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(This page was updated on 22nd. February, 2005)
Walsall CAMRA Branch -
The Boat in Bentley Road South, Darlaston Green, has been crowned as the best pub in the West Midlands part of the Walsall Branch area for 2004.
The pub, an Avebury Taverns Ale House, boasts a bank of eight handpulls serving Greene King IPA and Banksís Mild as regular beers, plus guests from other regional and micro breweries including Beowulf, Highgate and Titanic. Licensee Keith Braithewaite was delighted to add this coveted title to his other awards. The Boat offers a warm welcome and convivial atmosphere in which to drink excellent quality real ale. It also has a canalside drinking area in which Keith hosts an annual beer festival in June.
Highly Commended in the competition is the Royal (Middle) Oak in Chester Road North, Brownhills. This 1930ís art deco pub offers Ansells Mild, Tetley Bitter, Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Taylorís Landlord and one guest changing beer.
The Falcon in Gomer Street West,
Willenhall, another 1930ís pub, is also Commended. Up to nine cask
beers are usually available, including Olde Swan Dark Mild from Netherton and Oakham
JHB plus guest beers, usually including a stout or a porter.
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