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The Bird in Hand, Stourbridge

147 Hagley Road
Oldswinford
Postal town: Stourbridge
DY8 2JB
Phone: 01384396426
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New River Retail

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Ian Mapp left this review about The Bird in Hand

Think its fully refurbed now - new Bathams sign, Bathams etched windows, internal paint job in Bathams corporate colours.

Left hand door confused me - a tiny snug - so back out to the right hand door which is the main bar. Walk straight into a game of darts, if you are not looking.

Traditional pub furniture. Packed with all age groups at 5pm on a weekday - very encouraging.

Beer was amazing, as Bathams always is when well kept.

On 21st February 2020 - rating: 8
[User has posted 641 recommendations about 635 pubs]


Aqualung . left this review about The Bird in Hand

This pub is a great example (if it were needed) of how far Marston's have lost the plot. They sold this pub to a property company called New River Retail who wanted to demolish it to build a supermarket but they were denied permission. Batham's took it over in late 2019 and I really hope it was cheap as chips. The planned refurbishment closure in January was changed as they are now going to do a bit at a time. Quite honestly, it didn't seem to need a lot doing maybe some decoration in the main Public bar.
The pub has two front entrances. The right one leads into the main Public bar and the left to a tiny carpeted Lounge which is more like a snug.
The main bar has a mix of carpeted and wooden flooring with a couple of Batham's rugs. There were a couple of TVs turned off and a music soundtrack. There's a tarmac area and car park at the rear that includes a smoking shelter.
The bar has four hand pumps but sadly the Mild went off when I arrived. The Best (£2.95) was excellent.
While not being a classic Batham's pub it's still pretty good and well worth a visit.

On 11th February 2020 - rating: 8
[User has posted 2143 recommendations about 2143 pubs]


Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Bird in Hand

Imposing three-storey former Marston's pub, now seemingly the newest Batham's house (although reliable information on this is currently in short supply). Little has yet changed within or without, and hopefully that will remain the case since it's a fine example of the sort of traditional pubs that are now becoming an endangered species. It retains two separate bars, with the main one at the front having a 'L'-shaped arrangement (but even this isn't very big and seating was at a premium) and a compact side lounge (little larger than a snug really). 'Just' Bitter and Mild (£2.45) available from the four handpumps, but if it's "Good Delph!" that you are after then that alone will do (even though the rarer XXX had sadly, if unsurprisingly, sold out).

On 30th December 2019 - rating: 8
[User has posted 6002 recommendations about 6002 pubs]


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Map location corrected by Alan Hurdle
Stourbridge Junction, 0.53 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Stourbridge Junction, 0.53 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Stourbridge Town, 0.81 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Bird in Hand, Oldswinford
21st Feb 2020, 11:52
Picture submitted by Ian Mapp approved
 
21st Feb 2020, 11:04
Review submitted by Ian Mapp amended by Ian Mapp

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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 28 April 2013 by hondo .
  • Darts : Yes last updated 28 April 2013 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 28 April 2013 by hondo .
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