Lichfield Beer Guide: Your Lichfield guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Lichfield

70 /100 55 UPPER ST JOHN STREET
“What to make of this place? It is just under the railway bridge near the Station, just a couple of minutes walk. I thought I had entered someone's front room, there is no bar, just a list of the beers available. The main room was full so I went into one of the side rooms, it was quiet but comfy in there. The beers were mainly local cask breweries. It feels quite quaint in there and really worth popping in, particularly with the Railway Station being so close.“
imdownthepub 163 days ago
64 /100 1 BIRD STREET
“B&K have taken on a building previously occupied by a Wetherspoons. It's a large building, airy and open with the Brewing kit on the right as you enter. I wonder why every B&K I go into there is little sign of brewing taking place, everything just shiny and clean with few ingredients around, all neat and tidy, no brewing aromas either. Anyway, there is a long bar with around 10 hand-pulls but only B&K Lichfield beers available also the normal kegs, brewed elsewhere in the chain. It's popular certainly, particularly for food, you can tell it is an ex Wetherspoons as the loos are half a mile away up about 10 flights of stairs. Worth visiting for the new brewery tick.“
imdownthepub 163 days ago
84 /100 45 TAMWORTH STREET
“Standing slightly away from the main Tamworth Street area, this is a short drag up the hill, on the way towards the Duke of York, but I had to return later due to dodgy opening hours. When it did open it proved to be my favourite pub in Lichfield on the day. There is a modernish frontage but inside the old shop area has been kept more traditional. There was one hand pull in operation, but this is mostly about craft keg beers from across the UK, they are deliberately trying out new and exciting breweries. Good beer chat to be had. The seating is eclectic round the small front room, there is a small room to the rear. Well worth visiting.“
imdownthepub 163 days ago
68 /100 20 TAMWORTH STREET
“Derby Breweries first tied pub outside of their home county and they have done a pretty tidy job on it. Originally The Oak, then the Pig & Truffle, now just The Pig, there are pleasant, relaxing muted colours in here, none of the stripping out nonsense, just a relaxing, pleasant space. The cask beers were all Derby Brewery, which possibly might be an issue long term, some guests on the keg fonts, with a couple of key kegs in place. Prompt and helpful service, well worth a look.“
imdownthepub 163 days ago
66 /100 23/25 GREENHILL
“It's a bit of a walk up the hill from Tamworth Street to get to this, maybe 10 minutes maximum. It's a very traditional typical Joules type pub, there was a bit of a live folk music session going on in the back, I went into the large front bar where the bright winter sun was warming the room. Pretty much all Joules beers on, with one of their new experimental range. The landlords obviously are putting a lot of effort into the pub, it's beautifully kept, clean, tidy and comfortable. Well worth the effort to get there.“
imdownthepub 163 days ago
46 /100 16-18 TAMWORTH STREET
“This is the remaining Wetherspoons in Lichfield on the pub rich top end of Tamworth Street. It is pretty classical Spoons, although better than many, but with a couple of the normal problems. However it is undeniably popular, particularly with the push chair brigade. There was little in the way of guest beers on my visit, with just one winner for me.“
imdownthepub 163 days ago
74 /100
Beerbohm (Bar)
19 TAMWORTH STREET,
“Arrived here at 11:30 on a bright February Friday morning and the downstairs bar was already full such is the popularity of this Belgian style cafe bar. 4 hand pulls dispense beers from local breweries, the keg beers being largely Belgian imports. It has a pleasant, cosy, friendly feel to it, the room upstairs is bright and welcoming with a good view of the busy street below. It has to be a must visit for any trip to Lichfield.“
imdownthepub 163 days ago
66 /100 55 UPPER ST JOHN STREET
“Some directions for this because, surprisingly, it’s not on Tamworth Street ! Starting out at the bus or rail station, head south then turn left under the railway. This place is almost immediately on the left – opposite the old Lichfield Brewery offices. [ I suspect it was originally the brewery tap ] Claims to be a micropub, but it’s rather large for that. We didn’t actually go inside, but I’ve read that there are three rooms but no actual bar. Front door was closed, and we were directed “through the gate” to find an enormous cobbled yard out back. Lots of nooks and crannies into which tables had been fitted. In terms of beer there were 4 cask ales and 4 ciders available, and one of each changed during our visit. Beers appear to be from small but fairly well known producers (e.g. Abbeydale, Green Duck). Not sure about food, but I don’t think there is any. It was a warm sunny day, but the place appeared to be incredibly popular. People kept streaming in, but still it didn’t fill up. There were several staff on duty, but they were a bit overwhelmed. Definitely worth another visit. “
Martinsh 421 days ago
64 /100 45 TAMWORTH STREET
“Another place on the main drinking street in Lichfield, but a bit further along from the rest of them. An uninviting grey colour scheme outside which turns into black and white indoors. Space is limited and the bar takes up most of the first room. Another small room behind, and a small courtyard out back. Said to be some more room upstairs but that wasn’t investigated. There was one cask beer available (plus a couple of blank pulls) which is more that CAMRA thought there was ! Beyond that there is a range of 8 craft beer taps, and I believe there are some cans as well. Only place you will find a beer list is on Untappd. Craft range is varied and fairly obscure – I got a brewery tick. Food consists of enormous pizzas. A reasonable enough place, but a bit too hip for my liking. “
Martinsh 421 days ago
82 /100
Beerbohm (Bar)
19 TAMWORTH STREET,
“Continental style café-bar in the main drinking street in Lichfield. Small but spacious interior with comfy chairs arranged around tables. More seating upstairs though that wasn’t investigated. Even a couple of benches in the street outside. Main room decorated with all sorts of stuff, brewery memorabilia and print, even a map of Birmingham on the ceiling ! Anyway the bar is on the right. There are four cask ales available, plus about a dozen craft keg taps. This includes, Belgian, German and Ciders as well. Quite a few bottles in the bridge behind which looked interesting, but it was difficult to see. There is a ”coming soon” board (most said “now on”) but no other beer list. Instead the bar staff will give you a long spiel about each and every beer ! I’m chuffed that I managed to identify a brewery (Roebuck) that had managed to escape the attentions of RateBeer for four years ! All the cask ales we tried were in really good nick. Just about the only downside is that they don’t have any food. However, they are happy to let you bring your own or have takeaways delivered. Did I mention how friendly the staff were ? Almost forgot. Apparently there was a change of management in November 2020, though they aren’t planning to change much. Thoroughly recommended. I look forward to my next visit and exploring the tap range a bit more. “
Martinsh 421 days ago
80 /100
Beerbohm (Bar)
19 TAMWORTH STREET,
“Excellent continental beer bar with a great selection of Belgian beers on draft (Chouffe blonde, Westmalle dubbel and numerous others) plus 4 boring trad blondes / bitters on cask. Large upright fridge with a good selection of German beers, some unfamiliar options. Nice range of Cantillon and Fantome 75cl bottles plus some gift boxes. Nice attention to detail, comfortable seats, warm, dog friendly, friendly staff.“
minutemat 1000 days ago
70 /100 45 TAMWORTH STREET
“Hip craft beer / pizza place located in a small shop unit in Lichfield town centre. Really didn't have any idea about Lichfield before this random visit, but this street alone seems to have a good mix of drinking places all conveniently lined up alongside each other. This is the modern craft option (the old-style Belgian / German beer bar, traditional CAMRA micropub, family gastropub and cheap as chips Wetherspoons are further along). Didn't venture further in past the main bar area, although there are upper floor seating with cinema and bus seats. It's pretty much exactly what you expect it to be. Tap fonts are industrial, copper.. all the latest 'cool' brewers, with a couple of cans, surprised to see some trad cask - hard to believe the people drawn to these beers would come in when there are other more traditional real ale pubs in the immediate vicinity. No comment on the pizza, but will update next time when I do try it. Beer seemed eye-wateringly expensive for a third of a porter from a local brewery, but typical for the style of place this is. Quite liked it, but seemed quite cosy and small. Will be back.“
minutemat 1000 days ago
84 /100 55 UPPER ST JOHN STREET
“What a great micropub this is not far from Lichfield City railway station. We had heard there was a beer festival, and found a list of 20 ales, 8 on stillage in the pub itself and 8 out in the yard area at the rear with 4 to go on. They also sell real cider gins and wines, and bar snacks, pork pies and cobs. There is no bar and they give table service. A very comfortable second room with tables and chairs plus seating in the rear yard area. First class drinking establishment. We enjoyed beers from Bath, Pershore, Flash House and Milestone breweries“
gillhalfpint 1436 days ago
66 /100 23/25 GREENHILL
“Very close to the centre and one of the best stops in town. Taplist is generic cask ales, with mostly Joules beers. Paddles of 3 x 1/3 pints available for just over £3. Bottle/can list is quite nice, with a bunch from Beavertown, Cloudwater and Magic Rock especially. Some of them were expired, so the bartender was very nice in swapping them out for non-expired ones. Prices are decent for the cans. Worth a stop.“
mcberko 1509 days ago
54 /100 16-18 TAMWORTH STREET
“Right across the street from Whippet Inn and Beerbohm, this is one of the better JDW's I've been to. Reasonable taplist of cask ales, plus some generic garbage. Dirty cheap prices - most pints are £2.25. Smallest pours are half-pints, but they'll do free tasters. Some decent craft bottles. Super friendly but unknowledgeable service. If you're nearby, may as well pop in.“
mcberko 1509 days ago
60 /100
Beerbohm (Bar)
19 TAMWORTH STREET,
“Right next to Whippet Inn and across from Acorn Inn, this gets my vote for best pub in Lichfield. A dozen taps. They do paddles of 3 x 1/3 pints of English casks for just over £3, or 4 x 1/3 pints of (generic) Belgian beers for £6-7. A few decent craft bottles too. Friendly service and a homey, traditional pub environment. Worth a stop if in town.“
mcberko 1509 days ago
52 /100 21 TAMWORTH STREET
“Right in the centre of town and directly next to Beerbohm and across from Acorn Inn, this is one of the better pubs in town. A half dozen real ales and ciders on tap. Small, intimate, comfortable place. I prefered Beerbohm next door, but this is a worthwhile stop.“
mcberko 1509 days ago
70 /100 23/25 GREENHILL
“Traditional pub uphill from the city centre. Plenty of seating. Beer was decent. Visited 07/4/18.“
moleha4 1578 days ago
76 /100 21 TAMWORTH STREET
“One room micro close to the city centre. Cask beers on offer were from Abbeydale, Harbour, Kent & Tiny Rebel breweries. Well worth a visit. Mine was on 07/4/18.“
moleha4 1578 days ago
68 /100
Bowling Green (Restaurant)
FRIARY ROAD
“Visited here for a wake after going to the crematorium on 2nd Feb 2018. Decent selection of eight cask ales from around the UK. Hobsons Mild being the biggest surprise to me. Usual keg lines and a small bottle list. The mock Tudor exterior hides a multi roomed, yet open plan inside tastefully decorated with old photos of Lichfield on grey walls. Nicely furnishings with plenty of tables to choose from. The hot buffet we were given was very pleasant and the beer quality fine. The second Ember Inn I have been in so far, not really a beer destination chain, but a better option than a Punch Tavern etc, etc.“
BlackHaddock 1648 days ago
68 /100 8-10 SANDFORD STREET
“Pleasant pub with 8 real ales but the range is rather safe. Nothing new for me although they do sell Bathams.....beer was in good condition. Worth popping by if in the area. Current (2017) Lichfield, Sutton & Tamworth CAMRA pub of the year for their bit of Staffordshire.“
niquillis 1959 days ago
56 /100
Bowling Green (Restaurant)
FRIARY ROAD
“Pub/ restaurant oddly sited on a roundabout a pleasant 5 minute stroll from town through Festival Gardens (or an unpleasant 5 minutes along a busy road!). At the front are plenty of tables that catch the evening sun rather nicely but are a little blighted by traffic noise; at the back (accessed through the pub) there’s a small quiet patio overlooking the lawn bowls club from which it takes its name (and which is even more oddly sited within the roundabout!). Inside there’s comfy bar seating to the right, whilst the large, busy restaurant area is straight ahead (there’s also some bowling club memorabilia at the back). There’s two banks of 6 real ale handpumps, which generally repeated (although there was one ale different between them, so seven different ales on). Ales were Doom Bar, the house ale Ember Pale, plus 5 guest beers from the Ember Inns guest list (which I normally find a little more interesting than the Wetherspoons guest list) - condition seemed generally good. Bar service was swift & friendly, but the food service was a little slow (it was a busy Saturday night though, so I’ll cut them some slack on this). I always quite like the food at Ember Inns - a little step up from Wetherspoons but still decent value. Overall a good place to take your family for a meal with the bonus of having some decent ales on; not a beer destination in its own right, but certainly a decent (and more salubrious for families) alternative to the town Wetherspoons.“
wheresthepath 2196 days ago
76 /100 21 TAMWORTH STREET
“Really small pub in Lichfield. Selection of real ale and cider that appeared to be from smaller breweries. A few bottle were on display. I didn’t try the food just a packet of crisps. Worth a visit if you’re in Lichfield.“
Mr_Pink_152 2357 days ago
82 /100
Beerbohm (Bar)
19 TAMWORTH STREET,
“A few doors away from the Whippet Inn, this bar set across 2 floors has a continental feel with an extensive range of Belgian bottles, all served in matching glassware, Lichfield centre is becoming a great destination for beer drinking.“
RichTheVillan 2388 days ago
80 /100 21 TAMWORTH STREET
“Finally managed to get in here. The last two attempts have been too busy to get to the bar. On a wednesday early evening there were no problems. The two owners were very friendly and chatted with the punters. Very nice atmosphere. Four cask ales on offer from microbreweries far and wide. All in very good condition. Two ciders on cask also. There were a couple of bottles for sale too from other microbreweries. The price was very good also. I could easily while away the hours in here. Every beer was a tick, I had had both ciders however.“
SarkyNorthener 2588 days ago
70 /100 23/25 GREENHILL
“25th April 2015: large refurbished pub with a big beer garden. Back room taken over with barrels for a beer festival on our visit. Usual Joules range with 3 extra pubs and 20 gravity pour firkins in the back. Had a pleasant two hours drinking, worth finding without the festival going on.“
BlackHaddock 2659 days ago
70 /100 21 TAMWORTH STREET
“25th April 2015: very impressed with the place. Little corner micro pub with a pleasant and unusual selection of cask ales from small breweries you don’t see beers from very often unless you live near them. Clean, tidy and bright inside on our visit. Friendly staff and customers, hit it twice on the same day and got four new ’ticks’.“
BlackHaddock 2659 days ago
66 /100 BIRMINGHAM ROAD
“Split level open plan pub with 5 cask ales. Nothing unusual, London Pride, Holdens Golden Glow and Pedigree are house beers. 2 guests on my visit from nationals. Beer was in good order but not a place for a new tick.“
niquillis 2678 days ago
60 /100 23/25 GREENHILL
“Typical Joule’s pub. Pleasant and well furnished, usual Joule’s range plus 1 guest. I just wish Joules had more guest beers.“
niquillis 2679 days ago
70 /100 16-18 TAMWORTH STREET
“Decent quality spoons in the centre of Lichfield, 2 banks of cask. Served up a tremendous fish chips.“
RichTheVillan 2816 days ago
78 /100 23/25 GREENHILL
“A short walk from Lichfield’s 3 spire shopping centre. Very traditional boozer with a full range of Joules beers including their Keg Green Monkey. At the time of visit they had one guest cask. Very relaxing place to enjoy a drink.“
RichTheVillan 2816 days ago
68 /100 55 WADE STREET
“Pub and restaurant in the centre of Lichfield city centre 4 real ale casks along with euro lager kegs, modern interior, friendly staff, worth a visit if your in the area.“
RichTheVillan 2816 days ago
76 /100 21 TAMWORTH STREET
“Small micro pub in the centre of Lichfield city centre 4 real ale casks and 2 ciders, seats about 20 people, very welcoming staff. Homemade bar snacks occasionally on offer at the time a friend of mine had a scotch egg with black pudding, which he said was delightful. Beer well kept, didn’t notice any bottles. Dog friendly. Worth a visit if your in town.“
RichTheVillan 2816 days ago
62 /100 23/25 GREENHILL
“Joules pub. 400 year old pub in Lichfield with many old features. Three rooms and central bar serving two rooms. Six cask ales, four from Joules and two guests from local breweries. Car park to rear. Quiet when I visited but a nice old pub. No U18s allowed. Good place if you are looking for a quiet pint of joules beers.“
SarkyNorthener 3044 days ago
64 /100 16-18 TAMWORTH STREET
“In city centre, better than most spoons customer wise, but also a bit lifeless. Ten casks on offer. Nice looking and small joint.“
SarkyNorthener 3051 days ago
54 /100 16-18 TAMWORTH STREET
“It’s a spooners. Good selection but never enough staff on. So many better places to go for an ale in Lichfield than this.“
Bryn_Fowler 3376 days ago
66 /100 16-18 TAMWORTH STREET
“In the heart of the small city centre this can be a popular bar for families and drinkers alike. It’s fairly small but serves its purpose with a bar underneath the skylight which includes a suspended (but not open) walkway. Two sets of real ale pumps.“
ManVsBeer 3474 days ago
70 /100
Willow Court Wines (Beer Store)
12 WILLOW COURT
“Having driven past several times when travelling into Lichfield, I thought I’d park up and see what this place had to offer. It’s a small offie but they pack a lot in there - a huge array of wines and spirits, floor to ceiling. Tucked away in the far left corner next to the counter is a small but excellent range of German lagers. Some I didn’t recognise so not just the usual ’big six’ Munich braus. Some seasonal Christmas specials, too. I’ve only been once but this looks encouraging and I’ll be back to see how the small range changes over time. The ale range was generally predictable - Badger, Marstons, Wells, etc - but I did see a Windsor & Eton Conqueror too (haven’t tagged that one as I can’t remember which variety it was). Encouraging and great to see such quality in an area lacking many decent offies. One to watch...“
foxo82 3480 days ago