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Old Swan (Star Pubs & Bars (Heineken UK))

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Olde Swan - Entire SwanExcellent1
Olde Swan - Light Mild (aka Original)Excellent1
Olde Swan - Pardoe's Alchemist Excellent1
Olde Swan - Pardoe's EntireExcellent1
Olde Swan - Olde Swan OriginalGood3
Olde Swan - BumbleholeNot Tried0
Olde Swan - Dark Mild (aka Pardoe's Dark Swan)Not Tried0
Olde Swan - Dark Mild (aka Pardoe's Dark Swan)Not Tried0
Olde Swan - Pardoe's EntireNot Tried0
Olde Swan - NPA Not Tried0
Picture 1. Old Swan, Netherton, West Midlands
Chris Excell

Visits Details

10 Sep 2021 (Magnus Greel)
Only my second visit and time to explore and photograph the many other rooms and bars I didn't know existed in this TARDIS of a pub. Quiet in the entrance bar but as I found out many more folk in attendance elsewhere.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Olde Swan - Olde Swan Original3.50GoodFruity hoppy fare
Olde Swan - Bumblehole5.20Not Tried
Olde Swan - Dark Mild (aka Pardoe's Dark Swan)4.20Not Tried
Olde Swan - Pardoe's Entire4.40Not Tried
Olde Swan - NPA 4.80Not Tried
27 Nov 2014 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit, this pub is as good as ever.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Olde Swan - Olde Swan Original3.50Excellent
Olde Swan - Bumblehole5.20Not Tried
Olde Swan - Dark Mild (aka Pardoe's Dark Swan)4.20Not Tried
Olde Swan - Pardoe's Entire4.40Not Tried
22 Aug 2013 (ChrisE)
About 2pm and about half a dozen people in the main bar, and a fair number in the other side. I reminisced about my first visit here in the mid 1970s when Ma Pardoe was serving behind the bar and having difficulty with the new money.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Olde Swan - Pardoe's Entire4.40ExcellentI tried this because it was advertised as being a joint third at the GBBF. It deserved its prize.
Olde Swan - Olde Swan Original3.50GoodVery good session bitter, and excellent value at £2.10 per pint.
Olde Swan - Bumblehole5.20Not Tried
Olde Swan - Dark Mild (aka Pardoe's Dark Swan)4.20Not Tried
01 May 2013 (Bear & Ragged Staff)
A must for all real ale supporters. Busy with tourists and locals enjoying value for money beers and food.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Olde Swan - Entire Swan4.40ExcellentTo me, a typical black country beer. Fabulous, sweetish malt and lightly hopped.
Olde Swan - Light Mild (aka Original)3.50ExcellentWonderfully light session ale. £2.10p per pint - great value for money.
Olde Swan - Pardoe's Alchemist 4.90ExcellentBest of the night for me. Similar flavours to other Olde Swan beers but here the flavours were more intense and the strength was beginning to poke its head through.

About the Old Swan

The pub sign. Old Swan, Netherton, West Midlands

Summary of Beer Scores

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The pub is found in Netherton, West Midlands, DY2 9PY.

An iconic, Victorian, high street, Black Country pub in Halesowen Road. Before the real ale revival, this was one of only four home brew pubs left in the country. A typically drab Victorian frontage leads you into a wealth of ornate, 19th century splendour. CAMRA listed for its historical interior. Known by many still as Ma Pardoe's.

We have visited this pub 4 times, seen 10 different beers and tried 5 of them.

Map location

Postcode: DY2 9PY