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Butts Tavern, Walsall

44 Butts Street
Phone: 01922629332

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Bucking Fastard left this review about Butts Tavern

A fine gothic style exterior,the interior is really quite basic with a lack of decoration and the atmosphere of a working mens club.The Manchester derby was being screened and there must have been 5 flatscreens dotted about,with the side room in darkness to enhance the viewing.Even the bar blockers seated on barstools had a screen to stare at on the bar back.
There is a large estate nearby and this provides the custom,I was clocked as a stranger but accepted.There is a good turnover from the 4 handpumps and maybe that why it features regularly in the GBG although the options on my trip of Springhead Roaring Meg,Wye Valley Butty Bach,Purity UBU and Holden Golden Glow (good nick £2.80) doesn't set the pulse racing and probably doesn't change much.
Ale quality aside,this is quite a dull boozer and cant match other Walsall ale houses for interest.

On 26th April 2019 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about Butts Tavern

This large, two room community pub, just a 10-15 minute walk from Walsall's town centre, looked on approach to be a Banks's tied house, thanks to some old signage outside, but thankfully it's a genuine freehouse with four regularly changing ales on the bar. My visit saw a choice of Enville Ale, Titanic White Star (£2.60), Olde Swan Bumble Hole and Holden’s Golden Glow, with a blackboard next to the bar listing the next four ales waiting to come on. I gave the White Star a try and thought it was a good pint at a more than reasonable price. The lone barmaid was very friendly and good for a bit of banter, especially when I absent-mindedly walked off with a half filled pint which she had left to settle before topping up.
The interior comprises of two large rooms, the first of which houses the servery in the rear right corner. The room is carpeted and has rather bland white walls which aren't really broken up with anything of interest except perhaps what appeared to be some large vases on a high ledge opposite the bar. There is a mixture of seating with high tables and stools and a couple of sofas opposite the bar plus banquette seating on the left hand side of the room, where one of two large TV screens was showing the afternoon's West Midlands derby to a small but keen audience. A framed poster propped up behind one of the banquettes displayed an old Marston's guest beer list, which perhaps explains the Banks's signage outside.
The second room is dominated by a pool table and it also had a large screen showing the football, a dartboard and some leather sofas and chairs in a small raised seating area.
I may well have caught this place at the wrong time, but I thought the bland decor and spacious, empty interior left the pub bereft of any atmosphere, but this was compensated for by the outgoing staff and well kept beer. All in all this is a good local's pub and one that merits the walk from town.

On 25th January 2012 - rating: 7
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Ale Monster left this review about Butts Tavern

This is a really good street corner free house which was built around the mid 1930’s according to a stone detail showing two crossed riffles in the central gable of three gable ends running across the front of the building which is in plain red brick with stone mullioned windows. The interior has two rooms, a public bar on the right and a small sports bar on the left, both rooms are served by a central island bar counter. The public bar has the counter in the middle of the left wall with three large flat screen TV’s also on the left wall, one of which is above the counter, a couple of high tables with chairs, brown suede bench seating in the front of the room and black leather bench seats at the back, old photos of the pub and Walsall area on the walls. The sports bar has a tiny counter in the back right corner (which no one seemed to use), a very large pull down projector screen dominating the left wall, central pool table, dart board in front right corner, nice cast iron fire place in the middle of the right hand wall and a couple of leather arm chairs. The décor is a bit on the modernish side but it’s tastefully done. At the back of the public bar is a push bar fire door that leads out to an enclosed patio with a couple of picnic tables.

Real ale on this visit was Wye Valley Butty Bach, Greene King Old Golden Hen, Wadworth Bishops Tipple and Burton Bridge Top Dog Stout (GBG 2012). I had Butty Bach and Old Golden Hen which were both in good condition in my opinion. I have since been reliably informed that they have Batham's Bitter on every other weekend so my visit was badly timed.

A brilliant community local with an interesting selection of well kept beers. It’s a proper drinkers pub with a lively atmosphere that has built up a good reputation for beer quality over the last couple of years since it became a privately owned free house. A bit of a walk from the town centre but its worth searching out.

On 22nd November 2011 - rating: 8
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Danny O'Revey left this review about Butts Tavern

Fine review below, all I would add that, on my visit, Friday afternoon, the staff were very efficient and friendly and offered to top up my pint to the top before I even had to ask.

Locals seemed fine too, it is a locals pub but very nice.

On 30th October 2009 - rating: 6
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Soup Dragon left this review about Butts Tavern

A detached corner pub, in brick, with a nod to the jacobean style. There is a beer patio at the back.

The interior has two rooms; an open plan lounge/bar area and a bar/games room in which there was a pool table and darts. Generally, the decor was white, with a few blandy prints on the walls to brighten it up. They have Sky TV and there is a small stage area to operates karaoke and live music, or show a big screen TV. Service depended on who you got, one chap was functional, the others friendly - with one guy putting the cricket on especially for us in the games room. Background music was a decent level. The clientele were mixed, but it is a locals pub.

Beer; tap stuff, with Burton Bridge Top Dog Stout (nice) and Golden Delicious, the superb Bathams Bitter and Banks's MILD on handpull. A great choice and well kept beers.

Been in here a number of times, but it has shot up in my estimations, it gets better and better. Always worth a visit now

On 28th September 2009 - no rating submitted
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Philip Hawley left this review about Butts Tavern

This pub now has 3 permanent real ales
Jennigs Cocker Hoop and Cumberland together with Marsdens Pedigree.Also a changing guest ale.

On 10th July 2007 - no rating submitted
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