#Pub 49: The Anchor, Brownhills

Almost out beyond the Kuiper belt is another plastic pub, The Anchor. but not as bad as The Horse & Jockey.

All the usual stuff if you like that but no more than a 3/5.

#Pub 48: The Horse & Jockey, Walsall Wood

A typical pub chain local mainly concentrating on food and not much else as most of the beer was off and I ended up drinking Sam Adams from a bottle.

Very false character and very plastic.


#Pub 47: The Manor Arms, Rushall

If a pub makes it into Trip Advisor’s website, you know pretty well that this is a special pub as indeed it is. I have been visiting it for three decades and the intervention of JC ensured that this was a quick visit but well worth it. No bar, old Grade II listed with cosy rooms and a quiet friendly atmosphere and excellent ale. If you wanted to nominate one pub to survive this would probably be top of the list.


#Pub 46: The Boatman’s Rest, Walsall Wood

Oh dear. What was once a smart popular pub seems to have fallen foul of the loud music brigade so reminiscent of the Scottish Woman. The beer wasn’t bad though and the d├ęcor is smart-ish. Lets hope it recovers it’s glory days soon.


#Pub 45: The Drunken Duck, Walsall Wood

Possibly the best pub in Walsall Wood and well worth a visit. Good selection of ale, entertainment some times includes a bar brawl and interesting layout of rooms. Friendly local as well.


#Pub 44: The Black Cock, Walsall Wood

This is a strange pub. Having seen Duffers band there last year and seen the locals run for it, I was expecting better beer but I found the atmosphere almost as bad as the dreaded Angel. And the lack of Banks’s Mild marked it down to me immediately. To it’s credit it has “atmosphere” and architecturally, is interesting. It did rise above itself when we could sit outside and watch the sun go down, but even this small pleasure was marred by the constant horn-blowing of car drivers trying to get over the pack bridge.


#Pub 43: The Royal Exchange, Walsall Wood

This is the Stymaster and Stymistresses local eatery and is very good rating a 4/5. Good selection of ale, varied range on the menu and although “quiet”, has a nice ambience about it. The large TV may not be to everybody taste, but it did attract a number of families so scored high on that.


Walsall 2:1 Brighton & Hove Albion

A great victory for Walsall last night in the Capital One Cup (League Cup) and a great game of football! After going down 1-0 to a dubious penalty, Walsall levelled with a well constructed goal that started on the right, a step over from Sawyers and a great shot from Lalkovic. Another Brighton penalty was skied over the bar and that roused Walsall to finish the game with a great goal from the brilliant Rico Henry.

2,968 crowd were treated to a really memorable game of football. And as a bonus, they’ve drawn Chelsea in the next round!

Not the summer of love

As discussed with various people, women are strange creatures at times. And apparently misreading their visual clues and what I took for flirting was apparently wrong all along. So the guides off the internet are all wrong chaps and psychologists have got it just as wrong as well! All you single chaps beware!