The Lamp Tavern
157 Barford Street
(0121) 688 1220.
Open all day
The Lamp Tavern
When I made my first visit to this pub 25 years ago it was a Sunday evening at 7pm. The place looked shut and I was about to go home when a voice from behind me said, "knock three times". I did and the door was opened?! Apparently they opened when they liked.
The Lamp has come a long way since then and is now a well run place that is usually busy most of the time.
The bar is a small affair, if people sit on the centre of the room side of the tables and there is someone standing at the bar, you have to squeeze between them. This makes for a bijou atmosphere at busy times. You walk off the street into what feels like someone's front room they've turned into a pub. The bar goes all the way down the left hand wall and reminds you of a club. The button back bench seats are comfortable and the atmosphere is pleasant. On the walls are pictures of old Birmingham and its a case of spot the demolished part.
It is a friendly pub with its own brewery on the roof - Rock & Roll. They usually have two of their ales on the bar plus Stanway Stanney Bitter and a guest or two.
This place was voted best pub of the year by Birmingham CAMRA in 1994/5 and its not until you go back to the second bar/room round by the toilets that you realise why. This is a sumptuous room , all velvet and flock wallpaper - very heavy.
There's no accommodation here but its not far from New St. or Moor St. stations.
Head for the Wholesale Market and Barford Street is just behind it.
Lamp is OK for a few drinks.
None as yet.
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Rock & Roll ales
Stanway Stanney Bitter
plus up to 2 guests
25 Bennetts Hill
0121 634 8100