A stunning building next to the railway station. It’s a hotel, but the bar is very much a pub. Both inside and out are stunning victoriana, and most of the fixtures and fittings are there too.
Beer was fine, and the food looked ok, but the surrounding area would be described as “vibrant”, but the pub itself was fine.
Tucked away in a backstreet, this was a very traditional pub, or rather, what some would take as traditional: a bit tired looking, fake brandy casks. Pleasant enough though, and popular, and the beer was fine.
Town centre pub in the shopping area: we called in for a soft drink and to get out of the rain: not a bad pub, but I didn’t fancy it the might before as it was very busy and a bit noisy. It’s typical town centre, and also served as a reminder of The Four Marys and 2 Baker St, despite being the other end of the country- the menu was identical, thanks to Greene King.
Local’s pub on a thoroughfare. This was on my way back to my hotel, and I dropped in for a swift pint. Friendly enough, and pleasant enough- a nice place for a quiet pint, but my West Midlands beer price index got upset by the £3.85 price for a pint- though that was unfair, as elsewhere in town, prices were higher.
Backstreet pub, just off the seafront. Friendly barman, several pumps of real ale, and a quiet, relaxed atmosphere when we visited, decent music loud enough, but not too loud, prices OK too.
Charming little seafront pub with decking outside offering views of the sea and pier. Some great real ale and craft beer/cider, inclding some unusual stuff. Friendly barman, and OK prices given the location.
Birmingham, Broad St
Another I’ve managed to miss from PubBlog. It’s a standard modern pubco pub inside: typical pubco menu, but pretty OK: the location ensures it’s busy. Staff generally pleasant, beer and food usually fine, and again, right by the ICC/Symphony Hall. Prices OK considering.
Birmingham, Broad St:
Right over the road from the ICC and Symphony Hall, and near the Hyatt, this is in the middle of the Broad St
“entertainment” piss up area. It’s a Lloyds No.1 (i.e: a ‘spoons), and I don’t know how I’ve missed including it before: if you’re working at or visiting the ICC it’s an expenses-friendly place for lunch, and a handy place for pre-show drinks or food for Symphony Hall at a good price. On this visit I was feeling below par, owing to side-effects of some (prescribed) drugs,so eschewed alcohol, but prior experience had shown the beer to be good, and the food was pretty decent, in that “know what you’re getting” way, and the wine seemed to gain approval. You could do worse on Broad St.
Park Road, Bloxwich:
Previously Chimneys, then The Carousel, it’s an odd pub, but not bad by any means. We dived in for a swift beer, having a long wait for a bus in the cold otherwise. Sadly no ale, but the music wasn’t awful or deafening, there was a real fire, and the staff were pleasant.
Original post here.
Not been here for sometime. It hasn’t improved over last time. Not terrible, but could have been better, with such a poor choice of drink I had to resort to Carling cider, and some woeful music courtesy of 4 music, loud enough to be irritating. I’m pretty sure that pre-PubBlog it was a pretty nice pub.