Tag Archives: #100pubs

The Jekyll and Hyde

Birmingham:

I wasn’t entirely expecting to like this- I was looking for a nearby pub I used to drink in occasionally years ago (that I think may have become this). It’s got a few warning signs- it is themed, and there’s a dedicated Gin Palace- but it was actually pleasant, despite being rammed, though we chose to sit outside (in December!!). Decent beer, pleasant staff.

The Eagle and Ball

Eastside, Birmingham:

We’d been to The Woodman nearby, so upped the pub count here. It’s Birmingham City University’s Student Union, but it’s also a pub.

Inside, it’s a bit bright and modern for a Victorian pub, and we were obviously not the target audience for the music. Staff were pleasant though, even when we were criticising the music next to the manager…

There was ale, but the pump was playing up, sadly. Not too bad a place at all, considering.

Revisits: The Old Crown

Original post here.

Pleasant enough still, but it’s been affected by the plague of hipster tosspots, so the food’s a bit fussy (brioche fucking buns and twatting ciabatta again), and the Pedigree was rough (though when Andy decided he couldn’t bear it, it was changed without question). When it came, the food was actually fine, but what’s wrong with bread?

Still worth a visit, just not what it was.

The Greyhound and Punchbowl

Bilston:

I hadn’t been in here for years: If it were in a country village, it would be famed, a historically significant building that feels it inside, but the effect is ruined a little by the TVs (one showing sport, one Come Dine With Me, of all things). No ale, either, so we had a rapid half of Girl’s Stella and warmed ourselves by the lovely open fire, before heading for The Trumpet.

Revisit: The Old White Rose

Original Post Here.

Our meeting place for the continuation of 100Pubs, I’d heard dark things of this previously notoriously good real ale pub/hotel from several people.

As it was, it wasn’t too bad, but wasn’t brilliant. The beer has been Greene Kinged, and I’m not keen on that- Andy likes GK IPA, when he hates IPA as a rule – so GK IPA was off for me, and I ended up with Benajmin’s Red Molasses Beer, which was at least interesting.

Staff were friendly, and the place looked cleaner and brighter, but it was *freezing* inside. No sign of food, which was there before, and the beer choice is very, very limited compared to before.