Pub of the Year

2017 Like the mythical Phoenix rising from the ashes, the Wagon and Horses public house has risen to an acclaimed height since its closure in January 2016 and the refurbished re-launch in March 2016. CAMRA’s members have recognised the hard work done by the wife and husband team of Dawn and Mick O’Neil in the promotion of real ale in the Stourbridge and Halesowen area by acknowledging the achievement with awarding the pub not only the Real Ale pub of the Year, also Cider Pub of the Year. Dawn and Mick previously managed the Court House in Dudley and prior to that the Red Cow in Coseley. Dawn stated that she had welcomed the challenge of managing the refurbished public house, that was a landmark in the Halesowen area and with the support of the local people and other who have travelled from afar, she felt that she had reached a recognised achievement by being nominated and awarded CAMRA’s Real Ale pub of the Year and Cider Pub of the Year.



Licensees Dawn and Mick O'Neil







2016 The Swan Pub, Long Lane, Blackheath which was in danger of being bulldozed to make way for a supermarket last year, was taken over by a popular brewery, Black Country Ales, over 12 months ago. After a rigorous Pub of the Year round of judging using the criteria laid down by CAMRA, it gained the accolade of being named as Stourbridge and Halesowen Pub of the Year 2016. Not only is it appreciated by CAMRA members but it seems the locals appreciate it tooif the latest Trip Advisor review is anything to go by, “Following what was indeed a fantastic refurb they have created a gem of a pub outclassing anywhere else locally!! This is all a pub should be good beer, fantastic cobs and bar snacks at a great price and friendly staff.”







Licensees Paul Hicks and Liz Rogers. with Branch Chairman Rob Parsons