A traditional village pub situated just a mile from the Welsh border and Offa’s Dyke. The pub originally doubled as village shop up until 1994, hence the large window on the right-hand side of the building. Having only had three owners since 1939, the historic heart is the delightful small bar at the rear right beyond a tiled and dado panelled corridor. It has some Victorian or early 20th-century fittings including the high bar counter and red and black quarry-tile flooring; the fireplace is perhaps of about 1970. Across the corridor is the Music Room, another atmospheric space with red quarry-tiled flooring. It is so called as it hosts live folk music on Thursdays and Fridays. On the right are two further reception rooms, comprising a snug and small dining room which have been brought in to use whilst being renovated sympathetically and furnished in a contemporary style. A large function room occupies the former stables. The pub’s nickname comes from wartime and subsequent austerity, and apparently means black market goods (docks, of course, being a major source thereof): no doubt this wasn’t the only pub in the land where such wares were traded behind closed doors!
A modest whitewashed building just a mile from the Welsh border which, up to 1994 doubled as the village shop (see the big window on the right). There have been only three owners since 1939 - Bill & Peggy Jones ran the pub from 1939 to 1989. The heart of this four-roomed village pub is the delightful small bar (rear left) beyond a red quarry-tiled and dado panelled passageway. It has a red and black tiled floor, Victorian panelled counter, old tongue and groove dado with fixed seating around the walls. The main part of the bar back is also Victorian and there are some 1960s changes below; and the stone fireplace dates from c. 1970. Across the corridor is a further room - now called the 'Music Room' as this is the venue for musicians every Thursday night. This has leather-covered fixed seating round the walls and an inglenook-style fireplace, possibly from the 1930s.
On the left are two rooms that have been brought into use in modern times - a games room, formerly a living room.