This yearís March Wetherspoons beer festival was a bore festival. Unlike previous years, poor selection and limited variety (at least at Wetherspoons in central Birmingham). Even when a reasonable number of beers, high percentage of bog standard bitters, and very few of promised dark beers in programme (biut strangely large number of red beers). Walked in and straight out of a few bars as boring selection. Ironically, bar with best selection - Square Peg- was worst for service. Not enough staff on, and seemed unable to serve in order (I have worked behind a bar and itís not rocket science).
Fin (1086) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | January 4, 2016
I visited The Square Peg on Monday 4th January 2016. For orientation purposes the pub is a very large corner pub on Corporation Street. It sits almost exactly halfway between Moor Street and Snow Hill Railway stations, probably 3-4 minutes between each and only a minute or two longer and you would reach New Street Railway station also.
I have to say I have never been in here before and in fact havenít really ever noticed it, surprising really as it is absolutely huge. I decided to have a veggie breakfast and a sparkling water its a bit too early for beer just yet. As I was asked my table number I noticed it was 215 whether there can possibly be that many tables in here I donít know but there is an awful lot. Reading the blurb on the tables it claims to have the longest bar in Birmingham at 85ft long and the largest selection of real ale in the city, to be fair there was a lot of handpumps.
Perhaps it was the time of day that I chose or maybe I being brought up on on a rough council estate, but I certainly didnít find this a rough or particularly down at heel JDW. But it did suffer from the usual JDW issues i.e. carpets of dubious cleanliness everywhere and a very dark and gloomy lighting, I felt that I was eating my breakfast in the Bat Cave.
The beer choice wasnít exciting but I saw at least 3 that Iíd not had before, I would pop my head in here again, though finding the door was problematic, I went to two doors before the third one actually let me in the place. Itís fine.
Visited early on 27th June 2015. Large open plan, long roomed Wetherspoons. Bar to the left on entering, kitchen doors, toilets and extra seating to the right. Tired dťcor with purple the main stand out colour: posters, pictures and a damp floral carpet complete the appearance. 15 Cask ales on my day, two Cask ciders and the usual keg fonts and bottles youíd expect in a Spoons. Staff friendly and smiley, customers rough and ready if a little old in general (it was lunchtime-ish). Needs some re-investment for a face lift. beer quality fine.
Brums first Spooneria. I remember coming here on opening day, circa March/April 1995, Scotch Bitter 59p a pint, old men saving their heating bills and handing over coppers to purchase a pint and nurse it home over 2 hours - it hasnít changed that much ;). Have popped in on many occasions over the years but the recent opening of better quality, both in selection and ambiance, beer bars in central Brum have resulted in my visits here drying up.
Rough city centre spoons, the only place Iíve been unfortunate enough to witness someone being glassed in a pub!
Usual spoon house and guest beers, dubious clientele not one to go to unless youíre on a hardcore pub crawl of Brum, HARD being the operative word!
A huge Wetherspoon pub that runs the length of the block on Corporation Street. It can be a little difficult to find the door (tip: itís in the centre). Once we found it we were greeted by a polite bouncer who asked "a table for two?" before pointing us in the direction of the long narrow-ish area on the left. The main eating area is separate and at one end. Itís OK as íSpoons go but I got the impression that it probably caters largely to lager boys and that the presence of craft beers is incidental. Having said that, there was a reasonable choice.
(Last visited 1 April 2014).
Ehh do not know how to rate this one.
By far the biggest pub I found in Brum. Also a really big selection of different ales.
Felt it was more like a party restaurant.
ManVsBeer (1835) Hebden Bridge, England | January 29, 2013| Updated May 29, 2014
One of the lesser of many Wetherspoon pubs in Birmingham city centre due to its location, lack of warmth in its decor (more down to the building than the furniture which is very traditional Spoon). It attracts a city centre crowd typically looking for a cheap drink, and of course they can get that here. The large glass windows at the front allow for a great view of the concrete shopping complex across the road. A choice of real ales is usually the best draw.
Typical lower end Weatherspoons in Birmingham city centre. A lot of real ales for £1.99 a pint. The staff were very attentative. However my first selection of beer was not available despite the pump showing as available so I settled for my second choice of Ostlers Summer Pale Ale. Some heavy drinkers were present as per usual in here.