Visited here numerous times but last occasion on a bus beer crawl. A lot of rooms and a tiny bar with a serving hatch, thereís also a sort of garden room in the place, itís quite bizarre. Beer range on cask comes from the attached brewery plus a couple of guests. Qualty is good as are the prices. A gem of a pub and one I must go back to.
Part of the Black Country pub crawl organized by SarkyNorthener, RichTheVillan and jmgreenuk. Large car park. Really interesting tiny central bar with a window so you canít look your barman in the eye. Lots of other rooms, nooks and crannies, plus a botanical garden. Nice place.
jjsint (530) Cambridge, England | August 10, 2015| Updated October 25, 2015
One of those pubs thatís terribly hard to rate. On one hand they only(!) offer about seven real ales... On the other hand, itís beer heaven. Several labyrinthine rooms lead to the central bar which offers three Sarah Hughes beers (Amber, Ruby Mild and Surprise), with guest beers from Kinver, Fernandes and Arbor. Itís perfect really, but as this is RateBeer, itís marked down for selection. Just a bit.
A Black Country gem and one for getting those Sarah Hughes beers, though you see them quite often these days. A proper traditional multi roomed boozer including a bar with a modesty screen. 2 guest ales (Downton and Arbor) on this visit. Worth going to see how pubs should be.
What a marvelous place this is! Its a time warp in many ways. Beer is very good, especially the Sarah Hughes Pale ale , with some good guest ales for good measure, although a limited selection. A good mixed crowd of local familes in the garden, old folks, people winding down after work, its a proper black country pub. Really recommended, a real pub, real people, real beer....get over there!
Magnificent Victoriana, is probably two words that sum this pub up best. Architecturally superb, insane tummy level serving hatch so you canít look staff in the face, and all the Sarah Hughes beers on tap, which are brewed on site. Lovely big garden, conservatory, little snugs dotted about, and lets not forget the manager, Alexandra Marchant, is both charming and beautiful. A real tucked away Black Country gem. Wonderful.
A quirky brewery and pub Ė well worth a visit. Thereís been a brewery here since 1921 (or so the sign says) and in fact it looks like an old fashioned brewery in miniature with a pub tacked onto the front. Thereís a tiny central bar with two or three small hatches at waist height and the pump clips face inwards so you have to find the blackboard with the list of beers and then bend down to poke your head through the hatch to get served. Iíd have thought it contravenes some health and safety regulation or other because the bar staff must be permanently stooped. Having said that, itís charming. Thereís a drinking corridor, a couple of snugs and a smoke room leading into a conservatory, plus an area to sit outside in the brewery yard at the back. When we visited on the Ratebeer Black Country Bash they had three guest ales on draught alongside their own three flagship beers.
(Visited 6 July 2013).
Quirky! One of the oddest serving arrangement Iíve ever seen, a belly button level serving hatch. Canít look the staff in the face. Nice side bar and nice garden. Watch out for the tiled floor - slippery fucker when wet! Solid beers here if a narrow selection. All in all well worth a visit.
Visited on the RB Black Country bus trip - first visit here for some 12 years!
Cracking Victoriana boozer on a large plot of land.
The interior is split into a number of rooms and the engine of this pub is the serving hatch near the main entrance. You litterally have to stoop to one of the hatches to get served, there is no bar per say!
Beers featured 3 or 4 offerings from Sarah Hughes whoís brewery is on site. Guests from Oakham and Newark, all the beers were in good nick.
A large beer garden is out the back and we sat outside in a small pavillion taking some shade onboard.