Old Contemptibles (Nicholsonís) | Birmingham, West Midlands
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Old Contemptibles (Nicholsonís)
Good based on 14 ratings
Type: Bar

172 Edmund Street
Birmingham, West Midlands England B3 2HB [ print map ]
0121 200 3310


Hours: Mon-Fri 1000-2300; Sat 1200-2300; Sun 1200-1800

Mayor: DanielBrown (1) | Taps: 15 | Bottles: 12

Old Contemptibles (Nicholsonís)

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Beer Available At Old Contemptibles (Nicholsonís) (arranged by most recent)
Purity Rivet 53, Adnams Southern Lights 68, Robinsons South Island , Liberation Crowd Pleaser , Brains Craft Brewery Rye Catcher 47
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14 reviews for Old Contemptibles (Nicholsonís)
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  74%
 Selection  69%
 Food  72%
 Value  67%
 Overall  69%
 Rating  76%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
goozen  (94) Leiden, Netherlands | August 15, 2012
Nice big pub with WW 1 theme, some handpumps and taps of other stuff.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
roundhouse  (16) , | August 8, 2014
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).
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub  (531) Banbury, England | August 6, 2013
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
Boudicca  (802) London, England | July 9, 2013
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).
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Clembo1957  (87) Smethwick, England | May 11, 2013
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
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 16/20
wimpyjoe  (1439) Hebden Bridge, England | February 27, 2013
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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk  (197) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | February 26, 2013
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
deanso  (347) the Hague, Netherlands | April 16, 2012
big place with great decor. Good selection of handpump beers.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock  (394) , England | April 3, 2012
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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
scotthmoore  (10) , England | March 5, 2012| Updated March 29, 2012
Rather too crowded during Friday and Saturday evenings but the selection of beers is reliable and prices are reasonable for the city centre.

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