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Old Swan Inn (Ma Pardoes), Netherton, Dudley

87 Halesowen Road
Netherton
Dudley
DY2 9PY
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Quinno _ left this review about Old Swan Inn (Ma Pardoes)

I’d bigged this one up to my companions and after two pretty ‘meh’ places beforehand I was banking on this place lifting the spirits, but it didn’t really deliver. Now, the interior is the same as it ever was – lovely. But the atmosphere was weird, with few customers on a late Saturday afternoon; the oddball barman with an air of unwarranted arrogance didn’t help matters as did the pervasive cold and the lack of cobs. Five of their homebrews on. A mixed bag (we were warned by the old boys at the Lamp that things weren’t going brilliantly) and whilst the dispense quality was lower-end GBG standard - Dark Swan (NBSS 3), NPA (3.5), Entire (3) - nobody really enjoyed their beers much. We initially were going to sample the range but decided to shove off early. Feels like it has lost its way a bit…worth sampling but not the “do at all costs” place I had it slated as prior to this visit. I still like it, but there's caveats now. 7.5

November 2012
A pub that really can be described as unique - from the gigantic tiled swan on the ceiling of the public bar through to the home-brewed beer of the Olde Swan brewery which is enjoyable and stupidly cheap too (and in the Black Country, the word 'cheap' is a whole different concept for someone visiting from Berkshire). Known locally as ‘Ma Pardoes’ after a previous licensee, there are number of separate rooms which each have a bar or serving hatch to the main bar. The pub looks fairly bland from the roadside, being part of a long terrace but the fun starts as you enter the main front bar which is a riot of green tiling, swan mosaics and old stoves. Four Olde Swan ales are usually on; the pumps are unclipped and the list of what’s available is chalked up on a blackboard. Your pints are best drunk in the cosy rear snug (a particular favourite of mine with a real feel of 1930’s homeliness), after a ten minute tour taking in all the CAMRA National Inventory-listed fixtures and fittings in the front where furnishing is fairly basic and functional. Food is classic Black Country fayre – cobs and home-made scotch eggs. A definite must-visit pub. Rated 10

On 30th December 2021 - rating: 8
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Delboy 20 left this review about Old Swan Inn

I suppose you could say that I am biased as I am lucky enough to live within walking distance of "Pardoes" but I still say it is one of the best pubs I have ever been in. No need to describe it as the reviews below cover every aspect. All I have to say is great pub and great beer. If you haven't been, you should and if you have been you will return!

On 3rd September 2018 - no rating submitted
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Nick Davies left this review about Old Swan Inn

What can I say that hasn't already been said about this wonderful living musuem. It's one of those the National Trust would buy if it needed preserving. As it is I doubt the planners would dare lay a finger on it. A 'see before you die' place, pehaps at a quieter time when there's no danger of a Camra beardie's outing. Oh and the beer's alright too.

On 1st February 2018 - rating: 10
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Map location corrected by Ale Monster
Cradley Heath, 1.89 miles, 36 min walk (show)
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Latest updates View all updates for Old Swan Inn (Ma Pardoes), Dudley
30th Dec 2021, 20:44
Review submitted by Quinno _ amended by Quinno _
 
26th Dec 2021, 20:12
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 30 December 2021 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 30 December 2021 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 30 December 2021 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 30 December 2021 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 30 December 2021 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 30 December 2021 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No - 16 or over - last updated 30 December 2021 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 30 December 2021 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 30 December 2021 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 30 December 2021 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : No last updated 30 December 2021 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 30 December 2021 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 30 December 2021 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 30 December 2021 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 30 December 2021 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 30 December 2021 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 30 December 2021 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 30 December 2021 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 30 December 2021 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 30 December 2021 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 30 December 2021 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 12 April 2015 by Aqualung .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 12 April 2015 by Aqualung .
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