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                            The Great Western                                                      The Posada                                                   The Newhampton  
The first place to head for when reaching Wolverhampton, for me, has to be The Great Western, Sun Street, WV10 0DJ (01902 351 090). One of my favourite brewers is from the Black Country, Holdens of Dudley, and this is one of their houses. So, not only is the Great Western a very friendly place to visit, but sells its own great local ales (it also sells another local brewery, Bathams, as a regular beer as well as guest beers). It's not often you find a pub selling their great rival's ales, but that shows just how confident the brewery and management of the Great Western are in their product. As you enter, at the front, there is a ‘real’ pub feel about the room, you can walk further into the building, and through a long seating area, to reach a conservatory at the back, which has its own bar, used when busy, and outside seating at tables, a place for everyone.  
 
You reach the Great Western by turning back on yourself when leaving the railway station, it is actually just behind where the old station used to be, hence its name. As it is so close to the station it is an obvious first stop, however, the last 2 visits I made for football purposes, I stayed there until leaving for the match. The food here is very good value, as are the beers. The 'pork cobs' sold are excellent, to non-locals, this is a pork sandwich or pork bap/roll, made with still warm freshly roasted pork, but they do have a more extensive menu, so if pork isn't your thing, you should still eat here. A warning, the last time I visited there was a note in the window saying "no away fans", which is, in turn, a warning for no silliness when you visit, or ostentatious noise suggesting you support the away team whilst in the pub. I have never had any problems visiting the Great Western and recommend it to all sensible sports fans and real ale lovers.  
 
In the centre of town is The Posada, 48 Lichfield Street, WV1 1DG (1902 429 011), a traditional pub with a mixed clientele, and original features, tiling, bar and fireplace, and very handy if you’re visiting the theatre or music venues.  The Posada serves 6 ales from handpumps, including Adnams Broadside, Brains SA, Shepherd Neame Spitfire, Caledonian Deuchars IPA and guests, eg Greene King Abbot Ale, Fullers’ London Pride, or beers from Saltaire Brewery.  
 
In addition, Rob has recently recommended to me The Newhampton, 19 Riches Street, WV6 0DW (01902 746 747) as a good place to visit, many thanks Rob. Just as well, because there must be many pubs in Wolverhampton that I have no experience of, but worth including, but I do like the Great Western! The Newhampton is only a 15 minute walk away from Molineux, consequently, is a welcome alternative recommendation. Regular ales include Fuller’s London Pride, Timothy Taylor’s Landlord, Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Wye Valley HPA, Courage Directors, and if you want a more local ale, try Enville Ale, plus guest beers.  CAMRA members are offered ales at a discount price.  
 
The Newhampton is a Victorian red brick pub with moulded stone lintels and has 4 separate rooms inside. At the front is the main public bar with a central bar counter, green leather benches, 2 cast iron coal fireplaces, and a flat screen TV on the wall. A staircase from here leads up to a function room where live bands often play. There is also a small ‘sports’ room with a central pool table and large flat screen TV.  This room has burgundy leather benches, a couple of bar stools and a large bay window. The third room is the lounge with its own fireplace with a mirror above and beige fabric benches, being served by a hatch from the bar in the. Throughout the pub there are old photos of Wolverhampton and paintings on the walls. There is a pavilion, with its own bar, at the back of the pub, with an award winning garden around a bowling green, and a children’s play area to the side.  
 
Finally, although I have no experience of it, I have had recommended to me The Westacres, Finchfield Hill WV3 9HP (01902 747333), where freshly prepared food is served all day.  The Westacres regularly changes their guest ales and has a good range of wines on offer. You are even given the chance to request your favourite beer to be added to the bar as a guest from a choice of 90 different brewers if a regular visitor.  The last time I checked their website they are selling, as their regular ale, Banks’s Bitter at £2.30 a pint, plus guest beers.
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