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The Shovel Inn, Stourbridge

81 Pedmore Road
Lye
Postal town: Stourbridge
DY9 8DZ
Phone: 01384423998
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Shovel Inn

Twelve pumps, with 11 ales and one cider on our Sunday Lunchtime visit. I went for the Salopian Kangaroo, whilst Mrs A went for the Elementary, a collaboration between Ambridge John & Shovel Inn Steve. Both of which were excellent beers and in top condition. We didn't stay for lunch, but the servings did look generous for £6.50. The pub also hosts a Balti night on a Wednesday and a Mexican Night on Thursdays. The menu on the table had homemade "Lizzie Dripping Faggots" mushy peas, mash and gravy for £7.50. A decent pub this one and well worth a visit.

On 23rd March 2019 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Shovel Inn

Well positioned in the middle of Lye, the Shovel is a smart pub which has been refurbished in recent years yet retains a nice traditional feel to it. You enter into an L-shaped room with a similarly shaped servery directly opposite. To the right there is a cosy looking space with tongue and groove panelled walls and some nice banquette and low stool seating. A fireplace on the end wall acts as something of a focal point and there was a TV screen above broadcasting an unidentified music channel. Over to the left there is a similar seating arrangement set around a large brick fireplace, although this time the TV screen above remained switched off. Some interesting art pieces adorn the walls and a large high backed bench acts as a screen, shielding the space from the bar area. The room runs to the rear from here, where you can find a nice snug in the rear left corner, filed with a single L-shaped banquette and several low stools around four small tables. This area has a rather novel form of decoration, with the walls having been covered with framed jigsaw puzzles, more of which can be seen in the corridor running towards the toilets. At the back of the room there is a big hatch to the open kitchen, although on a Saturday evening visit, this was boarded up, but I'm told it is always opened during food service. The aforementioned rear corridor also sports a lot of nice framed pump clip collections and leads to a rear garden which I didn't explore, but apparently contains a wall covered with over 1,900 pump clips - one for each beer put on by the current landlord, who explained to me that he was planning on hosting a beer festival to celebrate the 2,000th beer.
A good number of beers on the long row of handpulls will help add to that total, with the full range on this visit comprising Holden Golden Glow, Enville Bitter and Ginger, Morland Old Golden Hen, Salopian Mind's Eye and Oracle, Hook Norton Nice Try, Belhaven Grand Slam and Urban Huntsman Tropical with one clip reversed. I ordered a pint of the Mind's Eye, which a friendly barmaid served up, but before I even had a chance to pick up the glass, the landlord, who was sat at the end of the bar, spotted that it wasn't clearing and suggested I should get it replaced - a good spot and excellent customer service. He recommended the Tropical, which was a fine hoppy brew and a more than satisfactory replacement.
This is a great little pub that clearly takes great pride in the range and quality of the beer it serves. I enjoyed a good long chat with the amiable landlord and found it very easy to settle down with my pint, to the point that I almost ended up cutting short my little three-pub jaunt around Lye in favour of just staying here. A good all rounder and a pub I hope continues to do well.

On 8th April 2017 - rating: 8
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Roy Collins left this review about The Shovel Inn

Has had a make over since my last visit. Several comfortable sitting areas with a kitchen on view. About 8 ales on tap , mine was in good condition.

On 19th September 2016 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Delboy 20
Lye (West Midlands), 0.46 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Stourbridge Junction, 0.94 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Stourbridge Junction, 0.94 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Shovel Inn, Lye
24th Mar 2019, 21:21
Pub map correction submitted by Delboy 20 approved
 
23rd Mar 2019, 16:29
Pub map correction submitted by Delboy 20

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 08 April 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 08 April 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 08 April 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 08 April 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 08 April 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 08 April 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 08 April 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 08 April 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 08 April 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 08 April 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 11 June 2006 by hondo .
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 08 April 2017 by Pub SignMan
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 11pm
Monday6pm - 11pm
Tuesday6pm - 11pm
Wednesday6pm - 11pm
Thursday6pm - 11:15pm
Friday5pm - Midnight
Saturday1pm - Midnight
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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