Visited on 9th October 2016. Single roomed Nicholsons venue and probably the closest pub to New St station, nice interior which retains a lot of the old, Victorian features. Beer range a little disappointing on my visit with only half the handpumps having a beer on and the range being a little disappointing, service a little slow, fairly pricey too, not sure Iíd rush back with much better venues in the locality.
A modern looking yuppie boozer in the heart of the city that still retains some of its Victorian heritage. Like all Nicholsons pubs it had a decent, well kept, cask selection. Not a huge interior but there is a small summer time outside patio too. Decent wifi and good service. Iím not sure why I donít spend more time in here!
Not to be confused with the other Nicholsonís Shakespeare, this is very close to New Street Railway Station, which is why we were in here on 17th Sep 2014. Having spent a few hours and loads of money in the PoohDog place a few yards away: my wife and I extracted ourselves from the ícrowdí and made our way here before the train journey home. What a lovely place, old world type comfort with a victorian feel and ambiance. Fairly quiet, so we could sit where we wanted. Outside smokers filled the seats and air. Pleasant staff and a good selection of Real Ales, nothing unusual for Birmingham, but a good choice non the less. My pint of Purity Mad Goose was in great condition. I have seen and walked passed this pub many times over many years, I will endeavour to pop my head in next time I am in Englandís second city and have another pint or three.
One of two Nicholsonís pubs in Birmingham called the Shakespeare, this one is in the city centre just off New Street and it has eight hand pumps. Itís a nice traditional place with some of the old wall tiling remaining and thereís a patio on the steeply sloping street outside.
(Visited 8 July 2013).
Opulent Victorian (but heavily refurbished) pub. Smooth jazz piped in. Only a few of the many taps were operational when I visited (mind you this was 10.30 am on a Saturday). Holt Mild and Andwells Golden IPA on among others. Commendable cider selection.