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The Great Western (Holden's)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Holden's - Black Country BitterExcellent3
Holden's - Golden GlowExcellent2
Holden's - Black Country Special BitterExcellent1
Holden's - Black Country MildExcellent2
Batham - Best BitterExcellent5
Nottingham - Extra Pale AleExcellent1
Ole Slewfoot - EBAGood1
Stonehenge - Danish DynamiteGood1
Derby - QuintessentialNot Tried0
Ramsbury - Belapur IPANot Tried0
Holden's - GoldenNot Tried0
Sarah Hughes - Dark RubyNot Tried0
Abbeydale - AbsolutionNot Tried0
Blue Monkey - Ape AleNot Tried0
Kelham Island - California DrinkingNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Great Western, Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Picture 2. The Great Western, Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Visits Details

20 May 2014 (Andrew)
Not easy to find. It's not far from the back of the bus station but I had to walk through an industrial war zone to get here. Great pub. Very relaxed with lots of folk sitting reading.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Holden's - Black Country Bitter3.90ExcellentSmooth crisp leafy bitter with creamy body
Batham - Best Bitter4.30Not Tried
Holden's - Golden Glow4.40Not Tried
Holden's - Black Country Special Bitter5.10Not Tried
Kelham Island - California Drinking4.80Not Tried
22 Jan 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. If it was good enough for ChrisE yesterday then it is certainly good enough for me. Excellent beer swilling house. Glowing open coal fire soon put roast leg of Pirrip on the menu.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Batham - Best Bitter4.30ExceptionalA contrast to the sweeter Holden's Bitter in taste - this had a mouth swilling intense bitterness
Holden's - Black Country Bitter3.90Excellent
Sarah Hughes - Dark Ruby6.00Not Tried
Holden's - Black Country Mild3.70Not Tried
Holden's - Golden Glow4.40Not Tried
Holden's - Black Country Special Bitter5.10Not Tried
Abbeydale - Absolution5.30Not Tried
Blue Monkey - Ape Ale5.40Not Tried
21 Jan 2014 (ChrisE)
Still very much an ale drinkers destination pub, I did not list all the beers that were on sale. We purchased some cheese and onion cobs for consumption on the train home.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Batham - Best Bitter4.30Excellent
Holden's - Golden Glow4.40Excellent
22 Jan 2013 (ChrisE)
Four of us met up here whilst waiting for our various trains home, a good pub with a fine selection of ales, good value filled rolls, and very handy for Wolverhampton Railway Station.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Nottingham - Extra Pale Ale4.20Excellent
Batham - Best Bitter4.30Excellent
Holden's - Black Country Mild3.70Not Tried
Holden's - Black Country Special Bitter5.10Not Tried
Holden's - Golden3.90Not Tried
16 Jul 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
2110 hours visit. This place is never other than buzzing busy. Only downside for me is pretty often having to request a top up.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Batham - Best Bitter4.30ExcellentMade to slake an ironfoundryman's thirst
Holden's - Black Country Bitter3.90Not Tried
Holden's - Black Country Mild3.70Not Tried
Holden's - Golden Glow4.40Not Tried
Holden's - Black Country Special Bitter5.10Not Tried
Derby - Quintessential5.80Not Tried
Ramsbury - Belapur IPA5.50Not Tried
29 Mar 2012 (HSB)
Busy corner pub a short walk from the railway station
BeerABVScoreNotes
Batham - Best Bitter4.30Excellent
Holden's - Black Country Bitter3.90Excellent
Holden's - Black Country Mild3.70Excellent
Holden's - Golden Glow4.40Excellent
Holden's - Black Country Special Bitter5.10Excellent
Stonehenge - Danish Dynamite5.00Good
Ole Slewfoot - EBA7.70Good
22 May 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
My visit coincided with Wolverhampton Wanderers last game of the season so the pub was very busy, but with a good natured and friendly atmosphere. Cross section of all folks from children to pensioners all enjoying the excellent food and drink here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Holden's - Black Country Mild3.70ExcellentVery traditional ruby/brown mild, gently hopped with a toasty malt character. Full flavoured but not too sweet. My score 16/20.

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About The Great Western

The pub sign. The Great Western, Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent30
Good6
Acceptable2
Poor-

The pub is found in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV10 0DG.

Located "underneath" Wolverhampton railway station on the corner of Sun Street and Corn Hill. Traditional back street Holden's tied house that has remained unchanged for years apart from a sympathetically designed modern extension, retaining a plethora of railway artefacts. Good value food and guest beers alongside the Holden's range and Batham's Bitter all pulled through 8 handpumps. CAMRA National Pub of the Year 1991. In winter the roaring coal fire can turn you into a human BBQ.

We have visited this pub 17 times, seen 29 different beers and tried 14 of them.

Map location

Postcode: WV10 0DG