Visited on 3rd April 2017. Large, ornately decorated pub not far from Snow Hill station. Lovely interior with murals on the walls and loads of dark wood and glass. It’s quite a large pub and had plenty of seating options. Beer range featured quite a few macro casks plus a couple of interesting micros. Picked up a Black Wolf beer which was in good nick. Good prices. Staff friendly enough. Definitely one to check out for a pub enthusiast but for just a beer geek. Maybe a peek in but better in the city.
As previous reviews suggest, this pub has had a makeover and suffers for it. An emphasis is most definitely now on food, lots of tables for diners. My pint of Purity Pale Ale cost nearly four quid and good as it was, this is far too expensive. A pub that has had the character ripped out of it.
The pub was busy on my visit, staff were over attentative if anything, that would only be a problem if you were checking out all the beers like I was. 15 casks were on as part of a two week festival, good mix of beers I haven’t seen before.
The words people use to decline this bar is cleaned up. And thst is what it look like. An old pub that is fairly charming but seems to have had its character rubbed out. Everything has been painted over or polished over with brighter lights and a corporate ring. Stil has curtains and decent beer selection but it feels like it lost its unique soul. They had some siren bottles in the fridge. Staff didn’t care much.
Update Aug ’15 mark 60. Feels a little down at heel at present. Little buzz or push on the beer front We have visited this pub many times as it is very handy for Snow Hill Station. Large rangy pub with several rooms, as a Nicholson’s pub the beer always has some interest, particularly as the have around 7 had pumps going at any one time. Although it gets full of suits you can generally find somewhere to sit. The bar tends to get a bit over busy to park yourself there. They are a bit rapid in chucking you out at 11pm though, particularly if you are trying to while some time away for the last train. Overall a pretty decent pub. Update Aug ’13, mark 72. The pub has a good ambiance and the beer has certainly improved of late, if sticking to the Nicholson’s range, which is notably better these days. Gets better each time.
Traditional boozer great architecture the sweeping stairs are amazing and the toilets are definitely worth a visit, the selection isn’t amazing but well kept cask, only the occasional scope. Food menu is really good, check it out if in Brum.
Traditional English pub with nothing but English cask ales on tap. Nothing special on tap but it’s a good place for a decent selection of this type of beer. Good prices and nice service. Wouldn’t say it’s a mandatory stop but it’s a nice place to chill with a beer.
A few year back this large traditional boozer was on its last legs and we thought it would close forever. However Nicholsons made huge improvements inside and now its a superb place doing food and a great range of ales. Very handy for Snow Hill station opposite (there is a short cut ino the station through the multi storey car park).
An elegant and pleasant Nicholson’s pub with 12 hand pumps. The Old Contemptibles is in an elegant red brick building quite close to Snow Hill station. It’s nice inside too, with a high ceiling and an impressive cornice. There are red-fringed brass lampshades over the bar and behind it is a set of rather grand Grecian arches in dark wood with etched glass inserts. Over the arches are three modern paintings depicting soldiers from the 1914-1918 war in reference to the name of the pub. Apparently members of the regular army who survived the horrors in France and Flanders during the early stages of World War I dubbed themselves the “Old Contemptibles” following a derogatory (but possibly apocryphal) comment made about them by Kaiser Wilhelm. I also heard (from Dan’s friend Gurd) that Snow Hill was the station where soldiers from the Black Country disembarked after their time in the trenches and, naturally, sought out the nearest pub. This rings true as the pub is visible from the modern station concourse even today.
(Visited 5 July 2013).