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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
Tel: (01384) 253075
Opening Hours: 11-11; 12-11 Sun
Real Ale & Cider: Real Ale
Public Transport: Near Bus Stop
Food: Lunchtime and Evening Meals (12-2, 6-9 Mon; 12-9)
Listed Status: Grade II
List Entry Number: 1246632
Listing Date: 2001
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.