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A sad visit on our way back home; The Imperial closed later this evening, with J D Wetherspoon citing it as a commercial decision.
The Imperial has been there since 1997 or so, and I remember a bet with my other half that it would be there more than x years, (where x was either five or 10, we cannot recall). It lasted nearly 20 in the end, and despite it being just a ‘spoons, I will be sorry to see it go. handy for the bus station (especially as the toilets there are closed at night 🙂 ), and a little quieter than the nearby St Matthew’s Hall, it always seemed to be doing an OK trade to me. I just hope some new use can be found for the building.
Corporation St, Birmingham City Centre:
It’s a ‘spoons. A busy ‘spoons. Move along, nothing to see here, but handy for the bus.
Andy’s log here.
A ‘spoons. Standard stuff.
Just over the road, this is Willenhall’s ‘spoons. It’s been there a while (since 1999), and is, well, a ‘spoons. Not a bad one overall: it was clean, and the beer and staff were fine. Again, bus stop very close, but the opposite direction.
Pretty standard ‘spoons, but I’m having less of a problem with that these days: after all, a ‘spoons is usually a good chance of decent beer and wine, and at least reasonable food. We didn’t eat here, but the beer and wine were up to standard, everything else as you’d expect. Friendly locals, who seemed surprisingly not that keen on their home town…
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.
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.
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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.
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A ‘spoons, so you konow the drill. Cheap food and beer (though food was notably a little inflated above the nearby Dragon Inn, and noticeably inflated over The Avion. Still reasonable though.
This is an actual hotel you can stay in, but the pub still feels like a typical Wetherspoon, but a fairly good one. Beer was decent, as was the food and service, and despite the price hike for the seaside, good value.
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This is good on this occaision: we wanted breakfast for less than our hotel, and that’s what we got. An excellent Ulster Fry at a bargain price, with, I hasten to add, soft drinks. We also revisted later in the week when I was sick of crappy lagerfizz and wanted actual beer.
Staff friendly, beer top-notch, food good value. On the down side, the tables were typically sticky by the evening, and it was a bit lacking in atmosphere.