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.
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.
Sister pub to The Lord Clifden, so part of the Urban Art Bar Group. Don’t let the group name put you off, I was prepared to hate the Lord Clifden, expecting hipster wankery, and was proved wrong, and if anything The Red Lion was better still on that front, with just ordinary punters. Closer to the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, it’s a short walk from the Chamberlain Clock at Warstone Lane/Vyse St.
It’s very nice. Traditional inside- the art in Urban Art is minimal, thankfully- decent beer (Bathams when I called), friendly staff, food that looked and smelt good, though I didn’t eat. Not cheap, but that’s the price we pay for Hockley’s trendiness, I suppose. There’s 2 rooms downstairs, and apparently another upstairs.
John Bright Street:
Another place I’d intended visiting for a good while. It’s just past it’s first birthday.
John Bright St seems to be enjoying a upturn, with Cherry Red’s, and the ever popular Victoria nearby, as well as new restaurants. Brewdog is of course an outlet for the craft beer brewery known for it’s uncompromising attitude and great beer. It’s very near to New St if you’re travelling by train. I was sad to note the now-closed Crown following its sale.
Brewdog itself is a bit trendy for me (as I’m distinctly middle-aged), and the decor is like some late 80s-early 90s revival, all stripped back bare surfaces and exposed cable tray (and seats that were hard to get my fat arse into), but the beer was great, the staff friendly and helpful, and atmosphere buzzing for a mid-afternoon on a Tuesday.
Part of the same chain and with the same menus as The Four Marys, this was quite similar for me, in that it was a pleasant welcoming pub with decent beer. We didn’t eat here, but the beer was fine and other diners seemed to like the food. Staff were friendly and helpful and there was a nice atmosphere.
Another Belhaven pub, this looks tiny from outside, but inside it’s a Wetherspoons-a-like (or maybe a Goose-a-like) pub and a cavernous space. No real ale, but bearable lager. Nothing special though.
A ‘spoons in Wednesbury? What could go wrong?
Well, nothing. We gave the Pig and Trumpet (which I recall as the Golden Cross) nearby a miss, as it looked a bit grim, and dropped in here. It was fine: a spoons, for sure, but the beer was good, it was passably clean, and the outside space was nice in late-summer sunshine, and the staff were fine.
It’s a Brewer’s Fayre, so a family feedbag blandfest, next to a Premier Inn. However, it was nearly 9pm, and we needed food and alcohol, so in we went.
It wan’t bad. Pretty devoid of atmosphere, of course, and the beer selection was the standard keg rubbish, but the Stella was OK, the wine OK, the staff efficient, and the food OK too. The pub exists mostly to serve as the Premier Inn’s restaurant, so expect children, but this wasn’t a problem.
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Fronting on to the High St, this large pub has a rear terrace with a fine view of
the A82 dual carriageway Loch Linnhe. Ok, it has a view of both, but look up and you can shut out the A82.
There was ale, but sadly only 1, and that a dark one, so our stay was shorty than otherwise: staff were pleasant, food was good value and, joking aside, the terrace at the back does have a good view.
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Another ‘spoons. A fair bit smaller, and very slightly cheaper for food than the Cabot Court Hotel. Beer was fine, staff friendly.