Stourbridge is the home to the finest UK glassware manufacturers. Dotted around the North of the town are factory shops and museums dedicated to the history of the area. Unfortunately little is now actually made in Stourbridge, but the museums and workshops make for an interesting day out.more
Booked to eat at the restaurant above west one wine bar as id driven past it a few times on my way to work.....well what can i say, absolutley amazing. the decor was really fresh, similar to the bar downstairs but more understated. the waiter was so lovely, showing us to our sat and making us feel relaxed.looking at the menu it was around the right...more
Steak and ale pie sounded nice on the menu, but I suspect that Fray Bentos were the real cooks involved in its production. Dry and tasteless, but at least the mash with it was genuine - you could tell by the lumps. I finished with the syrup sponge which had spent a little too long in the microwave. All edible, but I could have thrown this together...more
Lots to choose from here.Chinese, Indian, Italian, Steak, Pizza, Pub grub, Coffee shops, Quick bite cafes. It's all within minutes of the centre of Stourbidge; most can be found on the high Street itself. Whatever your culinery preference, you will always find it in Stourbridge.List of just a few:-Luciano's Italian restaurant (Victoria Passage)...more
The Mitre has been long noted for its food offerings at lunchtimes.Various ales are on offer here, including Draught Guinness.Music features strongly at night times in the function room upstairs.As you can see from the picture, the pub is a half timbered black and white building, but it was only built in the 1920's as a Butlers show pub.Price...more
The Hogshead started off as a real ale bar ONLY under the Whitbread flag.Things changed and the Hogshead chain went their own way, not necessarily for the better.Real ale can still be obtained here but in lesser variety than when originally set up.Now the pub caters for the younger crowd and large screen TV does not do it any favours. Food can...more
This is a Servicemens' club mainly for ex Army, Navy and Airforce personnels use.Price range:Excellent value for money.Atmosphere:Good.Theme:The inside is nothing special to write about. Formica covered tables for the inevitable games of 'Bingo', I suppose.Opening times:From mid day until 11pm.Disabled notes:Level access. Toilets narrow. Smart...more
The Moorings is a pub that has grown in size by taking over the buildings next door. It used to be called 'The Barrel' many years ago.The pub is beside the terminus of the Stoubridge canal arm. Narrowboat trips start from very near here in Summer months.Food available.Real ale can be taken here.Price range:Good value for money.Atmosphere:Good most...more
This pub has had avery tasteful refit a few years ago.A really cosy atmosphere inside with a good food sellection at lunchtimes.Price range:Good value for money.Atmosphere:Good most of the time.Theme:Olde Worlde.Opening times:From mid day until 3pm and 7pm until 11pm.Disabled notes:2 steps up to the entrance. Toilets narrow. Smart Casual.My Map...more
The Metropolitan used to be a reasonably smart restaurant called 'The Page Arms'. Now in the light of todays so called customer requirements, it has become a wine bar / night club place to join the rest of the throng 'jumping on the band wagon' and pandering to the younger drinker.Still does food.There are too many places going this way.Price...more
The Red Lion is another unspoit pub with a pleasant Bar and comfortable Lounge.This pub deserves more trade than it actually gets, being in a quiter area of town.Price range:Good value for money.Atmosphere:Good most of the time.Theme:Basic and old.Opening times:From 11am day until 11pm.Disabled notes:Level access. Toilets narrow. Casual.My Map...more
Once a hotel, now, sadly a pub only. As can be seen from the picture, it is quite an impressive place. It has a bar and lounge on the ground floor and a function room above which can cater for many.This is a Banks's house and draught Mild and Bitter are on sale here as well as Guinness and Lagers.Price range:Good value for money.Atmosphere:Good...more
Like it says at the top of this page, this pub is right opposite the main Doctors' surgery in Worcester Street.Banks's draught Mild and Bitter are served here. Also Draught Guinness.Price range:Good value for money.Atmosphere:Good most of the time.Theme:Olde Worlde.Opening times:From mid day until 11pm.Disabled notes:Level access. Toilets outside...more
A cosy and comfortable pub with Bar and very nice Lounge. This used to be an M & B pub but now serves Banks' Mild in the light of deregulation of the Breweries monopolies in the late 70's.Price range:Good value for money.Atmosphere:Good most of the time.Theme:Basic bar with nice lounge.Opening times:From mid day until 11pm.Disabled notes:1 step up...more
This is a very 'rough and ready pub. Used mainly by locals, although the bar has been totally redecorated, this pub caters for the lower end of the social scale.Beers served are Banks' traditional Mild and Bitter along with Draught Guinness.Price range:Good value for money.Atmosphere:Good.Theme:Olde Worlde.Opening times:From mid day until...more
Another new disco pub. Quiet at lunchtimes where you can get a meal but comes alive at night when the sound volume goes up and the lights come down.Price range:A bit more expensive.Atmosphere:Poor.Theme:Modern.Opening times:From 11am until late.Disabled notes:Many steps inside and 2 steps up to the entrance. Toilets are upstairs. Smart casual to...more
Description:I must admit that because I live in the area, I have only sampled the ancilliary side of the hotel, i.e. their bar and function rooms.I am told, however, that all rooms are very nice.The hotel is an old coaching inn and parts of it date back to the sixteenth century.Unique Qualities:Nice 'olde worlde' character but I am told that...more
This used to be a very nice pub that has gone down in recent years. A favourite with the Student person, this place really had very little to offer the passing traveller.I certainly would not have drank the draught beer in here. As a footnote though. The pub has just changed manager so it could get back on the rails. Who knows? I will keep looking....more
A new Lloyds No.1 has opened in the centre of Stourbridge. Lloyds pubs are similar to J.D. Wetherspoons, and are owned by the same chain but are a touch more up market. Lloyd also have background music where as Wetherspoons do not.Beers and food at reasonable prices is their gimmick. Seems to work too !Drawback: They do charge admission to the...more
Stourbridge is fortunate to have two railway stations run by Central Trains. The main line station, Stourbridge Junction, about 1 mile out of town and the branchline Stourbridge Town, which serves the town centre. Also Travel West Midlands buses have a bus station at the "Town end" which serve all areas around Stourbridge and both train and bus...more
There is a direct train service to London Marylebone from Stourbridge Junction Station run by Chiltern Rail.Jan 2003 The direct service has been altered slightly. Mon to Fri there are now 3 trains direct to London between 06.33 and 08.37 and 4 trains returning in the evening. On Sats there are 5 trains between 05.46 and 09.21, the return trains are...more
At the further end of the high Street from the bus and train station, past the town clock, you will find on your left, the Crown Centre. This is another car free, semi covered shopping centre and contains such shops as Safeways (Morrisons), Spencers - the indoor stall market, Pound Freeze, the Public Library, Council Offices - including the Regisry...more
Half way down Stourbridge High Street and on the left is the entrance to the Ryemarket. Mostly under cover, such shops as Waitrose, W.H Smiths, Woolworths, Boots and Iceland are amongst the retail outlets here. There is also a coffee shop and cafeteria to 'keep the wolf from the door'. The far entrance/exit comes out in Market Street where a...more
The Merry Hill shopping centre was once one of the largest of it's kind, although its now been surpassed. It is still a vast complex of shops including all the usual favourites with a few specialist shops to add some variety.The centre is best avoided in December as it is grid-lock in the car-parks and a rugby scrum round the shops.more
Many people have come to Stourbridge thinking that they are at Stourport by accident. Stourport is about 10 - 12 miles away from Stourbridge and is where the river Stour and the canal join with the river Severn.Stourport used to be, and still is to a lesser extent, a popular day out destination for the people of the industrial Midlands.more
Other than Birmingham, the nearest city to Stourbridge is Worcester. Home of the famous sauce, it is a river city and the Severn flows majesticly through.Worcester is a city full of history, as the main pictur may tell. It has a wonderful cathedral and many old buildings which are all worth a look at. This is definately a place to bring your...more
All through the summer (May-Sept) Stourbridge Croquet Club play in Mary Stevens Park. Club nights are Wednesday starting at 6pm and playing until sunset and we also play on Friday mornings. New members and visitors are always welcome.
Croquet has the tactical processes of chess combined with the break building of snooker and has the advantage of these two in that you can enjoy the English sunshine at the same time (or, more usually, get rained on). It's a highly sociable game enjoyed by players of all ages.
For membership details contact Margaret Broome on the number below.
Equipment: The club has all the equipment you need (balls, hoops and mallets).
In the Crown centre shopping area, a new feature has materialised.A unique clock that is really in line with Stourbridge's past has been errected. When the hour chimes, figurines move around the clock.One of the moving clock features is a model of the 'Stourbridge Lion' which was the first locomotive to run in the US, having been shipped there...more
My favourite thing about Stourbridge is that it is the place where I was born and lived for about 45 years. I have seen it change in many ways over the years. Stourbridge is only a short distance from Colley Gate, Halesowen, where I live now at present. I don't really miss Stourbridge as I visit on an almost daily basis when I go to the pub that I...more
One thing that Stourbridge isn't lacking in is pubs, so here are a selection of my favourites.For the best beer try the Cat at Enville (a few miles out of Stourbridge on the A458 to Bridgenorth). It stocks Enville ales brewed in the village using honey. It also serves great food. The Forrester's Arms also serves Enville Ale and can be found on the...more