Driven past and worked near this pub on occasions for over 12 years now. Its only a 15 minute drive from my house. Yet never been until today. In one of the worst areas of Birmingham like an oasis. Beautiful interior. My visit was during middle of day and there were half a dozen CAMRA guys there. Beer was in top condition.
Wonderful traditional pub with amazing architecture and decor, Oakham ales on tap which are always on top form and good prices. To top it off there is a Thai restaurant serving top notch cuisine. Recently has the addition of Keg and the new manager is really enthusiastic about bringing more interesting beers along with tap takeovers.
Decent little traditional English pub with four Oakham ales on cask (at the time of visiting). The rest of the taps at boring macro stuff and some ciders. The adjoining Thai food restaurant is a nice touch. Service was very friendly and the prices are standard, maybe on the cheaper side. Decent place - worth a stop if in the area, but nothing mandatory.
Gorgeous place. As Blackhaddock says, you can almost imgaine what it would have been like at the turn of the 19th Century. Decent selection of handpump beers. The Thai food looked good, maybe next time.
I was there on a Telford and East Shropshire CAMRA outing, the place is a joy. The whole bus party were impressed from the first sight of the pub, inside it looks even better. After ordering my first pint I wondered round and loved it.
Well maintained (sensitively restored in some areas), you can imagine what drinking back in Victorian times must have been like.
All the beers I tried were excellant and the Thai food went down equally well.
A far distance from the city centre scene, but well worth finding if in Birmingham.
Idler (2) Wolverhampton, England | January 2, 2008
My wife and I visit this pub regularly. The Australian managers are charming. The beer list is exceptional, including Belgian beers and Trois Monts from France. The Oakham Ales are also good, and they have beer festivals twice a year or more. Authentic Thai food is lovely, and one of my friends thought his Thom Kha Gai was as good as he got it in Thailand. This place ticks all the right boxes. A pity it is in such a horrible area.
The reason this beautiful Victorian pub hasnt had a rating for 17 months is that it has very sadly really gone downhill. When I last went a few months ago in the Spring of 2005 it was such disappointment compared to the way it was just after the opening. Most of the taps were turned round so very little choice, the beer was not in good condition and the punters were the sort of people who couldnít care less what they drank and just fell in the place off the street.
DanielBrown (325) Birmingham (via Leicester), England | March 25, 2004| Updated July 20, 2012
This pub is absolutely beautiful, a real Victorian jewel, superbly restored last year, when Oakhams Ales purchased it. Has a large range of Belgian bottles, often including Westvleteren, and a rotating selection of the excellent Oakhams output. Suffers from its location - being in a slightly unsavoury area, 15 mins from the City Centre, hence itís very quiet in the week, but picks up at weekends, and the restaurant does very well. Really deserves to do well, and such is the pub scene in Brum, that itís already second only to the Anchor in my book. The landlord is great, and the building is worth seeing in itís own right. A must see on any visit to Birmingham.