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The Bottle and Glass, Dudley - pub details

Bottle and Glass

Address: Tipton Road, Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4SQ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 32752) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Tipton (0.7 miles), Dudley Port (1.2 miles), Coseley (1.8 miles)

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Superb 'time warp' pub in the Black Country Living Museum. Sawdust on the bar room floor, roaring coal fires in the individual rooms, plenty of atmosphere and sells cheese cobs and pork pies if you are feeling peckish. The Banks's Tommy 'ommer was very tasty and in superb condition. 10/10 for the pub and the museum is 10/10 as well.
wobblybob - 16 Mar 2017 14:28
Only open during Museum hours as it forms a centrepiece of the Black Country village replica which has, astoundingly, been mostly constructed from existing buildings nearby that were threatened with demolition. This used to stand with its back to the Canal by the Stourbridge Flight of 16 locks, and what a pub it must've been! It is exceedingly unusual in having been given a new lease of life in a different context in the 1970s, and it now thrives as a hub of activity for visitors to, and employees of, the Museum. Sadly it is all too easy to get carried away enjoying its authentic Edwardian wares; so much so that one can miss vast swathes of other interesting diversions on the site!
We found 4 pumps dispensing cask ale - although in its notional 1910 setting the terms "cask" or "real" were entirely unnecessary as that was all one got - authentically lacking any clips. 3 beers - a mild, bitter and best may be found (courtesy of Banks's) and 1 cider (Thatcher's). Although I am not the world's greatest Banks's fan, I and one of my co-travellers agreed that the Original (Mild) was the best we'd ever had it served, and was one of the finest tastiest chewiest pints of Mild I'd had from any brewery. The landlady, in full costume (as all employees have to be to evoke the "living" element of the museum's ambitions), was very engaging and told us that besides their efforts, they had an exceptionally conducive cellar which may account for the quality.
The front parlour area is minimalist, with only a few items adorning the walls and some beind the bar - the only sign of 2010 there was a few modern bottled ales from current outfits. We are advised this is exactly how records indicate it would have been. Sawdust is scattered around the floor. A friendly policeman pops in from time to time to check for inebriation levels! All part of the theatre.
I must say this was both impressive and absorbing in equal measure. Its only crimes are the insistence on modern health and safety regulations (nobody is exempt!), and the fact that 2010 prices are charged. Indeed, in an area where beer is generally found to be very competitively-priced at 2.40 to 2.90 (this is a good 50p less than what I'm used to as a Southerner), the B & G will set you back in excess of 3. Still, I wouldn't have missed it for the world and I think the atmosphere it evokes is worth the extra pennies.
TWG - 27 Sep 2010 17:22
Timewarp pub- literally, being housed where it is! It's 1910 in here, and asking for a 'Coke' will not go down well, although dandelion and burdock, sarsparilla etc. are available.
Two rooms, a rear room with a piano, and a front bar roon, are both bare-boards as you'd expect, and have roaring fires.
Sawdust on the floors and staff in period dress mean it's twee, but it also serves the excellent Bathams Bitter and Mild on handpump, plus more of their beers in bottles- so that can't be bad. As noted museum prices at 3 for either.
Apparently every day people come in and ask for Carling, Fosters or similar- why does that not surprise me?
The Museum itself is a great day out and a visit here when you are there shoud be a priority.
Carlurmston - 31 Mar 2010 17:33
I have visited this place a fair bit, for professional reasons - I even appeared on their TV advert last year!

The pub dates to the early 19th cent and originally stood on the canal at the Stourbridge locks. The pub has several rooms, that at the back being an extension. The front of the pub dates to the 1870s. It has wooden seats, as you would expect. The service is friendly and the place aims to capture the historic experience, with sawdust on the floor and landlord dressing the part, although it is perhaps too clean!

The pub is not a place people stay all day - its in a museum, hence the drinks are 3.00 a pint or bottle - not cheap for MILD. The pub had Banks's MILD and bitter on cask, with Holdens MILD, bitter, Golden Glow and Old Pardoe's Bumblehole in bottles (both local breweries). The beer is good and we were served in proper glasses.

If at the museum, you have to pop in for one, as its part of the experience. Just enjoy it.

Archivist - 21 Jun 2009 20:35
Great Pub in the Black Country Museum serving only Real Ale in surroundings like it used to be in the 1900's. Choice of Bitter and Mild (Holden's) very nice. No Larger etc. Just like a pub should be! Shame it was served in plastic glasses! I don't suppose they had the problems with health and saftey in those days!
stevane - 22 Sep 2008 13:29

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