In a fairly nondescript area less than 10 minutes walk south-east of the Arcadian complex, this tiny pub with a very home-like fixtures and fittings was full of Irish people having a drink on a Monday afternoon (although it was the day after the city’s St Patrick’s Day Parade) - indeed if the pub didn’t have a sign you’d think this was someone’s home! It’s a quaint affair in the front room, which is as far as I got, although I believe there’s a room at the back. The bar occupies most of the side wall where the entrance is situated, and most of the seats are against the other side wall. The ale range was decent enough for a pub of this size, and there were several options of local or nationwide microbrews.
Like entering a time warp, very much a local’s pub, like the free food on offer. Interesting beer choice, quality a bit variable to be kind, but very friendly and worth an occasional visit. Brewery has now moved out.
Great brewpub, I can only echo other reviewers points of it like sitting in someones front room, very welcoming and relaxing.
On the day of visit they even has a tray of pork pies, boiled eggs and black pudding to eat free of charge.
Funny little place in a light industrial area with a somewhat run down feel - the area, not the pub. Homely and unpretentious. Not doing much of a trade when we visited on a weekday lunchtime. The long-serving landlord provided a warm welcome. Half a dozen handpumps with one or two from the on-site Rock & Roll Brewhouse. These tend to change frequently and they are hard to find anywhere else - extra selection marks for that - so this place is well worth a quick stop on a regular basis.
While not a massive selection of beers, they are generally from interesting micros aswell as their own Rock & Roll beers. The pub is like stepping back into the 80s (or earlier!) and has a great atmosphere with friendly staff and customers.
A nice little pub a short way out of the city centre in what seems like an industrial wasteland. It doesn’t look too promising from the outside but it has a small main room which is really homely and pleasant plus the Lillie Langtry room at the back, which looks like a music venue. They have six or seven hand pumps and had two of their own beers on tap when we visited. The landlord, who was sitting at the bar reading a newspaper, was very friendly and welcoming.
(Visited 1 April 2014).
A proper pub beyond Birmingham Market area but close enough to Hurst street and The Second City Suite where Birmingham Beer Festival is held. Eddie runs a tight ship and it’s good to see him back to rude health. The beer is always well kept in here, it’s like sitting someone’s front parlour, warm and chatty. The TV appears to be always on though, not keen on that, but it still remains worth the treck through the industrial wasteland, particularly if grouped together with a trip to The Anchor and remains the only place to get Rock & Roll Brewhouse beers that I’ve seen.
Absolutely lovely place. My most recent visit was last week and my heart was thoroughly warmed by the fact that it was so unchanged. Great traditional decor, friendly customers and staff and a very well kept range of about 5 real ales. Great venue.