Sandwell

Sandwell metropolitan borough including Bearwood, Blackheath, Cradley Heath, Oldbury, Rowley Regis, Smethwick, Tipton, Tividale, Wednesbury, West Bromwich.

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The Bear Tavern

Formerly the Bear Hotel. Its the place to go in Bearwood to watch sport and is fairly cheap compared with The Dog or Plan B over the road. It is open late (til around 2) on the weekends and is also the place to go for a fight, with trouble on the weekend a regular occurrence. Used to be a good place for live music and comedy (Frank Skinner, Ed Byrne and members of the Fast Show have performed here) but sadly there doesn't seem to be any entertainment on at present.

DRINK   —  High Street, Bearwood

Plan B

The premises of 'Plan B' have been a bar for a while now. It started life as JD's bar, a seedy hole that had topless bar maids on certain nights of the week. It was then closed for a while until it opened as Atticus, a trendy alternative bar selling good European beer and having live music on Sunday evenings. It closed its doors, a casualty of the credit crunch but has now reopened as Plan B. Early reviews aren't favourable.



Lightwoods Park

Park in Bearwood that can be reached from the woods by crossing Lightwoods Hill. A fairly average park with a bandstand and a playground built over 15 years ago by Anneka Rice and her television program. It also houses an old stately home, Lightwoods House (not open to the public) along with 'Shakespeare's Garden', a walled Victorian garden that has seen better days.

SEE   —  Bearwood

Silvershine Jazz Club

Andy Hamilton, MBE was a Jamaican-born British jazz saxophonist and composer, and the "leading light" of the Midlands' jazz scene for decades. Though Andy passed away in 2012, his band, The Blue Notes, are still the resident artists, and the jazz club continues to celebrate Hamilton's legacy and invite a variety of artists to perform every week.



The Old Talbot

Small public house located on the corner of Anderson Road and Hagley Road. It's was thriving in the 80's and has slowly declined. The last time I visited the bar had closed due to lack of trade, but the lounge was still busy. It is a fairly good pub if you want a quiet drink.

DRINK   —  Hagley Road, Bearwood

Warley Woods

Originally the private grounds of Warley Abbey, a stately home owned by the Galton Gunmaking family, Warley woods is now a public park, with a golf course and a small cafe. The annual picnic in the park takes place every July featuring live music.



The Dog

One of the Ember Inn chain pubs. Much like any of the other Ember Inns, can get extremely busy on Friday and Saturday nights, owing to it being the only decent pub in Bearwood now. Now hosts acoustic live music nights on Tuesdays.

DRINK   —  Hagley Road, Bearwood

The Fountain

This too has a pleasant beer garden next to the canal, and is on the same canal as The Ace of Spades, which makes it ideal if you wish to try both locations out. This was also known as the drinking place of the "Tipton Slasher".

DRINK   —  51 Owen St, Tipton


The Kings Head

Previously the legendary drug superstore 'Quantum', was closed for a while and has been extensively refurbished to become an upmarket pub serving restaurant style food. Good food but there can be long waits.


The Abbey

A local pub for local people. Nicknamed 'The shabby abbey', to say it has a parochial atmosphere is an understatement. Saying that the beer's cheap, if not amazing and the food is a bargain and edible.


Tipton Sports Academy

provides facilities for many sports including track sports, football, tennis, squash and others, all open to the public at cheap rates.


The Haweli

widely regarded for its Peshawari cuisine. Allegedly, Sir Mark Tully ex India correspondent for the BBC is a fan of its food


Coronation Gardens

you will find a statue to William Perry, a 19th-century Bare-fist boxing champion, often known as the "Tipton Slasher".

SEE   —  Tipton

The Ace of Spades

is a friendly rock and blues popular with motorcyclists. It has a pleasant beer garden next to the canal.

DRINK   —  Bloomfield Rd, Tipton

Teknaf Cuisine

One of the better balti houses in Bearwood, with a more modern take on Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine


Franzl's

An Austrian Restaurant, nestled on a residential street in Bearwood. Expensive but well regarded


Mad O'Roukes Pie Factory

a theme pub which serves a range of hearty pies and ales. "Almost en-suite" rooms are available


The Belmont Hotel

Small hotel with Sky Movies and Sky Sports in every room.


YMCA

Medium term (6 - 52 weeks) accommodation for students


Hotel Dinara

Friendly 13 bedroom hotel with function room.


Bearwood Court Hotel

Small local hotel with car park.



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