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Average Holden's Bitter in a rather grubby glass. Looking round it is obvious this place needs a deep clean. Don't ever turn the ceiling fan on or everyone will disappear in a thick cloud of dust. Should be a great pub but it really isn't.
GazzaTheBeerMan - 11 Jun 2019 16:29
Characterful Black Country pub: a Holden's house serving ales in superb condition. The Black Country Mild and Black Country Bitter were both great pints. Friendly welcome and well worth a visit. 9/10.
wobblybob - 5 Oct 2016 22:27
Old style boozer with a certain charm to it. Music themed compact bar selling usual brand stuff and Holden ales which are very nice. Only drawback is goin` to the loo, like something from the 50`s...brick outhouse down t`alley..must be murder during the Winter months! Worth a visit though.
Blastbeat - 25 Apr 2016 11:50
We come to the Midlands once or twice a year and just love the Black Country Boozer.Last time we were in here, I ordered a pint and a half and sat down; within seconds some woman was trying to sell us raffle tickets, where I tried to explain that we weren't staying, but she persisted. I had to be rather firm, then we were left alone. Next minute this bloke with a heavy foreign accent was holding out a dish asking for money. I explained that I had paid for the beer, and therefore, owed no money. He pushed the dish at us a again, saying it was for the band. I said," what band", we'd only just arrived and was leaving soon, With that we left , never to return. I just wondered if anything has changed.
bobajob2 - 30 Jan 2016 19:45
At the time of writing - (07/04/2014 @11:07hrs) - I telephoned the 'The Trumpet', once the jewel of live Jazz in Bilston.

I thought to first check before we got there to about disabled access; specifically, the toilet.

Spoke to the owner with regard bringing a buddy of mine who is wheelchair bound and a Jazz lover thus, do they have a disabled toilet? His response was that they have a toilet so anyone can use it.

Clearly, the owner is ignorant of certain 'special' needs of people with such requirements. The only way I could think of, upon his request and embarrassment, was to manhandle my friend into the toilet cubicle as the chair would not fit. So much for the preservation of ones dignity.

I find it remarkable that in the 21st Century, certain establishments, due to build age are exempt by Law in the UK but you would think they would do something to cater for disabled needs i.e. toilet provision?

Bottom line - If your in a wheelchair and in particular have an incontinence condition, do not go to The Trumpet in Bilston - said but true..
Ricardo001 - 7 Apr 2014 12:38
Small and dark Holdens pub with a clear music theme. Live music is advertised and seems to be a regular occurrence. The ale range is all from Holdens - Golden Glow, Black Country Mild, Black Country Special Bitter & Black Country Bitter, on our visit last Saturday. Very quiet compared with the Wetherspoons across the road. But this is a proper pub. So you can also expect to pay more.
blue_scrumpy - 9 Sep 2012 15:51
It's great to see this little pub still going as many of its kind have fallen by the wayside over the years. It's famed for its jazz but I really don't know how they manage to get musicians and customers into such a small space!! Anyway, very friendly but the Holden's biitter was a bit under par - I am putting this down to first out of the pub that morning because I have had good beer in here before. It doesn't open till 12 noon (there is a Wetherpsoons across the road if you're waiting) but this is a pub worth visiting and supporting and keeping alive. If you like a ber and are into jazz - then this is a pub for you. If you're not into jazz then go along anyway and see what it's all about!
mcroyal - 12 Aug 2012 10:21
After failing to get served at the OWR (see review) we decamped here, and found at least a dozen other customers with similar experiences. That's probably the best part of 100 spent here rather than there. Lovely Holden's, albeit not the cheapest but the Trumpet is the sort of place where I'd happily pay a levy to help keep it going, friendly regulars and unspoilt from the last time I was in here a few years ago. A great pub.
djw - 27 Jan 2012 18:07
after visiting the pub for the first time we found it to be full of old people they were like zombies from a horror film the pub came to a stand still when we walked in we purchased two drinks the beer wasn't good and pricey we made our way to the end of the pub where there were a group of musicians playing the next minute we had a Russian queer waving a pint glass with some loose change in and some raffle tickets we said no thank you several times he became aggressive he said the tickets are free but wanted paying not a very nice gay after talking to people at a nearby pub they said this was the norm and the man in question was the landlord we suggest you give this pub a wide birth or enter at your risk
tom4567 - 18 Jul 2011 22:33
What an interesting pub at the top of the High Street. Beers from Holdens and kept well. Jazz dominates but hey...no bad thing. Worth a jaunt from the Metro.
LickeyEndBooze - 20 Nov 2010 23:07
Seasonal special was the Wharfinger with the usual range of Holden's being Special, Mild, Golden Glow and Black Country Bitter. Dusty jazz and music related paraphernalia all over the pub. Jazz playing every evening and Sunday lunchtimes. Not much room inside but plenty of room in the beer yard.


GuideDogSaint - 5 Sep 2010 15:19
Couldn't disagree with the other reviews. Yesterday they were offering Holdens Mild, Bitter, Special, Golden Glow and Wind Blower. The Bitter at 2.30 was excellent as was the Mild at 2.10. Recorded Jazz music was a little loud for my taste but that's a small gripe.
cheshirecat - 14 May 2010 09:38
This pub is in the town centre. The inside is an education in jazz and music, with all kinds of memorabilia, instruments and ornaments decorating the place. Even if you are not a jazz fan, its impressive. The staff are great and the music sessions are not just jazz. I can take or leave jazz, but last night, they hit the spot for me with a great rendition of 'A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square'.

I loved the fact that other than one C***ling tap, a cider, Abbots Ale, the rest is Holdens, a quality local brewery. The MILD is my personal favourite, but their bitter and Golden Glow are fine too. Last night i tried the Special,at 5.1%, as well. It was excellent.

In all the visits i have made here, i can say i have only had one pint that was not on top form. The local CAMRA lot were in last night to promote the local ale campaign, which the landlord supported immediately.

A beacon in Bilston
Archivist - 20 Jun 2009 12:43
This is a quirky little pub owned by Holdens brewery, and its either a pub you will love or you will hate. Its a marmite pub..

Personally i liked it, but my colleague was less impressed. It depends on whether you like Jazz music or not.

Beer quality was A1. Absolutely superb. I could have stopped all day. But sadly we had other pubs to visit.

This pub is a 8/10 pub. But if you dont like Jazz then perhaps you may want to try somewhere else instead.
cannockchaser - 21 Oct 2008 15:59
Tend to go during the day as i'm not a fan of jazz but they do shut for a few hours late afternoon.Class Holdens mild.Dr's verdict - best in Bilston.
TheCasualDoctor - 21 Jul 2008 20:56
Interesting - good pint of Holden's Golden, worth a visit
KeithP - 25 Feb 2008 13:30
Enjoyed a visit to this friendly Holdens pub in Bilston and the beer was excellent. I love looking round the walls at the posters and the character drawings, and as I was told by the lady behind the bar it is like a museum.
gillhalfpint - 28 Nov 2007 22:41
Excellent example of what a traditional pub should be - Good well priced beer (including a wide range from Holden's brewery), excellent historical decor (you need to come yourselves to see the range of old photos and adverts)and Jazz music most nights. Sit back with a pint of Holden's Golden Glow and enjoy the music and atmosphere!
Just to mention this pub has also known to be visited by local Politicians (at least one of the Wolverhampton MP's).
JJINTHEPUB - 11 Nov 2006 12:21
No juke box, no pool table, no fruit machines. They're not missed because this is a friendly pub serving Holden's Black Country Ales. Has live jazz music on at weekends. Occasionally visited by members of Slade
AndyVen - 10 Aug 2006 15:51

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