37 Bennetts Hill
0121 200 3115.
Mon-Sat 10-11, Sun 12-10.30
This is Birmingham's latest real ale pub and is a sure-fire winner.
It has served 300 guest ales in three months and had its first beer festival in March 2005.
Run by the ever popular Nigel Barker who ran excellent pubs like the Bartons Arms and The Stag in Bloxwich.
It used to be a cafe bar, but has returned to its former glory as a pub. Recently refurbished it now has a single bar which is through two doors. You enter into a world of dark wood and deep carpet with the bar in front of you. On it you will find three Black Country Ales and 12 guests every day. These all change regularly and are about £2.90 a pint - not bad given the budget this year. They are all served without sparkler and are in very good condition.
For the non-beer drinker there is fruit wine, real cider or bottled foreign beers.
Due to lack of kitchen space there is no food at present which is a shame as Nigel was well known for cheap good quality food elsewhere. However, the policy at present is to allow you to bring your own food in from either Sainsbury's or Tesco's or a takeaway and they will provide the plates and cutlery should you require it.
The pub itself is a little on the small side and they have rather over stuffed it with tables and chairs to the left of the bar. Tables are a mixture of round and square ones with chairs.
To the right of the bar is a large pillar which has tall stools round it and another seating area at the front of the pub. Toilets are available, but no accommodation. For the latter see the Briar Rose - Wetherspoon 100 meters down the road.
Access for the disabled is not possible either due to steps - it shares its access with another building.
Outstanding venue for all real ale buffs.so many beers to choose from, makes you feel like a child in a sweet shop. Owner and staff very friendly. (Bill Hardeman - 29/8/05)
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