Proud mother, and new writer. Tips, advice, and anecdotes from a woman's perspective.
Published September 8th 2013
The charm of the Middle Ages in modern times
Ye Olde Leatheren Bottle
There is a wonderfully quaint old pub in Wednesbury called Ye Olde Leathern Bottel, old being the operative word. This lovely pub was built in 1510, yes 1510, how amazing is that?! It looks lovely inside and out, just like an old English pub should.
I came across it one day whilst taking a different route home from Wednesbury town centre. I had heard the name of the pub but no-one ever mentioned how special it was or how old.
The pub has not been taken over by a big company or turned into a modern one room place, thank goodness - you can still get proper home cooked food that is rarely on offer these days.
Inside the pub
For instance, there is a selection of starters including soup of the day, chicken strips, garlic mushrooms etc from £2.65. Main courses include three different fish dishes, lasagne, roast vegetable lasagne, cottage pie, Southern fried chicken, a selection of steaks, YOLB Mega Grill, plus a specials board. Main courses start from £5.25. There is a selection of 11 side dishes and plenty of mouth-watering delicious desserts, including 'school puds'. They also serve Sunday lunches at £6.45 or two for £11.
At the moment they are having a Beer Festival. You can try very different beers, for instance Sarah Hughes -Ruby Mild, Holdens- Golden Glow and Titanic - Iceberg
If you do decide to try the food, you might like to dine in the little haunted room, yes haunted! It could very well be in a pub this old. So be prepared, the spirits behind the bar may not be the only ones in the pub.
Rumour has it the legendary highwayman Dick Turpin dropped in to water his horse in the early 18th century, so the pub has plenty of history. Even if you're not tempted by the menu, it's worth a visit just for the history if the pub.
Ye Olde Leatheren Bottel: more than a pub, a real step back in time.