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Shakespeare, Dudley - pub details

Address: 74 Stafford Street, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1RT [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 33519) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Tipton (1.9 miles), Dudley Port (2.2 miles), Coseley (2.7 miles)

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user reviews of Shakespeare, Dudley

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I've been meaning to visit this pub for a while and finally got the opportunity last weekend. It's a proper old fashioned boozer with some nice features and at least 3 small rooms. We stayed in the front bar and chatted briefly with the locals whilst supping a keg Theakston Mild. As with the last review 3 years ago, the beer selection still remains Theakston Mild or Fosters, with both Banks's pumps redundant. Worth a visit to see how Black Country pubs used to be. But you wouldn't come here to be wowed by the beer range!
blue_scrumpy - 9 Sep 2012 16:11
Small, basic, three - roomed pub situated in Stafford Street, just off the High Street. The pub features in CAMRA's National Inventory of Unspoilt Interiors and the interior is certainly reminiscent of an earlier ( and better ?) age of pub going.

As you enter, the tap room ( note the etched windows ) is on your left. This is a small simple room with wood pannelling and fixed seating around the walls. This room is where the bar counter is located. There's a small TV in the corner, which, on my early Saturday evening visit, was showing one of these typically mundane family quiz shows and being watched by hardly anyone as the pub was virtually deserted.

Further back, accessed via the central corridor, is the games room, featuring a dartboard and fixed seating. There's a fine collection of darts trophies, both in here and the tap room, and I got the impression that the dartboard was probably the focal part of the pub. Service to the games room is provided via a hatch to the main bar. Across the way is the smoke room ( again notice the etched windows ), serviced through a hatch in the corridor.. There's the seemingly obligatory outside toilets in a back yard at the end of the corridor.

An interesting framed picture in the tap room records the history of the pub and tells us that it was first recorded as an alehouse in the 1820's. It is now the only pub left on Stafford Street out of an original 13.

It's a Banks pub, but neither the Original nor the Bitter - dispensed by electric pump, not handpump incidentally - were available on my early evening visit. But a nice pint of Theakston's Mild - 2.16p - was enjoyed.

This is a basic, simple pub that won't appeal to everybody - and I am disappointed to report that it was depressingly devoid of custom when I dropped in - but if you want to see what "Unspoilt by Progress" ( as the Banks' slogan goes ) really means, then do call in.
JohnBonser - 25 Sep 2009 13:43
Featured on the cover of a CAMRA newsletter earlier in the year this is a typical workin man's boozer with an interior that has not changed in years, only banks's on draught,its not the mostr comfortable place in the world but it is a must-see type of place, 5/10
fat_beer_badger - 17 Nov 2008 14:11

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