The Shrewsbury Arms (Dudley)

Joseph Hardiman

A few years back when I was training to be a barber, I worked doing reactive maintenance for a roofing firm. We travelled the country fixing leaks in pubs,(shame I didn’t write this blog then) and one day it led me here. So as I was waiting around in Dudley for my friend Andy I thought I may as well pop in and see how the old dog is.

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Now don’t get excited this is not a nice bar or pub. It’s far from that, a side road from the hustle and bustle of the shops and you just see a little Marston’s sign and you’re in the door. The pub looks like it’s straight out of the 80’s and by the gaffer taped seats and scarred leather I think that this one may have slipped down the Marston’s priority list.

The pub has low ceilings and a small bar manageable by the one member of staff who emerges from the back. Instantly I’m greeted by a jukebox which for me is really something in a pub that far behind with the times. I buy a pint of Guinness (£3.25) and notice and extensive cobs list that will be prepared fresh. That’s what I’m talking about!

There’s randomly a kitchen bin on the work surface. One more bin than ales that they have.

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This is one simple pub. One fruit machine, one jukebox, one toilet, one TV, one member of staff. But I quite like it, this is reminding me of the pubs that breathed child neglect into our lungs in the 90’s.

Lock-ins and ashtrays coming out after the bell would push this up my ratings.

But for now we settle with a 2 out of 5 beer mats.

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