Craven Arms | Birmingham, West Midlands
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Craven Arms
Excellent based on 10 ratings
Type: Bar (see listing)

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

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


Mayor: RichTheVillan (22) | Taps: 12 | Bottles: 10+


Craven Arms

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Beer Available At Craven Arms (arranged by most recent)
4Tís Wise , Chantry New York Pale , Coastal Magnum , Liverpool Craft American Red 54, Loch Ness Dark Ness 83, Blackjack Black IPA , Mantle Dark Heart Premium Dark Ale , Revolutions Go Go , Summer Wine Devil Loves Bramling Cross , Weird Beard / Northern Monk Bad Habit (Barrel aged) 75, Hopcraft The Beast , Marstons S*M*A*S*H , Blackjack Single Hop IPA - Centennial , Church End Grave Diggers Ale 79, Siren Calypso Berliner Sour, Citra hopped 89, Arbor Mild West 79, Hopcraft Reign of Terroir , Hopcraft Sucker Punch , Long Itch Seven Year Itch , Pixie Spring Tidy Cascade
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10 reviews for Craven Arms
 Ambiance  86%
 Service  86%
 Selection  80%
 Food  70%
 Value  79%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  88%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
jjsint  (122) Bedford, England | April 17, 2014
Excellent pub tucked away just near the city centre proper. 7 cask and 4 keg ales are served in a convivial and popular atmosphere (good luck getting a seat). They know their beer here, seek it out.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
RichTheVillan  (10) , England | January 11, 2014
Excellent additon to the Birmingham beer scene always something interesting to try a scoopers paradise if you will, excellent pork pies, an addition of some Keg lines has helped, decent bottle selction even Keo available to remind you of Cypriot holidays.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Beersiveknown  (64) , Northern Ireland | November 4, 2013
Comfy back corner local with firendly 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.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
linkup101  (10) Birmingham, England | September 30, 2013
Whatís there not to like about the Craven, situated a stones throw from the Mailbox, fantastic beer on the handpulls, fantastic beer in bottles, great ambiance. A great example of how a traditional pub should be done.
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub  (398) Banbury, England | August 6, 2013
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.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
sic1314  (308) Leiden, Netherlands | July 29, 2013
Nice looking old back street bar. Tickerís delight, loads of new breweries and beers.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
Boudicca  (617) London, England | July 10, 2013| Updated April 12, 2014
A great local pub with a superb selection of beers (12 hand pumps). The Craven Arms has a very nice original exterior with blue and gold coloured tiles and inside itís neat, clean and well cared for. Apparently it wasnít always so Ė the current landlord and landlady, who are very friendly, took over a couple of years ago and by all accounts theyíve transformed the place. The beers include a few from Black Country Ales, who own the pub, alongside a good array of guests and some carefully selected bottles. Thanks to Dan for introducing us to the Craven. I liked it a lot and itís the one I liked most of all the pubs in the city centre. Oh, and the pies (£4 each) were delicious. (Last visited 1 April 2014).
84
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
superflyguy  (25) Leeds, England | March 14, 2013
Fantastic little boozer. Great decor, atmos and beer.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk  (128) The Hague, Netherlands | February 24, 2013
I walked into this place 11 months ago and thought Iíd never set foot in there again. How wrong I was. It has recently been taken over by the Black Country group and totally refurbished. It re-opened on Friday 22nd Feb as a real ale pub in the rapidly expanding real ale quarter of Birmingham. The building itself is an amazing piece of Victorian architecture which has been extremely well preserved. The interior is small and cozy with a lovely fireplace at the end of the bar. There are 12 regularly rotating real ales and surprisingly a couple of fizzies too. The staff are very knowledgable and friendly. Itís a short walk from the Mailbox, but well worth the effort. It made my day to see the way that this lovely pub has been turned around!
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
DanielBrown  (254) Birmingham (via Leicester), England | February 23, 2013
Excellent old skool boozer which has just reopened following a delightfiul refurbishment. The furniture is super comfortable and the atmosphere is warm and friendly. A line up of around ten handpulls, so expect loads of top Bitters. Another in the growing list of Black Country Ales venues. A great addition to Birminghamís new Craft Beer Quarter.

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