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Beer Available At Vine [Bull and Bladder] (Bathams) (arranged by most recent)
DanielBrown (280) 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 (383) , England | March 29, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
This isn’t 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!
Batham’s 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 ’target fixation’ 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 don’t 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 can’t think of a pub that I find more upsetting to leave. Probably the friendliest pub in the world.
RichardW (40) 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 Gazza’s comments. The beer was of a very high standard, as you’d expect, the atmosphere was relaxed and enjoyable, the sandwich was massively overfilled and tasted great, as did the ’proper’ pork pie and I just wish I’d had more time there!
Gazza (163) 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 people’s opinion (not mine, but they are good!) the best "Black country" beers around. If yoiu like sweetish beers then you’ll 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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