Nowhere near as good now that they no longer have Deuchars on tap.
Fin (1162) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 22, 2017
We (me and Barry) visited here on Sunday 2nd April 2017. The Shakespeare is a good looking Victorian pub that is a stones throw from New Street Station and pretty much slap bang in the centre of Birmingham.
The weather was decent so we sat outside with a coffee, being so central and near the station it offers a great opportunity to sit back and people watch. Of course I did also go inside and whilst it retains some historical features, refurbishments have clearly altered it, still its quite nice inside with plenty of seating. The bar is off to the right and there were some stairs off to the left so perhaps there is also an upstairs. Service was a little slow not helped by having just one staff member on and me then ordering coffees. The person next to me clearly had a drink problem, he reeked of alcohol and looked distinctly unimpressed that my coffees had now cost him precious minutes in getting his next beer.
The beer choice looked ok but by Nicholsons standards It wasn’t anywhere close to two of the chain that I occasionally frequent in Oxford. The chap outside seemed socially a little inept, a bit awkward, particularly when telling the barman that he was off to see his girlfriend in Coventry for a few days having travelled from Derby, I was stood beside at the bar but he then came outside and he recounted this to me and Barry. I quite enjoyed it here but particularly the people watching aspect.
Visited on 9th October 2016. Single roomed Nicholsons venue and probably the closest pub to New St station, nice interior which retains a lot of the old, Victorian features. Beer range a little disappointing on my visit with only half the handpumps having a beer on and the range being a little disappointing, service a little slow, fairly pricey too, not sure I’d rush back with much better venues in the locality.
A modern looking yuppie boozer in the heart of the city that still retains some of its Victorian heritage. Like all Nicholsons pubs it had a decent, well kept, cask selection. Not a huge interior but there is a small summer time outside patio too. Decent wifi and good service. I’m not sure why I don’t spend more time in here!
Not to be confused with the other Nicholson’s Shakespeare, this is very close to New Street Railway Station, which is why we were in here on 17th Sep 2014. Having spent a few hours and loads of money in the PoohDog place a few yards away: my wife and I extracted ourselves from the ’crowd’ and made our way here before the train journey home. What a lovely place, old world type comfort with a victorian feel and ambiance. Fairly quiet, so we could sit where we wanted. Outside smokers filled the seats and air. Pleasant staff and a good selection of Real Ales, nothing unusual for Birmingham, but a good choice non the less. My pint of Purity Mad Goose was in great condition. I have seen and walked passed this pub many times over many years, I will endeavour to pop my head in next time I am in England’s second city and have another pint or three.
One of two Nicholson’s pubs in Birmingham called the Shakespeare, this one is in the city centre just off New Street and it has eight hand pumps. It’s a nice traditional place with some of the old wall tiling remaining and there’s a patio on the steeply sloping street outside.
(Visited 8 July 2013).
Opulent Victorian (but heavily refurbished) pub. Smooth jazz piped in. Only a few of the many taps were operational when I visited (mind you this was 10.30 am on a Saturday). Holt Mild and Andwells Golden IPA on among others. Commendable cider selection.