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Published January 28th 2017
Named After A King And Definitely Offers A Royal Welcome
There is no shortage of pubs throughout England with an affiliation to royalty and the Royal Family, with The Crown and The King's Head probably leading the way among the most popular names. But there is one particular pub at Alrewas in south Staffordshire that has a more direct, if unusual royal title.
The William IV pub, which sits in the narrow William lV Road that lies just off the main street running through the village of Alrewas, takes its name from the king of the same name, who became monarch in June 1830 at the grand age of 64, and then ruled for precisely seven years until his death in June 1837.
The distinctive pub sign alongside the main street
It is probably no surprise that this delightful hostelry took its name from King William lV as the pub apparently sold its first drop of ale while he sat on the throne. The building had in fact originally been three small cottages before they were converted in the 1830s into the drinking establishment that still exists today.
Whatever it looked like in the middle of the 19th century, the William lV, which is owned by the Marston's brewery, features a low beamed ceiling in various areas of the building that appear to originate from its earliest days as a public house. Visitors coming in from the car park entrance at the side will step straight into a welcoming snug area next to the bar that mirrors the single large L-shaped room.
A separate dining area to the right provides several tables for hungry customers, with the main bar at the top of the L-shape which is separately accessed from a door leading out onto the road. The William lV provides a series of entertainment to attract the punters, including occasional live music. However our reason for dropping in was to satisfy our appetites on what was a bitterly cold January lunchtime.
There was certainly no shortage of food to choose from, and very reasonably prices to boot, with the menu available from 12pm to 2.30pm and between 6pm and 9pm in the evenings. Diners can choose from a range of main meals such as Rump steak, Gammon with egg and pineapple, and Homemade Cottage Pie, which cost less than a fiver. And if you chose to add either a starter or a dessert that only took the cost up to £6.
Alongside the main menu was a range of snacks containing a wide choice of baguettes, toasties and sandwiches starting from just £2.25 in the case of the sandwiches. And you could also opt for a variety of hot snacks such as bacon and chips, egg or beans on toast, or soup with a roll starting from £2.45. We decided to eat from the main menu with myself choosing the beef & ale pie served with chips and peas, while my wife had traditional fish & chips which came with a sizeable side salad. Both meals were hot, freshly cooked and genuinely delicious. And what better way to wash them down than a pint of Marston's Burton Bitter, one of two regular beers together with Marston's Pedigree, at just £2.50 a pint.