Pub watch: The Midland, Bearwood

From overdrafts to draught beers. Housed in the former home of the Midland Bank (or HSBC if you’re under 40) on Bearwood’s high street, The Midland is another great addition to the region’s burgeoning real ale scene, with an impressive dozen or so brews on offer, plus a couple of proper ciders and…avert your eyes…’lager’ for the unconverted. Yuck, wash your mouths out with a pint or two of Vicar’s Todger. Owners Black Country Ales have done a fine job of renovating the place with an authentic looking mirror-backed bar plus a novel use of the bank’s old strong room which now holds the kegs rather than the cash. As with the best real ale pubs around, the line-up is always changing (check the board for details, brewer, strength, price etc) and there are the traditional pork pies and cheese cobs on offer if you’re feeling peckish/squiffy.


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