Brum To Wolves Midland Metro Line: Part 3 – End Of The Line

As the Midland Metro Line Crawl neared the end of the road there was still time to stop off at a couple of classic boozers.

The Metro system is excellent and. as I mentioned before, less than three quid to hop on and off trams all day that run every six minutes.  Once Birmingham City Council have finally achieved their dream of introducing congestion charges pedestrianising the whole of the city then this should become even more popular as it is proposed to stretch to the NEC.

(proposed extensions)

Wolves Metro Map

I can’t wait for pub crawlers to get off there and wander into Chelmsley Wood and Smithswood looking for a boozer….

Anyway, back to the present, and anywhere from Dartmouth Street through to The Hawthorns covers West Brom and the football ground, so there are a decent selection of boozers to pick from.

(take your pick)

Birmingham Metro (Website 4

I’ve not been to West Bromwich High Street for the best part of 25 years I reckon and had forgotten just how long it is.

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But the general consensus was that it was time to make our debut in 462 – The Wheatsheaf B70 9QW which is right at the far end of the High Street.

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This is prime Baggies territory and with a game on later in the evening the boozers would be expecting trade to be a bit livelier later on but this was still mid-afternoon.

It’s a classic building from the outside but has had a big refurb inside and is now a big open plan boozer with big screens dotted around along with pool and darts.

Luckily, the screen was showing a selection of Stock, Aitken and (Pete) Waterman’s (Walsall’s greatest export) finest so were treated to the likes of Kylie, Jason, Rick Astley and Brother Beyond!

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Unlike the Sow And Pigs this place did have darts so we embarked on a game and whilst I don’t like to mention my sporting prowess on this site I can confirm that I didn’t finish second or third.

(drinking pal doing best Christopher Biggins impression) 

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The barman had a cap on and was happy to help but enjoying the relative peace.  I reckon he has to be on his toes as this place gets lively of an evening and a weekend and there was a massive array of Holden’s beers on the bar as well as plenty of Throstles memorabilia on the walls.

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I thought I’d go for their (Holden’s) Black Country Lager which was actually very decent and had a touch of the Staropramen about it as we spent a very enjoyable half hour in a proper pub.

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Back on the tram saw us jump off at (Soho) Benson Road station and visit the funniest boozer of the day.

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463 – Black Eagle B18 5JU is on Factory Road on the outskirts of Hockley, which is the less gentrified region of the Jewellery Quarter and still has some industry.  In fact, it’s about 250 yards from another cracking desi pub that has been revitalised and brought back from the dead called The New Soho Tavern.

I’ve been there before for some food and it is top class as are a lot of the desi pubs in this area.  However, you can’t ignore the classic standalone Black Eagle as it is a Victorian pub with two small bars and a larger food based room at the back.

Two lads in the corner were preparing to attend an Only Fools And Horses convention in Margate and were trying to persuade their third mate to join them.

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He was well oiled by this time and most physical (head locks generally) and verbal persuasion wasn’t working but we joined in the conversation and it was top class pub banter.

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The barmaid was also good value and one of my drinking pals bet her a pound that his drink had a bit of grapefruit flavouring and she reckoned it was pineapple (I think).

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Either way it was a bet he lost which, after visiting eight pubs, wasn’t a huge shock; this is a place that knows its audience though and not a quiet boozer whilst being set up en route for  Baggies fans on a match day.

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You can’t knock a homemade pump clip and the (Salopian) beer was excellent along with the funny atmosphere in its snug front bar, which meant this was arguably pub of the day…

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Bearing in mind we didn’t stop at any pubs in either the Jewellery Quarter or Brum then there are another two dozen top class boozers to visit within spitting distance of this tram line.

A top day exploring some of Birmingham and the Black Country’s lesser known lights, but proving that the pub world is still very much alive and kicking.

15 thoughts on “Brum To Wolves Midland Metro Line: Part 3 – End Of The Line

  1. Some crackers here too Beermat – with the Trumpet and the Wheatsheaf you’ve made a good start on exploring the Holdens estate. Black Eagle is a real gem and makes a great combination with the New Soho Tavern (a pub I never thought would come back to life, it was an absolute mess for years before it got resurrected). I’ve already scouted Chelmsley Wood for flat roof material so if the Metro ever does get extended out there you’ll have no excuse for not visiting the Greenwood or the Centurion! Cheers, Paul

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    1. I’ve got a mate from Smith’s wood and even he won’t go in the greenwood!!! However more than happy to go there in terms of research 😄 the centurion is not too bad and I’ve been there in the last decade with some pals and good quality estate boozer…shard end and castle brom have got a few too but that’s a bit of a trek from Chelmsley….
      Yes new Soho tavern is really good 👍 I am an honorary bonkss mild Mon!!

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      1. Banks’s Mild can be a cracking ale on top form, and I’m rather partial to the Holden’s Mild too (worth a go if you do return to Trumpet or Wheatsheaf). I’ve done both the Greenwood and the Centurion and lived to tell the tale, and on the Shard End side the Trident is another I’ve sampled that is scarred into my memory. In fairness they weren’t that bad and it’s all part of the fun of exploring.

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  2. Great series of posts and a selection of pubs that I’ve never visited…not even the much vaunted Black Eagle! (Not from anything other than its not a place that has been easy to get to [for those of my friends who don’t know how to use the tram!])

    The Metro Line could provide the basis for a Proper Day Out – we’ve done Birmingham, we’ve done Digbeth and Wolverhampton has been done – but the tram line could offer a slightly different perspective on the West Midlands. You seem to have found enough decent boozers to fill a day!

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  3. “less than three quid to hop on and off trams all day that run every six minutes”

    Blimey. That’s a good deal.

    “(take your pick)”

    I’ll opt for Jewellery Quarter. That’s a bargain, getting jewellery for a quarter (25 cents over here). 🙂

    “it was time to make our debut in 462 – The Wheatsheaf B70 9QW ”

    Which is not to be confused with the Wheatsheaf in Part 1. 😉

    “Luckily, the screen was showing a selection of Stock, Aitken and (Pete) Waterman’s (Walsall’s greatest export) finest so were treated to the likes of Kylie, Jason, Rick Astley and Brother Beyond!”

    I have no idea what that means. 🙂

    “I can confirm that I didn’t finish second or third.”

    There were only three players, right? 😉

    “and had a touch of the Staropramen about it”

    Blimey. Are you a paid up Lager connoisseur? 🙂

    “which is the less gentrified region of the Jewellery Quarter”

    So… jewellery for 10 cents?

    “Two lads in the corner were preparing to attend an Only Fools And Horses convention in Margate and were trying to persuade their third mate to join them.”

    You’d have to be a pretty big fan to do that.

    “Either way it was a bet he lost which, after visiting eight pubs, wasn’t a huge shock;”

    (slow golf clap)

    “You can’t knock a homemade pump clip”

    For a second I thought the homemade pump clip said Holden’s Black Country MILF. 😉

    “but proving that the pub world is still very much alive and kicking.”

    Indeed. Especially if you know where to look.

    Cheers

    PS – “and. as I mentioned before,”

    That period should be an apostrophe.

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