Once again a Wetherspoon came to our rescue when we were looking for food during a short stop between trains in Birmingham. We got what we wanted, a rather delicious Lamb Shank and a couple of beers from a range of ten cask ales. Polite service and clean toilets. A typical JDW close to the New Street train station and to our next beer destination being Wellington. (Visited with Finn 21.09.2016).
Visited on a Wednesday night in October 2015. Quite a large Spoons with hotel, made use of the accommodation which was decent. Long bar on the left had a reasonable guest beer range on, both beers I tried were decent and cheap. Decor is pretty good, wasn’t too busy when we visited. It’s a handy spot to have a sneaky peek in on the way to the Wellington. Not a got to beer destination but a decent Spoons.
I stayed at the hotel attached to this place, which was perfectly adequate and good value for money. It was very noisy, as you’d expect given its central location. And both driving and parking in the city center were very difficult, especially with all the road closures and diversions from construction and rugby. The bar itself is a standard Spoons. Six guest casks from other regions, not too much local. I am running out of different things to say about these Weatherspoons places.
Old review from 2011. Pretty standard JDW a block from The Wellington. Nothing overly interesting at the time, but the beer is cheap and food is decently priced. Might be able to get a few new ticks here if nothing else.
Mid size Spooneria, centrally located just off New Street, the Briar Rose was the 2nd Spoons to open in Central Brummigen after the Square Peg.
Typical spooneria, darkish (just natural light at the front) but decent enough decor, I’ve always felt it to be a step up from it’s older brother the peg (only pub I’ve ever been unfortunate enough to witness someone being glassed in the face !!! about 19 year ago mind).
Usual range of house JDW dull cask, plus guests, slightly better clientele than the Peg.
Also a Wetherlodge upstairs which I’ve employed in the past.
Post Office Vaults and the Wellington are very close, which would probably be your first port of calls if on a limited time budget, but the Briar Rose can be useful for a tick or two.
A large, quite elegant art deco style Wetherspoon pub in the city centre. The front windows open out fully, which can be quite pleasant on a hot day. We didn’t find any new beers amongst the 8 or 10 taps but the selection was reasonable enough.
(Visited 8 July 2013).
jjsint (598) Cambridge, England | August 18, 2013| Updated October 3, 2013
Better than average for JDW. Holds its own around the beer heaven that is Birmingham City Centre. Staff handle large crowds impeccably (City and WBA were playing at home the day I went, plus cricket on at Edgbaston). Not many real ales on but a good choice of foreign taps & bottles.