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The Bird In Hand, Stafford - pub details

Bird In Hand

Address: Victoria Square, Mill St, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST16 2AQ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 20471) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train station Stafford (0.2 miles)

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Two years on from my last review and what a transformation. The pub has been taken over by Black Country Ales and it now rivals the Floodgate as the best pub in Stafford. I was suitably impressed. The place has had a refurbishment without destroying any of its character. The loud music has gone and has been replaced by conversation. It was also much busier, with people no doubt attracted by the excellent ale and cider range. The 3 Black Country ales are BFG, Fireside & Pig On The Wall. Guest ales were Salopian Lemon Dream, Falstaff Smiling Assassin & Sandiway Chain Breaker. 2 ciders were Snail's Bank Appley Dappley & La Cantina Private Number. Really good pub.
blue_scrumpy - 22 Apr 2018 18:04
There was just enough time for me to try one last pub in Stafford town centre on Wednesday afternoon. I chose the Bird In Hand, but later wish I hadn't. Apparently this used to be a Joules pub and from experience, they tend to be well decorated, with the possible exception of the British Lion in Crewe. Other patrons were in a fairly characterless room at the front. This had doors open to a patio at the rear, with music playing. The front two rooms were much more traditional, but were unoccupied and looked as if they needed a little bit of attention. No cask ales were available. Just a keg selection of John Smiths Extra Smooth, Thatchers Gold, Carlsberg, Carling, Guinness, Strongbow & Tetleys Smoothflow. Locals seemed fairly friendly though. Disappointing.
blue_scrumpy - 22 Apr 2016 22:10
Re-opened again after yet another closure. Same people have got Chambers which should re-open later in the year. New management.
arkman43 - 27 Jun 2012 20:18
I went in here for the first time since it reopened a few months ago. It seems pretty much the same as before, just different bar staff.

I only stayed for a pint of bombardier which tasted a bit off to be honest. They had 3 other ales on, two of which had hand drawn pump labels and the other I didn't recognise.

The same crowd of college aged drinkers still hang about the place and the furniture seemed to be in quite a state. Not to mention the abundance of pint glasses littered about the pub as the bar staff chose to stand around and chat.

Overall, apart from a new sign I don't see any improvement as of yet but I shall give it another try soon, later in the evening perhaps.
pocketcup - 29 Dec 2011 02:00
Now reopened, but doesn't look promising from the outside. Advertising karaoke, DJs and pool. Does mention 4 cask ales though ...
Martinsh - 16 Nov 2011 22:59

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