England > West Midlands > Birmingham
BlackHaddock (282) , England | November 5, 2013
36 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 8/20
This place is on my Brum Crawl list and I’ve been a number of times. Cramped and different, more cafe than pub but OK.
Long and thin with odd toilets. Staff a bit stand-off-ish and surly, not sure why I bother going?
Usually four cask ales available, not sure about bottles never seen or asked for any. I wouldn’t have added this to the RB database to be honest.
Boudicca (575) London, England | July 21, 2013
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
A pleasant café by the side of the canal at Gas Street basin. As the name suggests, the Canalside Café is more of a café than a pub. Its mainstays seem to be breakfast, coffee and lunch but it does have five or six taps with real ales and ciders. It’s a tiny, whitewashed cottage right next to the Bar Lock footbridge going over to the moorings in the basin and the main seating is outside or in a garden room next to the very small and cluttered bar. As Dan says below, it’s a pleasant enough spot to watch the world go by. It must once have been a toll cottage as all boats making the connection between the Worcester and Birmingham canal and the Birmingham canal mainline have to pass through a narrow channel right in front of the patio.
(Visited 7 July 2013).
DanielBrown (238) Birmingham (via Leicester), England | April 14, 2010
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
An old lock-keepers cottage, by the side of the canal which runs from Brindley Place to the Mailbox. Small, quirky place, which feels like a vegetarian cafe, but serves 4 rotating cask ales and has a range of bottled local micros. Small, not all that friendly, but with a location to die for. Sitting outside in summer, watching the world go buy is lovely.
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