England > West Midlands > Birmingham
dsmith67 (10) , | January 21, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Always a good selection of seasonal beers, with Purity almost always represented. Very reliable pub.
mcberko (487) Vancouver, British Columbia | May 5, 2015
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Traditional English pub with nothing but English cask ales on tap. Nothing special on tap but itís a good place for a decent selection of this type of beer. Good prices and nice service. Wouldnít say itís a mandatory stop but itís a nice place to chill with a beer.
roundhouse (16) , | August 8, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
A few year back this large traditional boozer was on its last legs and we thought it would close forever. However Nicholsons made huge improvements inside and now its a superb place doing food and a great range of ales. Very handy for Snow Hill station opposite (there is a short cut ino the station through the multi storey car park).
imdownthepub (605) Banbury, England | August 6, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
We have visited this pub many times as it is very handy for Snow Hill Station. Large rangy pub with several rooms, as a Nicholsonís pub the beer always has some interest, particularly as the have around 7 had pumps going at any one time. Although it gets full of suits you can generally find somewhere to sit. The bar tends to get a bit over busy to park yourself there. They are a bit rapid in chucking you out at 11pm though, particularly if you are trying to while some time away for the last train. Overall a pretty decent pub.
Update Aug í13. The pub has a good ambiance and the beer has certainly improved of late, if sticking to the Nicholsonís range, which is notably better these days. Gets better each time.
Boudicca (949) London, England | July 9, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
An elegant and pleasant Nicholsonís pub with 12 hand pumps. The Old Contemptibles is in an elegant red brick building quite close to Snow Hill station. Itís nice inside too, with a high ceiling and an impressive cornice. There are red-fringed brass lampshades over the bar and behind it is a set of rather grand Grecian arches in dark wood with etched glass inserts. Over the arches are three modern paintings depicting soldiers from the 1914-1918 war in reference to the name of the pub. Apparently members of the regular army who survived the horrors in France and Flanders during the early stages of World War I dubbed themselves the ďOld ContemptiblesĒ following a derogatory (but possibly apocryphal) comment made about them by Kaiser Wilhelm. I also heard (from Danís friend Gurd) that Snow Hill was the station where soldiers from the Black Country disembarked after their time in the trenches and, naturally, sought out the nearest pub. This rings true as the pub is visible from the modern station concourse even today.
(Visited 5 July 2013).
Clembo1957 (93) Smethwick, England | May 11, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Great old pub with a lot of history, part of the Nicholsons chain so a kittke corporate. Large bar area with seating, good food but busy 5pm -- 7pm and weekends. 9 beers on handpump + continental lagers. Food is ok but smallish portions, best deals at lunchtime
ManVsBeer (1502) Hebden Bridge, England | February 27, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderfully atmospheric pub with an emphasis on a Victorian style saloon. It is well decked out with traditional soft furnishings that complement the high ceiling, stained glass windows and aged wooden decor. The painted images of First World War soldiers above the bar points to a later remodeling but it clearly has plenty of period charm. Drinking and dining are both popular and the room at the back is for diners. At the bar cask is given as much room as lager pumps and there are nine pumps (with a selection of 6 available during my visit), Naturally you pay a little more here than your ordinary boozer.
jmgreenuk (205) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | February 26, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
An old WW1 themed Victorian style Nicholsons pub in the heart of Birmingham. Itís been very tastefully refurbished, but thankfully retains much of its original charm. Itís rather large inside and Is generally full most evenings as its popular with the office crowd for after work drinks. There are up to 8 hand pulls. They are not always that exciting but there are usually one or two non-mainstream beers that I have not tried. This part of Birmingham is spoilt for choice when it comes to great bars, but its still worth looking up the Old Cís.
goozen (108) Leiden, Netherlands | August 15, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Nice big pub with WW 1 theme, some handpumps and taps of other stuff.
deanso (360) the Hague, Netherlands | April 16, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
big place with great decor. Good selection of handpump beers.
BlackHaddock (427) , England | April 3, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Named after some First World War British soldiers this lovely large, old pub is one of my favourites in Birmingham. A bit isolated from the other íbetter pubsí in the city, but well worth the walk.
Part of the Michellís and Butlerís empire and if it was situated in London would have a Nicholsonís sign outside.
Always a good selection of Real Ales, plus fizzy stuff if you must, the staff are often rushed off their feet, but still manage to look happy enough. The choice always seems different from the last visit, so not sure if they have any regular beers on, or just random guest beers. The food speciallity is Sausages, different styles and types, not cheap, but with some strange and interesting filling combinations.
Olde Worlde in decor, in keeping with its name, WW1 type of stuff, etc. The toilets are upstairs and a backroom area is more for eating than drinking, although when full you can grab a seat where ever you see one.
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