|An unprepossessing side street local from the outside|
On the outside it's simply a streetside pub in the middle of a terrace of Victorian shops but step inside and you discover a startling gem of ornate Victoriana. The highspot is the famous enamelled ceiling with a beautiful swan at its centrepiece but there's loveliness everywhere you look: the ornate bars, the elegant lights, the gleaming brass, the bold swirls of the period wallpaper, the richly painted woodwork.
|But inside a Victorian masterpiece|
|Gleaming brass, warm lighting and rich paintwork|
If it was in London, tourists would be queuing outside and beer would be a fiver a pint. In Netherton it can be a beauty spot and a proper pub as well, a fortunate combination. We left with contented smiles after a couple of pints of Bumblehole and two hearty lunches.
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