what I eat here, I think there is a bigger choice, but I get ítarget fixationí on the beer pumps whenever I visit.
A Black Country Classic, and long may it be so.
bobinlondon (12) Harrow, England | May 9, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
One of my all time favourite drinking venues. I donít think that you will find a pub on this planet where there is more beer love. Bathams Bitter starts relatively sweet, but after a few pints, a very decent fresh hop profile comes and bites you in the butt. I canít think of a pub that I find more upsetting to leave. Probably the friendliest pub in the world.
RichardW (44) Carlisle, England | July 15, 2009
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Not much more that you can add to Gazzaís comments. The beer was of a very high standard, as youíd expect, the atmosphere was relaxed and enjoyable, the sandwich was massively overfilled and tasted great, as did the íproperí pork pie and I just wish Iíd had more time there!
Gazza (164) Worcester, England | August 9, 2007
66 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
A classic. The smallest remaining Black Country brewery from the last century brews in many peopleís opinion (not mine, but they are good!) the best "Black country" beers around. If yoiu like sweetish beers then youíll probbaly love Bathams! The pub itself is a classic place with various rooms and suchlike, but the main draw is the beer. The rare winter ale appears in December - sometimes!
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