Craven Arms (Black Country Inns) | Birmingham, West Midlands
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Craven Arms (Black Country Inns)
Excellent based on 24 ratings
Type: Bar (see listing)

47 Upper Gough Street
Birmingham, West Midlands England B1 1JG [ print map ]
0121 643 6756 | facebook | twitter

Hours: Mon-Thurs 1200-2300; Fri-Sat 1200-0000

Mayor: RichTheVillan (21) | Taps: 12 | Bottles: 10+

Craven Arms (Black Country Inns)

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Beer Available At Craven Arms (Black Country Inns) (arranged by most recent)
Squawk Pale Galena, Centennial , Imperial / Hamelsworde Yankee Doodle DanDale , Cloudwater Citrus Gose 69, Brick (UK) Sir Thomas Gardyner 89, North Riding (East Ayton) / Brass Castle Red Mosaic , Wild Weather / Hopcraft - Sunday League Relegation Play Offs (2nd leg) , Otherton Ales Flying Dutchman , Weird Beard Five O’Clock Shadow 96, Atom Schrodinger’s Cat 70, Magic Rock / Toccalmatto Custard Pie 95, Anspach & Hobday The Porter 98, Siren / Boneyard Dippy & The Equinox 96, LandLocked Cascadian Dark Ale 81, Anspach & Hobday The Framboise , Beavertown / Boneyard Power of the Voodoo 100, Five Towns / North Riding OAP 86, Tyne Bank / Brass Castle Hearty Ale , Revolutions Happy Families , Cloudwater Session IPA 90, Fallen Platform C 95
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24 reviews for Craven Arms (Black Country Inns)
 Ambiance  85%
 Service  83%
 Selection  82%
 Food  65%
 Value  77%
 Overall  83%
 Rating  93%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
imdownthepub  (658) Banbury, England | August 20, 2015
Aug ’15 mark 90. The pub get better all the time, particularly the choice of beers and the descriptions offered. Excellent.
Aug ’13, mark 86. Although I have visited Birmingham many times, this area was never one on the list to go to, this has now changed. Reasonably easy to get to through the Mailbox, the escalators taking out the climb. It can be spotted from the Mailbox, with its tiled exterior. It is now a welcoming, 1 roomed pub with the bar along the interior wall and kitchens behind. The beers are from the Black Country Brewery range plus brewery swaps in general, which at the moment, are giving an interesting choice. Sharon & Chris are really keen on their Real Ales and we are sure will always be offering a good spread of styles. It will now become a regular on our irregular Birmingham trips. A great start and addition to the City Centre scene.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko  (512) Vancouver, British Columbia | May 5, 2015
Very traditional English pub feel to this place but win an above average tap list. Most cask ales, though there are a few regular keg draughts, including a couple of Sirens, but the rest are standard English ales. Friendly service and standard prices. Nice place for a beer or two.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
b727trijet  (395) Isleworth, England | March 30, 2015
A well run pub catering for the discerning drinker.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Fin  (733) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | January 31, 2015
We visited here on Saturday 24th January 2015 we being me, Loz and Glen after the superb Cotteridge Convention. The Craven Arms was as far as I can recall close to the Mailbox. It was dark when we arrived so sadly I was unable to marvel at the exterior which I understand is pretty impressive as it is adorned with blue and gold majolica tiling. I was also unable to take in much of the interior of the place as it was absolutely rammed, (the entire RB Cotteridge contingent helped to fill the place) The beer choice was very, very good. I had a Revolutions Happy Family. Despite it being so busy we were served very swifly. I heard one of the barman talking to a customer and it was clear that they knew their stuff. I liked the pub but will have to re-rate as I was unable to really take in ny surroundings and describe the pub in detail as it was so busy.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Jimmythespoon  (170) , | January 28, 2015
Very cozy boozer, with staff that knows their stuff. Great place to spend some time drinking great beers. Definitely worth a visit or two!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Beersiveknown  (123) , Northern Ireland | January 26, 2015
Comfy back corner local with friendly staff, pleny of original features and a good mix of beers on the bar, with three from black country on my visit. Allow you o bring your own food which is always a bonus. 24/1/15 Additional keg lines in place, bustling but not rammed on a Saturday night. Good mix of local and further afield, including some unusual cask offerings (9.6% DIPA and an oud bruin!)
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois  (854) Tourist Town (West), England | January 25, 2015| Updated January 27, 2015
Visited around 5pm on Saturday 24th January 2015. Located about 10 minutes walk from New St, heading away from the main city centre and shopping district. Trad street corner Victoriana boozer both inside and out. Place was fair booming on our visit but we got served fairly quickly. Good range of Cask beers and some solid keg offerings to boot. The only thing that sullied my visit a little was that one of our party was asked to leave. He claims innocence, and I know people can get pissed and do something inappropriate but the bar staff/manager who asked him to leave would not explain to us why - which I think is a little silly/uncommunicative and just left me feeling a bit let down.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Beermenace  (33) , | January 15, 2015
A bit difficult to find, however once there a pleasant enough boozer awaits. Reasonable selection of dark and blonde ales at prices you would expect in Birmingham, condition of beer spot on. I just felt it lacked a bit of atmosphere, although the young girl behind the bar was charming and helpful. Not somewhere I would go regularly, nice but nothing more.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
LewisKingBeer  (12) Birmingham, England | November 11, 2014
Great little trad boozer with a difference. On the wrong side of the strangling ring-road but a place that Birmingham needs more of and has far too little! Always something interesting on cask, including lots of Brodies, and so far has had a fabulous bottle list and some pretty interesting things on keg too. Hopefully this will continue as the place would be considerably poorer without. Chris, Ross and the team provide a good and knowledgeable service.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock  (434) , England | September 18, 2014
My first ever visit to this little pub: 17th Sep 2014. Meeting some beer geek friends for a session and this was the chosen starting place. I instantly liked it, even before we got through the front door, it just looked like a good pub from first sight. Once inside it confirmed my first thoughts. Clean, tidy and a friendly ambiance from the start. Good selection of cask ales, three of the ’Black Country’ owners brews and the rest mostly from Yorkshire on my visit. I like proper pubs and this sits nicely in that mould. The guy behind the bar was informative and friendly, even came across and spoke to us when it was quiet, but he did know one or two in our little party.

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