Ma Pardoes (The Old Swan)

Tim Newey, Netherton, Present

The Old Swan on Halesowen Road has been in Netherton for over a hundred years. Imagine the conversations it will have heard: what's happening at Hingleys? What if the weapons are put on Cuba? Who'll win Strictly?

The pub is nicknamed 'Ma Pardoes' after the pub's former landlady for half a century, Mrs Pardoe, and it continues on today, making its own beer out the back, serving the locals.

Ask nicely and present landlord, Mr. Newey might even play the pub organ for you - that is if he's not up at St. Andrews Church accompanying the bride down the isle with Wagner's Bridal March.