Revisit: The Four Crosses

Original post here.

Rumours of its demise seemed to have been exaggerated.

The Four Crosses is back open. There’s a lick of paint, but otherwise it is as if it never closed; same landlord, but a new owner of the building. The rumour is that the care home will still be built, which if it went for anything like the asking price, wouldn’t be a surprise.

Whatever, I’m happy to enjoy it. Nice atmosphere, great beer, and good prices too. The Indian food disappeared some time ago, but otherwise all the same. Long may it continue.

The Sun on the Hill

Bennetts Hill, Bitmingham City Centre:

I wasn’t expecting to like this. It has a bit of a chainpub feel to it, though a little upmarket. It’s a big space, all one room, and all the hard surfaces made it noisy, but most of the noise was lively conversation (until the Rugby started), though there was music, that, mid-afternoon added nothing; people chatting and drinking gave the place atmosphere and we both liked it more than expected.

Good beer too- I wasn’t expecting ale, but there was a choice.

Andy’s log here

The Pool Hayes

Short Heath:

Outside, a standard 1960s estate pub- apparently a fast-disappearing type of building. Inside, it’s a feedbag, but the other sort of feedbag: the pub with Indian food. The food smelt fantastic, to be fair. A little bit of the tall-seat-and-table standard pub furniture, but a friendly owner, decent beer, and the TV muted won it back some points. Not the atmosphere of The Whimsey, but a nice pub.

Andy’s log here.

The Jolly Coliier

Short Heath:

The start of Short Heath phase 1 of 100 pubs. This is Andy’s manor, and there’s sufficient for 2 visits.

I fist walked into the lounge- Andy was dropping the car at a relative’s nearby- and there was a private party, so I nipped round to the bar. The place looks to have been refurbed recently, and was quite smart and pleasant, and the locals were friendly. Sadly the Trooper ran out, but the HPA was good, and it was a nice place to start the evening.

Andy’s log here.