Tried here a few days after the opening. This used to be Kings' Wine Bar then a couple of other places, never really much to look at. Now The Grain Store took over and completely revamped it, right back to the bare bricks so we thought we would give it a whirl.
Went in about 2.30pm on a Saturday, a week after it opened, expecting it to be a little busier, but there was a couple dining outside on the tables out there, and a couple of tables occupied by diners inside. We sat on a large table near the bar and had a good look round to see all of the improvements they have made since taking the building over.
We ordered drinks at the bar and had a wine, 2 cokes and a pint. This came to around £10 so a little more than some of the pubs and bars in Wolverhampton but for the décor etc it was worth it. Anyone who knows Wolverhampton will know we are really struggling to find anywhere decent here!
We sat with our drinks whilst perusing the menu. I chose the Cheese Ploughman's Lunch, as I very rarely get the option as a vegetarian to have a Ploughman's! My partner went for the Steak and Ale Pie and our daughter had the Henpecked Burger. We did wait quite a while for our food, at least half an hour, but everything was fresh, cooked to order and very well presented so we didn't really mind that much. Also the surroundings were lovely so we had a good look round.
The toilets are on the ground floor which is handy if you have a couple of kids with you. The tables were all wooden, the sanded stressed look, which compliments the grey walls and trendy decoration very well. The whole place still smells brand new, a mixture of paint and new wood! Not ideal when you are eating but in fairness that won't last long and it has only been open a week!
The bar staff/waitresses were very young, pleasant enough and friendly. When our food came out it was very pleasing to the eye, well presented and piping hot. My Ploughmans (see picture) was very filling and my partner and daughter were very impressed with theirs too. The steak and ale pie was a big wedge of pie, with lots of chips, gravy and peas. He soon polished it off! The burger my daughter had was large, with fries, coleslaw, little side salad and sauces. She wolfed it down so must have been very tasty!! The whole bill with drinks as about £27 so all in all, for Wolverhampton a little more expensive than the rest of the pubs but for the freshness and choice of food, cool surroundings and decent clientèle, its definitely worth it.
I think once it has found its feet a little, and ironed out the little niggles, it will be a regular spot for me and my friends as we were crying out for somewhere decent!! I would recommend The Grain Store for most age groups, with or without children, and as a nice relaxed break from the comings and goings of the town centre. Very nice
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