Pub Guide

Staffordshire

This will only be covering South Staffordshire, probably the Kinver area.

Martson's and Banks's pubs: Back in the 1980s, Banks's and (especially) Marston's pubs and ales were a guarantee of a superb pint and usually something interesting in a pub. Unfortunately in the last few years, this is no longer the case. All the Marston's/Banks's pubs I have tried recently serve the beer much too cold and also squeeze it through a much-too-tight sparkler which destroys the taste and makes the beers these pubs sell (often quite an interesting selection) all taste rather "samey" and often bland. It is a great pity and  for this reason, I generally avoid these pubs, though I do occasionally try them just in case there are any which buck the trend. I would love to try some Banks's or Marston's beers at an independent pub or from the barrel (e.g. at a beer festival) just to find out if they are still as good as they used to be.

Page last updated: January 29, 2016

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Amblecote - The Robin Hood                                                                                                                          "What pub" entry
196-200 Collis St, Amblecote, Stourbridge DY8 4EQ, Tel: 01384 821 120   [note: Collis Street is one-way running from Brettell Lane to the main road.]
Parking on the road outside the pub, the side road just after the pub and possibly in the park's small car park opposite as well.

Cosy, friendly and comfortable, but unspoiled, this is a gem of a pub, with a changing array of interesting ales and an unfussy food menu. It is also bigger that you would expect with about four separate rooms in which to savour your drink and/or food. If you are not sure which ales to have, you will most likely be offered a sample to try (as we were). This may not help much as they are all kept so well !

Beer: Bathams Bitter & Mild; Holden's Golden Glow; Old Swan Bumblehole & Entire; Kinver Light Railway; Enville Ginger.
1-2-2014: We tried Bathams Bitter; Holden's Golden Glow, Old Swan Bumblehole & Entire. All were
excellent.
Food:
from fresh cobs to full meals, at reasonable prices.

Last Visited: February 1, 2014

 
Enville - The Cat Inn
DY7 5HA; Tel: 01384 872209; website

Attractive and cosy 18th century pub in unspoiled village. There is a small garden with about 10 tables. This pub is one of the main outlets for Enville Brewery's ales. They have the honey-enhanced Enville Ale on as standard, with a couple of other Enville ales usually available. In addition they serve a couple of guest ales from other local breweries.
NOTE: The pub is closed on Mondays and Sunday evenings and closes in the afternoons (in between lunchtime & evening session).

Beer: Enville Bitter, Enville White, Enville Ginger. Beer is served through a tight sparkler, which deadens the taste a little
24/3/12: Guest ales: Salopian Lemon Dream (too lemony for me); Three Tuns 1642 Bitter (excellent).
Food: Good selection of home-cooked food; prices in the 8 - 10 range. Also sandwiches, baguettes & jacket potatoes.
24/3/12: I had their home made steak & Ale pie with fresh vegetables (8.75). It was excellent.
13/1/16:

Visited: January 13, 2016 (lunchtime)

 

Kinver - The Cross Inn
Church Hill, DY7 6HZ, Tel: 01384 872 435

Situated just off the one end of the high street, this pub was refurbished and re-opened in 2010 after being derelict for some years. It is now owned by Black Country Ales and, as is usual with their pubs, serves a number of fairly obscure beers from around the country as well as BCA's own brews.  The pub is clean, comfortable and cosy, with an open fire in the winter months.

Beer: BCA various (none on at my visit), plus about 4 guests ales.
8-3-11: Orkney Northern Light
(very good, but a little hazy); Downton Maryska (Ok but a bit cloudy) ; White Horse Boiling Well (excellent)
Food: Snacks such as rolls, cobs, toasties and pies all under 2 each (Tuesday lunchtime visit)

Last Visited: March 8, 2011

 

Kinver - The Royal Exchange
DY7 6ER, Tel: 01384 872 683

Small traditional locals pub at the north end of the town at the start of the Enville road. Real fire.

Beer: Bank's Bitter; Wychwood's Bah Humbug (excellent - extremely tasty) ; Ringwood Huffkin ale (very good, but a bit bland) Beer a little on the cold & over-sparkled side.
Food: Not sure if they do food.

Last Visited: December 8, 2009

Kinver - The Plough And Harrow
DY7 6HD, Tel: 01384 872 659

Friendly unspoilt pub at the North end of the town. Juke box tending to be a bit loud. Big-screen TV not too intrusive. Worth visiting for the beer alone!

Beer: Bathams Bitter and Mild (excellent - top-class condition)
21/12/13: Bitter is 2.60 a pint
Food: Freshly-made cobs & snacks
21/12/13: Cobs are 1.50. very nice and fresh.

Last Visited: December 21, 2013

 
Kinver - The Vine
DY7 6LJ, Tel: 01384 877 291; website

A comfortable pub next to the canal. Lots of outside picnic tables by the canal. Gas open fire.  Large car park.
Recently re-opened (2013). The website says it has been completely modernized & refurbished, but to my eyes it hadn't changed much since my last visit in 2011.

Beer: Kinver Edge; Enville Ale & Enville Ginger; Salopian Hop Twister; St Austell Tribute. (The last two are guest ales).
21/12/13:
Tried Kinver Edge (Excellent, but quite expensive at 3.15 a pint)
Food: very limited choice of standard pub grub in the 7- 10 price range. (not tried) (see website).

Last Visited: December 21, 2013.

Stourton - The Fox Inn
DY7 5BL, Tel: 01384 872 614; website

On the A458 Stourbridge to Bridgnorth road. Pub with quite an emphasis on food, but with good beer as well.

Beer: Batham's Bitter; Enville Ginger Ale. - both Excellent
Food: Quite a good selection in the 6 - 10 range.
8-12-09: I had beef, mushroom and stilton pie (flaky pastry), with chips & peas. It was huge and LOTS of meat. Very tasty.
Excellent.

Last Visited: December 8, 2009.