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A pub with a nationally important historic interior

This pub is taken from the national inventory of historic pub interiors, CAMRA's pioneering effort to identify and help protect the most important historic pub interiors in the country.

WEST MIDLANDS - Netherton, Old Swan

An historic pub interior of national importance

89 Halesowen Road, Netherton, DY2 9PY

Directions: A459

Tel: 01384 253075


Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 1100-2300; Sun 1200-1600, 1900-2300.

Real Ale & Cider: Home brew: Old Swan Original, Dark Swan, Entire, Bumble Hole.

Public Transport: Bus: 143.

Food: Meals.

Listed Status: Grade II

List Entry Number: 1246632

Listing Date: 2001

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One of only four brew-pubs still operating when CAMRA was formed in 1971, this Black Country institution takes its nickname from Mrs Doris Pardoe, licensee until 1984. Brewing stopped in 1988 but restarted in 2001. The wonderfully evocative front bar seems unchanged since Victorian times (aside from the vibrant red paint). The enamel-panel ceiling is an extraordinary rarity and its eponymous swan is a striking feature, as are the old stove (still used) with its flue running across the room, and the old weighing machine. Historic fittings are also found in the rear smoke room, originally entered from a corridor door on the right. The drinking area right of the smoke room was converted out of a former office in the 1980s. Between the two old bars is a wee off-sales-cum-snug with a single bench for customers wanting a swift one after making their take-out purchase. The 1980s changes also saw expansion into the shop next door but without compromising the historic core.

Old Swan, Netherton
Old Swan, Netherton
Public Bar
Old Swan, Netherton
Public Bar
Old Swan, Netherton
Rear Room
Old Swan, Netherton
Old Swan, Netherton
Window In Public Bar