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The Cat Re-awakens – even on Mondays!
Yes it's official, the Cat Inn at Enville is now operated by the directors of Enville Brewery, the same team who purchased Enville Ales Limited almost four years ago and, better still, it’s open EVERY day from 5pm. Director, Malcolm Braham says, “Our aim is to put The Cat Inn ‘back on the map’, as a 'landmark' country pub, keeping the traditional character whilst making improvements to this historic roadside inn”.
The directors believe that operating the nearest pub to the brewery (just across the fields at Cox Green) provides the perfect opportunity to 'showcase' the brewery’s range of fine cask ales in perfect condition. Considerable work on the cellar and dispensing equipment is already underway and five ales (3 Enville and 2 Guests) are currently on sale. More will be added in due course, but, as they want you to enjoy their ales in finest condition, this will only happen as demand allows each cask to be emptied in three days or less to ensure optimum freshness.
On the food front, the new owners are keen to re-introduce Chef Bob's famous sausage, mash and gravy variety menu as the winter evenings draw closer and of course they’ll be launching sought after seasonal favourite, Gothic Ale at the Cat Inn in the next couple of weeks in readiness for Halloween and the darker evenings.
Changes to the opening hours have already been made and The Cat is now open at 5.00pm in the evening including Monday's (where previously the pub was closed all day). There will be more developments and announcements in the weeks that lie ahead. Updates will be posted on both web sites as time allows. Bethan, her staff and of course the brewery team look forward to welcoming you at the warmer, friendlier, but just as traditional Cat Inn at Enville.
Left: The directors of Enville Brewery toast the future success of The Cat Inn after taking over the running of the historic roadside inn in the village.
Right: Vanna and Manager, Bethan ready to pull more pints now that the Cat is open for lunch every day except Monday and from 5pm every evening including Monday and 12-6pm on Sundays.
The Cat Inn, at the heart of the conservation village of Enville, dates back to 1718. It has a double horseshoe bar, lounge bar, roaring log fires and a courtyard room. Upstairs is currently used to cook the traditional food that’s on offer but in the future there are plans to re-open the formal restaurant and function room. Outside there is a large car park and an attractive courtyard and to the other side, potential for a secluded beer garden.
"We have Enville brewery branded pubs like the Wall Heath Tavern and the Queens Head in Wordsley but this is our first pub and it’s going to be quite a project. With an injection of investment and a lot of hard work over the months ahead we plan to make the Cat Inn the perfect place to eat, drink and relax and of course sample Enville’s range of ales. We currently offer three Enville beers and have two rotating guest ales," said director, Malcolm Braham.
We have great plans for the Cat including necessary renovations, new toilets, and longer opening hours. We are now open at 5pm every evening (including Monday) and considering further changes such as staying open Saturday afternoon following requests from regular customers.
Coming from Stourbridge, you have to pass the pub to get to our brewery. It’s only about a mile away so The Cat will be the ideal place to entertain our visitors," added Malcolm.
The Cat isn’t the only part of the business the team at Enville are expanding. With Christmas around the corner they expect brisk business with the Christmas take out boxes of ales. "There are times when people are entertaining at home or simply can’t get to the pub. Rather than drink cans or bottles from the supermarket it has become increasingly popular to enjoy a box of our award winning real ale at home" said Malcolm. You can collect from the brewery or even The Cat by arrangement and order as little as nine pints by phoning 01384 873728. You can also order your own Enville pint or half-pint glass to make the experience more authentic, branded Polo Shirts and even handmade birthday cards!
Please remember to drink responsibly and leave licensed premises quietly respecting others in the neighbourhood. Our tip, 'Always Take a Taxi', we do.