5 Hurst Street
(0121) 622 5080.
Mon-Sat 11-midnight (2am Thu-Sat), Sun 12-midnight
This pub used to be popular with the theatre across the road, but has since become part of the Arcadian beer circuit.
Inside it still retains its Victorian air with high ceilings and frescos. However, the walls have been covered with paper and pictures/posters of performers at the theatre. On one wall you can see how the Victorians liked their pornography.
There are two bars, though one central bar. The saloon is bare floored (recently sanded) with stool seating at high tables by the windows and a secluded booth towards the rear near the TV - though there is a roof support right where it's most inconvenient. The bar has an over mantle for glasses and the like.
The lounge bar has a raised seating area, though there is seating at ground level too. Benches and chairs predominate here. There is also a glitter ball with some history, or so the poster says. TV's here too and when there is sport on, you cant escape. However, it's not your typical sports pub.
Famed for having a Christmas meal and celebrations in the middle of August?!
There are usually some shoddy major's beers on, but also a couple of guests, though go near end of week to try them, B&T Dragonslayer and Weltons Bloody Bosworth Battle were on this time. The atmosphere is friendly, though you need to remind staff to fill your pint up to the top. Guest ales at keen prices too.
Food is served 12-7.30pm plus Sunday roast. It is wholesome but unadventurous and keenly priced.
Beer garden in summer is pavement seating.
Access for the disabled is good with disabled toilet too.
Handy for the Chinese quarter and the cinema plus the Glee Club for comedy.
Worth a visit as it's only a short walk from the BR station.
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