For many years I have seen the Manor Arms in loca papers and on TV and out of curiosity wantd to find the pub with no bar but because all was said it was in Walsall I never found it,Walsall is a big place. By chance we were in Rushall dog training in another public house just 50 yds from the Manor and wife asked a local about the building down the road and by chance it was the pub with no bar.
The first record of the manor is in the Doomsday book 1086.The building has been alterd over the years and is now mostly of 18th cent construction but part of it still dates back to the 16th cent.Originally a farm house but with the canal running at the rear of the building the owner, John Anson, started brewing beer for the bargees.
It is a unique and remarkable pub without a standard bar with everything served from the back wall,pulls ,optics wine all attatched to the wall with the staff having their back to you whilst they serve you.
It is estimated that there are perhaps only 9 others like this in the UK>
The inside is grade 2 listed and it is said that a former Landlord removed a small hatchway for more room but was quickly told to return the room back to its former state.Te serving room is like going back in time with the original low ceilings and beams.
There are legends woven into the pub of ghosts and monk sometime appearing.
It is a fasinating place to visit,where you can also partake of a pint of well kept ale and feed on good home made food.
After the visit the local lime pits have been turned into a conservatin area and is worth a walk round there is also the tow path to explore to work off the food and drink.
The Manor is well worth a visit to see a true blast from the past.
So you dont get lost it is on Park Road Rushall Walsall WS41LG
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