England > West Midlands > Birmingham, Hockley
LewisKingBeer (4) Birmingham, England | August 8, 2014
50 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
The Lord Clifden can boast that it probably has the best beer garden in Birmingham, though itís become a little more cluttered over recent years and lost the "secret garden" feel it used to have. Its been opened up and now itís all about seating and roof covering in an effort to pack more people in. The garden is also the location of many mini-festivals and BBQs over the year. The pub itself has a smaller room to the right when you walk in and and then the bar area further on which expands into a larger seating area and access to the earlier mentioned garden. The place is decorated with an "urban art" theme which somehow works very well with what would be a rather traditional decor. The food is also of good quality. The only thing that lets this venue down is the drinks offering, in any other city in the UK this would have, at least, a few decent craft offerings, but basic cask (Wye Valley etc.) is about all you can expect here. Could easily transform itself to higher things with select bottles in fridges and a couple of craft-keg options but sadly I think the staff lack the knowledge to pull it off.
Boudicca (694) London, England | August 21, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
We happened upon a mini beer festival at the Lord Clifden. It was being held in the large enclosed garden at the back and very nice it was too with an impressive range of beers on offer. The pub has lots of character but we didnít really make the most of it as it was lovely just to sit outside, listen to the live music (the same two chaps whoíd been at the Wellington the night before) and soak up the atmosphere. It was, as some people would say, "cool". A place to be recommended.
(Visited 7 July 2013).
Fin (555) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 19, 2013
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
I visited here Monday 18th March 2013. The beer range was a little limited perhaps but only when compared to some today. I went for a Urban Rotten ale which sported a great picture of Johnny Rotten in best snarling mode, it was fine enough but there was Wye Valley HPA which to be honest would have probably been the better choice. The pub is on quite a busy main road and close to a large Ethiopian and Eritrean restaurant called The Blue Nile which looked interesting, though not sure what Powdered Peas (one of the ingredients on the Veggie menu) would be like. Back to the pub. As you enter there is a small corridor with the lounge bar leading off to the right, I never looked for any other bars so cannot comment on them, the lounge bar sort of opened out/widened at the back but I would guess much like the Wellington this could get a bit crammed at busy times owing to how the place is laid out. Good bar, and worth visiting when you go to others such as Red Lion and Rose Villa Tavern also in this area.
The_Bish (7) , England | May 24, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice pub. Good atmosphere with cool beer garden. Problem is the beer range was poor when I went, struggled for a sampler to find anything good at all. Didnít taste food but it looked really good.
ianharper (10) , England | February 22, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic pub in Hockley, can get a bit too busy for my liking on the weekend but that only proves how good it is. Wye Vally HPA is available and it is always on top form.
imdownthepub (505) Banbury, England | December 29, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
A very pleasant pub on the edge of the Jewellery quarter. We enjoyed the Urban Art theme going on and its relaxed atmosphere. Reasonable range of beers, I went for a house beer, which was decent enough. The leading pub in a much improved area, definitely worth a visit.
DanielBrown (264) Birmingham (via Leicester), England | March 21, 2010
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
Excellent pub - a traditional venue, beautifully updated with a modern art slant. Great atmosphere, good food and some nice beers including those brewed by the pubís own microbrewery - Urban. Lovely beer garden is the icing on the cake.
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