I noticed at the weekend that a The White Horse pub, just off the A5 in Brownhills, is vacant and up for sale. Sad, really, in it’s day it was a fine house and a good pint. Latterly, it wasn’t so great, but I’d hate to see it go.
I noticed also that the Struggling Monkey, up on Northgate at Leighswood, between Walsall Wood and Aldridge, is also looking for a new tenant.
I had thought the worst of the instability in the pub trade was maybe over – with local rescued houses like The Swan and Hussey Arms doing well, and extensive refurbs for the Crown and Smithy’s Forge, I’d been thinking maybe the situation was stabilising.
Pubs are the heart of the community. I hope the White Horse can be saved, rather than lost to vandalism, arson or another faceless housing development.