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The Fountain Inn, Walsall

49 Lower Forster Street
Walsall
WS1 1XB
Phone: 01922633307

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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Fountain Inn

In a decaying part of town,don't be put off as this is the lively brewery tap for Backyard Brewery.There is a two room set up served from an island bar.The right side is larger and has a wooden floor ,some bench seating around the walls and a mix of cheap looking pine tables and chairs with some bucket seats in light leather.Unusually furniture,art and bric a brac is on sale ,mainly at the rear of this room and there is a good collection of books to browse.The left side feels quieter and more of a lounge,but there is an upright piano at the back.
Five ales were offered on my trip from various handpumps dotted about but noted on a board.Backyard Lionhart,Citra,Blonde (good nick,£2.75) and Black Raven with a guest in Kinver Noble.
With a drop down screen,quiz night and occasional live music ,this is a lively community boozer and should be included in any real ale tour of town.

On 26th April 2019 - rating: 7
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Danny O'Revey left this review about The Fountain Inn

Near town centre but in a rather derelict area , its a little uninviting from the outside.

However inside its a lovely traditional 2 roomed pub with central bar, the lounge has a real fire and nice small window seat. Theres a little more basic seating in the bar.

No frills, but all the better for not having them. The beer quality is exceptional

On 24th October 2017 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Fountain Inn

Splendid backstreet pub, retaining two bars with a central servery and very traditional furniture and decor. Being the Backyard Brew House, seven of their beers in a wide variety of styles were available from the two banks of four handpumps, from which I went for the Jigger Red (£2.80). Only had time for a quick pint, but would happily have stayed rather longer.

On 26th November 2016 - rating: 8
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Fountain Inn

An excellent pub this one and a difficult one to leave. This is a friendly and welcoming pub, with a very good beer selection. They had a choice of five Backyard ales on handpump and three guest. I went for their Backyard Blonde, Gold, The Hoard and a very good IPA. Prices in here ranged from £2.50 to £2.90 for my IPA 5%. Their three guest were Holdens Black Country Mild, Wentworth Farmhand's Bitter and Green Duck Duck Under. A selection of cobs and pork pies were all a pound.

On 17th August 2016 - rating: 10
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General Staal left this review about The Fountain Inn

Spent a wonderful couple of hours in here. The Backyard Ales were superb! Loved the Bostin and the Hoard, but the best was the Summer, lovely and creamy with a hint of ginger. The barmaid was really friendly, as were the other customers. Pork Pies and cobs on the bar. A very, very nice pub.

On 1st August 2016 - rating: 9
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Aqualung . left this review about The Fountain Inn

This is a detached pub set at the top of a hill just off the East side of the centre of Walsall. It is now a Backyard Brewery pub. As you enter there is a door to the right for the Tap Room (public bar) and on the left for the Snug (saloon bar). I went in the Tap Room which has a wooden floor but is carpeted at the top. It all looks as though it has been recently been refurbished and there is a fireplace which thankfully wasn't lit on a warm December day. The windows have plastic sheets stuck on them to make it look like they have been etched. Personally I think they would have been better off leaving them plain but this is a very minor and picky issue. The piano mentioned below is still in the saloon bar.
More importantly there are four hand pumps in each bar which on my visit had two unused, five Backyard beers and Holden's Mild as a guest. Given that Backyard don't appear to produce a mild this seemed the most obvious guest.
I went for their Marynka IPA (£2.80) which was excellent. I thought this was the best pub visited in Walsall and would be more than happy to return.

On 23rd December 2015 - rating: 9
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Soup Dragon left this review about The Fountain Inn

UPDATE: The pub has been taken over by the Backyard Brewery. It remains the same Victorian cottage style, with bay windows flanking the central door, but has had its paintwork refreshed, being in cream with black. There is a small patio area. The interior is of course the same, but the decor has changed; green, arty pictures, dart board and a big mirror over the fireplace one side and yellow and white, a piano and a big mirror on the other. The service was great and the place busy with a mixed clientele. They still do food (but didn't eat). Beer; backyard cider and Pilsner on draught (with Estrella) and with Hoard, Blonde and East India Pale on handpull - there were three guest handpulls; Brains Milkwood, Enville Old Porter and Conwy California - the Porter was sublime. Definitely one to visit, again.
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(Sep 2009) A small detached Victorian pub, in cream render and chocolate brown paintwork.

The interior has two rooms, a lounge, more laid out for food and the bar, that runs 'L' shaped around a central bar that serves both rooms. The decor is an mix of brown, green and white walls, with wallpaper as well!. The plainess is overcome with lots of photos of old Walsall. Has a dartboard. Music was supplied by the radio. Service is always fine.

Beer; tap stuff, with Chestnut MILD, which is really good. On handpull there is Deuchars IPA, Adnams Bitter, but also Blythe Brewery's Palmers Poison, which i liked.

This place is strange - i like it, but it depends on what time i visit - later on Fridays and Saturdays a part of the small bar is given over to karaoke set-up, or other music and it gets lively and loud. I prefer to visit when quieter - as it gets too full and hot. Worth a visit though

On 10th June 2013 - no rating submitted
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Mikee Evans left this review about The Fountain Inn

Now back open, and being run by a former landlord of The Pretty Bricks. Backyard Brewhouse ales on tap. Well worth a visit.

On 16th December 2012 - no rating submitted
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Mikee Evans left this review about The Fountain Inn

Reopening in December as the first of Brownhills brewery Backyard's first outlet
http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2012/11/16/brewery-to-reopen-closed-walsall-pub/

On 16th November 2012 - no rating submitted
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Barry Barcrest left this review about The Fountain Inn

Recently they have been doing excellent value meals that have been pulling people in during the week nights. The food is great value for money and much better than what you would find in weatherspoons. the beers is good with a nice selection but the pub just feels too small for all the things it is trying to offer.

On 3rd November 2010 - no rating submitted
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