Sunday, 28 August 2011

Kinver has the Edge

Extract from an article published in the August 2011 edition of the Dudley Camra "Ales & Tales" written by Carol Kelly:

"Dave and I first visited Kinver in 1984, when we lived in Perton, Wolverhampton. With four pubs listed in the Good Beer Guide, we visited regularly most weekends to see the beautiful area of Kinver Edge, the sandstone Rock Houses, and lovely canal walks.

We came to live here in May 1986 and at that time there were 10 pubs:

  • The Elm Tree - Davenports *
  • The Crown and Anchor - M & B *
  • The New Rose and Crown (The Spring) - Banks's *
  • The Royal Exchange - Banks‟s
  • The Old Plough - Simpkiss *
  • The Plough and Harrow, (The Steps) - Bathams
  • The Olde White Harte - Banks's
  • The George and Dragon - Ansells *
  • The Cross - Hansons
  • The Vine - Bass
*now lost to housing.

We had t-shirts printed in 1988 for our son's Godfather party. "The Kinver 10" listing the pubs on the front of the shirt. Dave thinks he first visited the Con Club one Kinver Country Fayre Day. He became a member after a little while and as it increased it's range in real ale, Dave told Steve the Steward of the club that this place should be in the beer guide. With an introduction to Dudley CAMRA scorers, eventually the rest is history.

Kinver is now home to a brewery and the CAMRA National Club of the Year 2011, The Constitutional Club.  We still have 5 pubs all serving real ale:
  • The Cross is now Black Country Ales and Kinver is available as an occasional guest
  • The Vine is now an Enterprise Inn and serves both Kinver and Enville Ales
  • The Plough and Harrow – Batham‟s
  • The Royal Exchange and Olde White Hart – Marstons.
It is a lovely place to live and a great place to visit!"

Download or read the full Dudley CAMRA article about Kinver Online 

Kinver Beer is regulary available at The Vine in Kinver, and occasionally at the Cross Inn at Kinver