Express & Star

Thriving pub a great example of hard work turning around fortunes

It's often said that a change of leadership can turn around a pub, taking it from failing to thriving.

The pub has plenty of snugs and comfortable places to sit

The Wheatsheaf on Market Street in Wolverhampton is a very good example of this principle, having changed from a failing business ready to be closed and converted into flats into a popular and vibrant real ale drinkers pub.

Set in the city centre opposite Wolverhampton Police Station and just down the road from the bus station, the Wheatsheaf has a prominent place on the street and has been a presence there since 1854.

The Wheatsheaf is a recognisable sight for anyone walking through Wolverhampton city centre

It consists of of four public rooms on the ground floor and a club room on the first floor which became a billiard room and, in 1919, was converted into bedrooms to allow for accommodation, with an extension added four years later.

The pub was bought by Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries in 1909 and was extended in 1959 through the old shops next door being demolished to allow for a beer garden.

Now owned by Marston's, the pub has been under the stewardship of landlady Lisa Parsons for 10 years, who said that the brewery had warned her of the limited future prospects of the pub during her interview.

Tim Woolams is among the many regulars at the pub