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New Inn, Harborne

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Ventured into the New Inn one evening recently. As mappiman has pointed out, on entering at what appears to be the only entrance, there is a strange sign pointing you in the direction of the main bar. In a way this was a blessing as it forced you to the larger more open part of the pub rather than the smaller room. It just seemed a bit strange though.

On reaching this "main bar" there were 5 pumps, 2 were off at the time of my visit. Ales available were New Inn Ale, Ubu Purity and Enville Ale. I was tempted by the Enville but decided to chance the New Inn Ale instead - £3.30 for the pint. The ale was fine.

This has more of a traditional pubby feel to it than the Junction nearby, though food seems to be a big thing here too.

I noticed a shelf in the gents above the urinals, presumably for the purpose of resting one's pint on.
RealAleRobUK - 27 Nov 2015 17:57
Chosen as the starting point of a 4 pub crawl in Harborne.

May have peaked early.

Tiny front bar, with a sign asking to punters to go in the main bar. At least four real ales on and I went for an Ubu Purity, which was the best example of this brew that I have ever had.

Nice interior - main bar set out more for food - but a nice little drinking area in the small bar around a fire.

Recommended. Apart from the rather loud Robbie Williams swing album.

Some photos at bit.ly/1OLHiaR
Mappiman - 16 Nov 2015 16:58
Part of the bitters and twisted chain which includes the victoria and jekyll and hyde in brum tc. Very good pubs but this one had a slight gloomy feel to it. Quite expensive and more food orientated. Still a decent choice of ales
yamyampublover - 23 Oct 2015 22:17
An old Banks's/Marstons pub in a side street not far from the centre of Harborne. There appeared to be a private party for students in one part of the pub. But the front bar, despite being a little dark, was fairly cosy and welcoming. As the previous reviewer states, the beer range is now fairly good - Thornbridge Jaywick & Brock, Otley 09 Blonde & Wye Valley Dorothy Goodbody's Golden Ale. Far better than I was anticipating.
blue_scrumpy - 31 Dec 2013 20:09
Very disappointing. Rather dark and unwelcoming feel to the place. Too open and not cosy like it used to be. Beer range is interesting, but this is now a place to drop into once in a while for the odd pint rather than somewhere to spend a lengthy session. Sad.
scoobybooze - 16 Aug 2012 16:36
The steak was OK. Mine was only warm when it reached me.
The sauces were appalling - why can't blue cheese sauce be blue cheese?
The ambience was very unrelaxing with loud horrid music and irritating staff. Despite the number of staff hanging around, drinks were very slow to come. My pint glass was never full when it reached me.
The decor and furniture were of distinctly tacky taste.
Very disappointing all round. I would suggest a rethink.
bbn - 20 May 2012 12:16
Latest! Apparently now been sold, will be redeveloped (God help us) as more of a food-led operation, with the main lounge extended through into the tiny snug, thus destroying another bit of Harborne history. The bowling green, I am given to understand, will be retained. Other internal alterations are planned, but the wooden bar-back is safe because of its listed status.
scoobybooze - 9 Mar 2012 16:53
lovely boozer, hope it doesnt change
jerome_uk - 16 Jul 2011 02:08
As you were! The proposed sale to Peach Brewery pubco has apparently fallen through. No clue as to why. Future of pub uncertain, but it would obviously be sold as a popular going concern. I should think that the listed status of the carved bar-back in the public bar and the bowling green would give some degree of protection from over-enthusiastic developers. Let's hope so.
scoobybooze - 13 May 2011 11:41
As you were! The proposed sale to Peach Brewery pubco has apparently fallen through. No clue as to why. Future of pub uncertain, but it would obviously be sold as a popular going concern. I should think that the listed status of the carved bar-back in the public bar and the bowling green would give some degree of protection from over-enthusiastic developers. Let's hope so.
scoobybooze - 13 May 2011 11:41
Upto-the-minute news...the New Inn has apparently been sold to the Peach pubco, This company apparently specialises in upmarket gastro pubs. A quick look at their website confirms this, although they do seem to have a commitment to real ale, notably in this area from the Purity brewerey in Warwick. The New Inn bowlers are unhappy because it's planned apparently to turn the bowling green out the back into gardens. Watch this space!
scoobybooze - 10 Apr 2011 15:26
Popped in for a couple last night and was rewarded with two excellent pints of Ringwood Boondoggle. There is now a regular guest from either Ringwood or Jennings - daveinbrum must be pleased!
scoobybooze - 21 Nov 2010 17:08
Rather ordinary Marstons outlet, with nothing much to distinguish it. Not bad by any means and the Cockerhoop was in good condition, but as it's tucked away in a residential spot I would only use if passing or for a quick one if on the Harborne run. Seemed to be a friendly enough crowd though.
ILooklikeme - 31 May 2010 16:07
It was always a decent pub but seems to have got even better in the last couple of years - and one plus point of Martson's expansion is there's a good chance of getting a Ringwood or Jenning's guest now.
daveinbrum - 29 Nov 2009 18:44
A old Victorian back pub, no thrills which is a good thing, nice little snug and if your a local its a good pub to be close to.
andyaston - 16 Mar 2009 17:47
Tidy, traditional back street local. The little bars are quaint but if you get nervous in cramped space then you may find it a little intimidating. That said, the locals are friendly enough.
Oddball - 7 Mar 2008 11:38
Lovely interior and friendly staff. The Banks beer OK but a guest would have been nice.
gillhalfpint - 15 May 2007 10:14
I thought the Pedigree was superb, and the pub a minor treasure. This is typical of the feel you get in Black Country Banks gems, though this is Brum suburbia. A must.
mtaylor40 - 10 Dec 2006 12:20
Not bad at all, and all the better when compared to the chain pubs nearby. Nice traditional interior, three rooms as noted. I particularly liked the helpful finger posts, usefully pointing out such locations as "the bar" and "seating". Also as previously noted, it's mostly Banks's which normally isn't really my thing. But you can get a perfectly passable pint of Pedigree.
Muzthing - 25 Aug 2006 11:30
Not bad at all. Has three rooms, and two bars as it has kept its old fashioned interior (albeit I think it is extended somewhat). The snug is great. Banks's pub so the real ale is OK but no guest ales.
TellinStories - 21 Oct 2005 22:12

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