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Had a quick one in here on Saturday as part of a Jewellery Quarter crawl. Packed to the gunwhales, but as always a good experience.
scoobybooze - 9 May 2017 16:49
FANTASTIC PUB! We visited 12 pubs on our trip to Birmingham and we the only problem with this pub is it caused an argument between us if it was better than the old post office vaults! Can't vault this place at all- ten out of ten!
sammybuck78 - 28 Mar 2015 16:45
Retreated to the Lord Clifden after finding the Drop Forge closed yesterday. It wasn't quite as good as I remembered it. I recalled having a real cider here on my last visit and a brief look down at my last review shows that my memory is not failing me just yet. When asked it they served real cider, I got a little bit of a confused look and the full list of fizzy keg and bottle options was reeled off. I opted for an ale instead. All 4 ales were similar in style - Summerskills Westward Ho!, Wye Valley HPA, Urban Ales Vicious Ale & Malmesbury Burnivale Hop. I still like the pub itself. But the ale and cider range appears to have gone downhill.
blue_scrumpy - 3 Nov 2014 17:54
Great boozer with 4 Real Ales on the go and DJ Sam playing jazz funk/soul until the wee hours - well worth a visit.
kernott1 - 6 Apr 2014 21:10
Still cranking out top beer/food/music and the sun is out too so get down to the secret garden!!!!!
brianthelion - 4 Jun 2013 16:23
Nice pub. Salopian Oracle & Inquisition, Kelham Island Back to Black and Wentworth Lemonale available. Popular even late afternoon.
paul_d102 - 29 Sep 2012 22:37
Had heard good things about this pub and was looking forward to visiting during a Jewellery quarter crawl, on entering the pub couldn't help but be impressed with the decor and 'tardis' like look and feel of the place, however after a patient 5 minute wait at the bar to be served my female companion was basically ignored by the barman while he served a regular who ignorantly jumped the queue. We left without ordering so cannot comment on quality of beer, we later visited the 'sister' pub The Red Lion and were charged a staggering £3.70 for a pint of Bathams Bitter.
Although these pubs have been nicely refurbished and offer a good range of beers they seem to have been set up to cash in on the coffee sipping wine slurping yuppie brigade that are moving en masse into the Jewellery Quarter. Will not be visiting either of these pubs again.
tronifer - 22 Jul 2012 11:34
Wonderful pub which was the crowning glory of my trip to the Jewellery Quarter. Had a great meal and the beer was spot on. Fantastic garden to enjoy the heatwave too. Brilliant
bellyofbeer - 29 May 2012 14:42
Consistent and reliable for both food and beers and anything else you like really. Tardis like inside with large garden which the frontage does not suggest. Well worth trying.
brianthelion - 29 Mar 2012 16:16
Visited Thursday with Uncle Fester, had range of beers and blonde beers and HerefordHPA too. Stuck with the Moorland Original - lovely pint.
Stayed outside, impressed with the "star trek" warmers in the beer garden. Brilliant atmousphere, and good organisation, friendly staff.
off_down_the_farmers - 25 Feb 2012 14:40
I do like Harvest Pale - its about time Uncle Fester took me for another brew...
off_down_the_farmers - 15 Jan 2012 18:56
Unassuming from the outside, this place is a little gem. There are two bars - a smaller front bar and a much larger and comfortable lounge at the rear, where most of the beers are poured from. Both rooms are fairly modern in style. Although the front room is slightly more traditional. Castle Rock Harvest Pale, Wye Valley HPA, Church End Cracker & Salopian Sleigh Rider were all on today, plus there was also a polycask containing Moles Black Rat cider in the room at the rear. Sky Sports News was showing on the TVs. Whilst the rear room was packed, we were the first to settle in the front room. There were plenty of bar staff, ensuring quick service. I'm sure I will return someday.
blue_scrumpy - 14 Jan 2012 22:22
2nd stop on JQ crawl. The Art Bar tag almost put me off bothering, which would have been a shame as it's a great pub, making a good attempt to be all things to all people. Even late afternoon it was very busy, with lots of folks eating. We tried both of the UAB beers which were good, and there were a couple of other ales on as well.
bike2beer - 31 Dec 2011 15:38
The first thing you notice on entering is the smell of roast dinners....flipping marvellous and looking at what`s served probably tastes as good as it smells! Nicely done out, comfy, subdued lighting, lively atmosphere, good beers, all round quality boozer - must visit
Blastbeat - 7 Nov 2011 10:41
Expensive..couldn't move and waited forever to be served..they seemed to serve everyone they knew before those they didn't ...went up the road and had a better night!
CatherineElizabeth - 28 Sep 2011 14:24
Looks frightening from the exterior and surrounding buildings but very nicely done inside! Interesting mix of art work, though possibly only because its fashionable at the moment, not sure how long it will last.
Real ales very nicely looked after though not as an impressive range as i'd heard, 2 standard and 1 guest. We stopped to have something to eat but in the end didn't bother as it looked like a nightmare trying to get a seat anywhere, seemingly lots of people just sitting around chatting, not many of them drinking anything by the looks of it. Food looked good though.
Overall nice place, great beer garden outside, can imagine would be busy if we had any good weather!
Cask_Lover82 - 20 Jun 2011 18:21
Great little pub in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter. I've drank in here a number of times and have been satisfyed every time.

The range of Real Ales was a bit disappointing: about 3 or 4 and 2 of those were commercial (Bathams and Wye Valley HPA), but they were good quality and served well and were a reasonable price. There is however a good range of draft lagers and bottled beers should that take your fancy. The staff there were friendly and occasionally stopped to talk between serving which was a nice touch.

The lounge area has always been busy when I've been and I've not been able to sit there, but the bar room is quite traditional and features a dart board and TV if sport is your thing. The toilets are also spotless.

The whole place is marred slightly by its pretentious trendy "Urban Art Bar" decor, which sits out of place with an otherwise traditional boozer. And a word of warning to people - unless you are entering, avoid going on a Quiz Night (Thursdays I think) as you probably wont get a seat and the speaker system is on way too loud to have a conversation with anyone. It is also worth noting that it is a bit further from the Midland Metro stop than the signs would have you believe, but this isn't really the pub's fault.
CitizenWolfie - 21 Jan 2011 18:05
1st pub on Weekend pub crawl. Great food (recommend the burgers) and good selection of beers including Wye Valley - HPA, Enville - Ginger Ale, Salopian - Sienna & Freedom UAB Lager. Great artwork on the walls and decent patio garden.
Beer_Spotter - 21 Dec 2010 23:57
Changed some of the Beers around and still selling fantastic Tastees.
blackandamber - 26 Nov 2010 10:35
Ignore the area, go in this pub, good beer and food, relaxed atmosphere. large beer garden with outside bar mostly covered with table tennis at the bottom of the garden. Great place to relax.
rpf1955 - 23 Jul 2010 14:31
Better on the inside than it appears from the outside. A few beers on offer. Went for the Urban bitter which was pleasant enough. The bar area very much a blokes watching the footy kind of place and felt pretty pub (as opposed to trendy bar) like. Worth a visit if in the vicinity.
anonymous - 28 Dec 2009 12:32
Trendy UAB place that is nevertheless still a pub and does good ale. A bar room and a long, opened out rear lounge (accessed by a side corridor) are served by a central bar, which I presume was always the pub's layout. However the ambience is very modern, with lots of modern art, plasma screens (it's good for sport) and other kitsch stuff thrown in, particulary in the back. The bar has the same but to a lesser degree and is more pubby. Good to see a place busy on a Saturday afternoon though, and there did seem to be regulars as opposed to this being a circuit place. Wye Valley HPA was good on my visit and at £2.25 was cheap for this kind of place. The two other ales available were UAB's own brews which looked rather garish so I didn't try. Batham's must've run out again!
It's not bad at all really but a bit modern for my tastes, and I prefer it's sister pub the Red Lion around the corner, which has a more traditional ambience. i'd definitely call in again though.
Carlurmston - 23 Nov 2009 14:08
The Lord Clifden is a great pub. The only problem is that it keeps running out of Bathams!
The Lord Clifden also sells Tastees, the best snack ever.
blackandamber - 17 Nov 2009 22:40
Returning to the Lord Clifden again, it was typically busy on a Saturday night (with an increasingly young clientèle) and indeed hard to find a seat anywhere. We were disappointed to find no evidence of the 'brew pub' rumoured to be being set up, with Wye Valley HPA and Bathams Bitter being the only real ale choices available then.

The HPA is already quite widely available in Birmingham City Centre's modest array of Real Ale pubs, and we felt something slightly more adventurous would have been nice. As regards the Bathams, this was of only average quality, well below what we are used to drinking elsewhere.

I know that this will be a contentious point, as it has been mentioned here before that the landlord prides himself on the quality of the Bathams Bitter. Well, it simply is not anywhere near the quality to be found closer to its Black Country roots. We drink it every one to two weeks over there, and have never found the Lord Clifden to keep it especially well. It's OK, and far better than the nearby dreadful Church Inn used to keep it, but it will disappoint those who have drunk it elsewhere.

Anyone doubting this claim should head for the Great Western (under Wolverhampton Station) or The Britannia (in Upper Gornal), which will settle the matter once and for all.

So overall, still a pub we like but needing to keep its eye on beer range & quality whilst riding the wave of it success as an urban art pub.
Roy22 - 28 Oct 2009 18:54
I visited yesterday with 3 friends before the Moseley match and can safely say it's the best pub we've been in before ANY Rugby match we've travelled to. Wye Valley HPA and Bathams Best are always on we were informed by Liam, the friendly and attentive Barman as well as 2 Guests which were Holdens Golden Glow and Skinners St. Pirans.Each of the 4 Ales on offer were of the highest order with HPA marginally the best. For other drinkers there are numerous bottles and Lagers inc. Peroni on Tap. We ate here as well as the Menu was varied & inviting. We weren't disappointed as HUGE portions arrived in good time AND ALL COOKED FROM FRESH!! All meals were VERY tasty indeed. Fantastic place. What more can I say - 10/10
dotball - 11 Oct 2009 13:21
Everyone I bring to this pub for first time just loves it straight off, from my girlfriend to my mates of all different ages and tastes in booze. They moan all the way on the 10 plus minute walk from the town centre, but this soon stops when soaking in this pubs atmosphere, enjoying the Bathams or even playing table tennis/football in the best beer garden in or around the City Centre. Was here last saturday enjoying numerous pints of Bathams and a burger from the BBQ, thought it was pricey at £4.50 but it was an awesome burger and I didnt mind as it was at the clifden. Will be back saturday nite if all goes to plan on my pub crawl, cheers
seaman_max - 1 Oct 2009 12:27
Great pints of Bathams as usual. But why oh why have the quiz blaring out at full volumne in the front bar on a Thursday interupting everyones conversation when there is no-one in there interested in the Quiz. Please leave the font bar for sporting events and quiet conversaion!
stevane - 11 Sep 2009 15:09
Great Pub - I love it, have done on my three visits, BUT GET rid of that bloody bird trying to play music - desperate, disjointed, and to think I love black music of all genres I did not think it could be presented so poorly, Thank god its not fridays - AVOID
Davelatzio - 5 Aug 2009 11:16
Was in there last week,can't believe this is here in Hockley.
Great pub,try it if in the area.
wessex - 3 Aug 2009 19:53
I brought the in-laws in here for a meal on Saturday after a disappointing Blues match. The food was absolutely delicious and the beer, as ever, was brilliant.

We left feeling very satisfied!
generalstaal - 23 Mar 2009 17:54
Went in here for the first time on Saturday to while away some time whilst the missus went looking for sparkly things in the jewellery quarter – have to say I was very impressed. Makes an excellent job of being a funky bar with good beers (can’t be many of them around!), good contrast between the (friendly) footie atmos in the front bar and the more food orientated back area. Nicely done out courtyard area as well. Bathams was spot on when I visited. I’m already a fan of the place and will be making the effort to get out there more often.
NellyP_Brum - 15 Mar 2009 18:47
Possibly a bit fancier than it needed to be after the new refurb, but its very comfortable, Bathams Bitter and HPA generally always on, fresh doorstop butties are under £3, there is a lot too be said for this place.
Klaude_Martner - 2 Mar 2009 16:47
Decent pint of Batham's which in Birmingham is a reason enough to visit. Friendly and more spacious than you might think after a tasteful refurb. The brunch/sandwich menus is ordinary but cheap enough. Good outside area.
Richard49 - 1 Mar 2009 20:47
I feel a little disappointed with UAB after my experiences last Friday lunchtime. I walked from town to The Red Lion to treat the wife to a spot of lunch and a pint and was excitedly looking forward to it after a recent very successful visit. Unfortunately there had been a power cut and consequently it would take at least 40 minutes for food.

Not to worry, we diverted to The Lord Clifden. Further disappointment ensued, a very limited menu of sandwiches and baked potatoes. What happened to the sausages, burgers, paninis etc. described by the landlord in his blurb (above)? Is it because they were operating a Xmas menu available only to those who had ordered in advance?

Anyway, one sandwich arrived and the bargirl apologised that the chef had done the panini as a sandwich so it would be a couple of minutes to rectify. 10 minutes later the sausage and bacon panini arrived without the bacon. The fries were awful and not worth the effort to eat. Why weren't they like the fresh, golden crispy things I'd experienced at The Red Lion not so long ago.

And what's all this about having to pay "just £1" to pay by creditcard.

What's going on, UAB? I guess I can't blame you for the powercut but so many disappointments in such a short space of time?
thegiant - 16 Dec 2008 23:22
Spent a lot of Friday nite ere, awesome time
Pub was quieter than any other visit but that didnt matter, we left at 11ish as was starting to get busier. Will stay later on next visit

Bathams was spot on again and again. HPA very refreshing and service/banter with staff was quality. Im def not a regular but have been made to feel welcome by all staff and regulars who also help make this pub awesome.

seaman_max - 15 Dec 2008 10:04
I have lived in an apartment right opposite The Clifden since June this year. I LOVE THIS PLACE! I am pleasantly surprised that Graham has not been served with a noise abatement notice my the residents of my building, resulting in the demise of other character pubs such as the Spotted Dog in Digbeth. The Clifden isn't just your ordinary local 'old man' pub - it has a real neighbourhood feel. Most of the people that seem to come here are in their 20s, 30s and 40s - although it's still not the wrong place for someone older!

It really is hard to put my finger on what makes this pub so great. The beer garden really is a hidden gem, with that red postbox and old Post Office sign enticing your curiosity about the Jewellery Quarter's past. A few more outdoor heaters wouldn't go amiss now that winter is coming though, Graham! ;-)

The food here is great - huge portions, well cooked, better than you might expect if you walked past and saw this place from the outside.

If sport is on, or at lunch time, or on Friday and Saturday nights, this place is heaving. One of the things I love so much about this place is the eclectic music - if nobody is controlling the jukebox, you'll hear anything from Elvis to a range of motown, to the Chili Peppers... right the way over to NeYo!

It also isn't the kind of locals pub that feels unwelcoming. The first time I went in there, Tommy the bartender and Graham, the owner, chatted to me. I met people from my building too. It really is a friendly place!

If you're visiting the Jewellery Quarter, or you've just moved in, head straight to the Clifden! I can promise you, it will be your new favourite place!
sparklepop - 14 Nov 2008 10:23
I always make a point of visiting this pub when I'm in the Birmingham area - even if It'm changing trains from New street to Snow Hill. The selection of ales on tap are great and well kept. The HPA is my personal favoutite but I also love the German wheat beers so I was really impressed then they had Maisell's weisse hefe weizen in bottles as it's my favourite German beer from Bayreuth, Paulaner is also on tap. I've eaten there a few times and would highly recommend the food - especially the ribeye steak when the chef has it in. Finally I'd like to say that the refurbishment has totaly transformed the pub, I certainly don't miss the Fagnolia stained walls and my feet sticking to the threadbare carpet and the art on the exposed brick wall adds to the Andy Warhol factory feel. Top Boozer
Flashaahaah - 3 Nov 2008 13:30
This is a very 'cool' pub. Does some very nice beer and has a relaxed atmosphere. I would like to return to drink again. However, it is very 'trendy' and upmarket. It is not a 'pubby' pub - if that makes sense.
generalstaal - 2 Nov 2008 14:29
I really liked it, although I was the only custtom I enjoyed a very decent Hobsons in a mini-art gallery. Better than the chain pubs half a mile to the east !
mtaylor40 - 16 Oct 2008 20:52
Can I just say with the fiery courage that is available when using a nickname that I preferred this pub before the re-furb? WIth no concession to proof or even accuracy the impression I get is that if the management can't get a pub in Moseley, then Moseley must come to them. Very welcoming and to the new Hockey-ites in their nearby lofts and penthouses - a new emphasis to the description Jewellery Quater perhaps? - with prices to match. But for all of the contemporary Sunday supplement additions of which you happy while away a pint just looking at, something of the pub-of-the-people atmosphere and charm of previous has been lost. But then that's a personal bugbear of mine and this is by no means a bad pub which still knows how to serve a decent pint, and I'll very rarely pass it without popping in. Points for professionalism.
ILooklikeme - 5 Oct 2008 11:03
Yes, found The Red Lion now but it seems to be one of those "invisible bars" as it does not appear in lists of "pubs nearby". It is also not listed as "Jewellery Quarter".
thegiant - 27 Sep 2008 08:48
The red lion is on BITE ..
uab1 - 26 Sep 2008 23:05
Cracking review in the birmingham mail ...
what a pun, It doesn't get much better than this .....
It was a joy to read...

uab1 - 26 Sep 2008 23:04
Well done with The Red Lion! Cracking little pub in The Jewellery Quarter. Like what UAB are doing around here, just the sort of places the JQ needs. Need to get The Red Lion added to BITE.
thegiant - 26 Sep 2008 15:53
National recognition for the Lord Clifden, the pub was featured in last Saturday's Guardian, fantastic news.
Meena - 17 Sep 2008 20:19
Visited for the first time at the weekend - a very welcome addition to the Brum pub scene. Great beer and surroundings and the food looked good (I'll be back to sample at some point). Was lively without being too busy, which hopefully is how it will stay although I'm sure the owners will never say no to more customers!
daveinbrum - 11 Aug 2008 12:35
Second visit for me now and I still say what a really nice pub this is. I ventured in to the main bar today where the must of been 20 or so locals from many walks of life. Found the computer and at time of visit someone was using to view this very site. The beer was Purity 'Gold', Wye Valley 'HPA' and Batham's 'Best Bitter' I really couldn't fault the batham's. I had been drinking it in the Black country earlier and the pint was just as good. Had a nice menu and very nice garden with a table tennis table. Worth a visit any time you are in the area.
trains2064 - 5 Aug 2008 08:44
Here's me thinking it was Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen, showcasing his limited collection interiors. Only a matter of time before the staff are wearing leather trousers, starched shirts with ruffled cuffs and fuschia hunting jackets and the like! And that will be the time to call Gok in from Channel Four. Ha ha.
Meena - 3 Aug 2008 20:21
I was thinking of adding an extension to my budgie cage. Spencer Swinden Design sounds just the ticket. What a very impressive advertising campaign.
anonymous - 3 Aug 2008 08:31
What a beautiful pub,nice friendly staff,a beacon for modern art in birmingham.The designers identified by fuel4life as Spencer Swinden Design deserve the highest accolade 10/10 for me,we will definitely visit more often
stanlowe - 30 Jul 2008 21:50
Credit has to go to Mel of Spencer Swinden Design who I am told made this happen. Genius.

Anyone got her number?
fuel4life - 30 Jul 2008 14:09
Well, this place really has been transformed. I think that the pub’s name and location are about all that remains, the new owners have invested serious money into making it something more like upmarket City Centre chic.

Comfy seating, lots of exposed brick work, designer prints on the wall. Beautiful toilets, designer basins, and a ‘Dyson Air Blade’ hand dryer (google it!) which may actually make men want to wash their hands after paying a visit. Subdued lighting, some flat screen TVs showing some sport, but thankfully small & quiet enough not to make it feel like a dire football pub. Dart board with digital score counter, I’ve never seen that before in a Jewellery Quarter pub!

On a Saturday night, a DJ was playing music at good (not overpowering) volumes. To the rear is a covered area for game playing and smokers, whilst behind that is a walled garden which felt like it would be a nice place on a summers night. Especially busy outside, more comfortable inside, it felt like a nice place to spend some time.

Beerwise, the Purity Ubu was good, the Batham’s was even nicer, a pleasant surprise as the latter so rarely lives upto the hype written about it. There was also Ansells Mild, nice to see a mild in a trendy place even if not perhaps our first choice. Also there was Wye Valley HPA which we didn’t sample.

Clientele was quite a wide age range, City Centre prices (£2.70ish a pint) are perhaps going to keep away those seeking more basic back street boozers, but we felt there was a nice mix of friendly people. Yes it was obviously stylish, but you didn’t feel it was exclusive of anyone.

Overall, we’d say the owners have accomplished something quite unusual here, hitting a mark higher than most City Centre bars and yet in a light-industrial/ ‘city flat living’ type area which can feel quite dead after hours. A short walk from the Jewellery Quarter tram station, or just minutes from Birmingham on a busy bus route (16/74/79) it was a doddle to get to. We really hope it succeeds.

Roy22 - 20 Jul 2008 13:30
Nice enough pint of Bathams, pricey grub.

Don't know what the fuss is about, to be honest. Plenty of better boozers in Birmingham, most not in such of a grim area.
crazy_joe_devola - 19 Jul 2008 17:55
Another quality place. The Ansells Mild is great. Sad to see the Leeds v Sunderland FA Cup Final programmehas gone from the wall! This place is so good, it attracts too many people, which, when you are miserable like me, doesnt help!
Archivist - 13 Jul 2008 19:48
Thanks for the offer, Tom! I'm not trying to make a big point about the Bathams - it was really good. It's just that it tasted marginally better at The Church (where it was legendary). The Saturday I visited I had Wye Valley HPA and it was probably the best beer I had that day (and I went to 12 pubs in total including The Lamp!). Keep up the good work!
thegiant - 2 Jul 2008 18:50
As a barman at the clifden i can categorically say that due to our high turnover and exceptionally high standards, especially the cask, we won't put ale on unless the lines are well cleaned and the ale is conditioned properly. I would take the 'Bathams Challenge' with any pub in the black country, indeed many of our customers, who travel miles to come to the clifden, say our Bathams is as good as it gets, we are proud of our quality beer, and it genuinely grieves us when people think we serve anything other than the best.

I apologise to Mr giant if the Bathams was off when he came in, come down this saturday or whenever you're passing and I guarantee you a tip top Bathams, or you're money back!!

A big thank you from the clifden to all our regulars and friends without whom, obviously, the pub wouldn't be the success that it is, rock on the cliffo!!!!!
tomrrocket2 - 2 Jul 2008 13:16
Adding to my previous post, last time I went in on a Saturday lunchtime there was no Bathams and was told there wouldn't be any until "somebody got up and put it on"!
thegiant - 1 Jul 2008 16:28
The Bathams was good but I agree with Beowulf, it didn't taste quite right. It used to taste better at The Church.
thegiant - 1 Jul 2008 16:26
Okay Meena, you're on!
Beowulf - 1 Jul 2008 08:34
I have been drinking the Bathams ever since it was introduced at the Clifden. Its always been a superb pint. Been drinking it this weekend. Beowulf come back and give it a go without the bad taste in your mouth. You will not be disappointed, I can guarantee that.
Meena - 29 Jun 2008 21:39
Nice pub but do something about the Bathams, it just does not taste right!
Beowulf - 28 Jun 2008 10:03
Being a fan of street art and the like I thought I'd pay The Lord Clifden a visit after reading an article about it in the Evening Mail...I was well impressed. An impressive selection of beers on offer, great menu (Banksy burger:how cool is that!!)friendly staff and manager.The artwork by well known street artists is superb and the hand sprayed vinyl records by Army Lion(I think)behind the bar are truly brilliant.
I.m going to give The Lord Clifden 10/10 because there is nothing like it in Brum and to have the vision to create a pub like this is forward thinking on the owners part.Well Done guys.Much Love...

sureshot - 15 Jun 2008 21:50
This pub has taken the modern way of thinking like a bull by the horns. Without forgetting what the customer wants from a pub and I don't just mean real ale.
mm1963 - 14 Jun 2008 10:16
Went with a friend to visit on the back of B.I.T.E. talk! I won't repeat what others have said other than its a really nice place to visit. 8/10 without a shadow.
ticket - 12 Jun 2008 11:01
The Truth09, its not first time raters, we were all there once, its one time raters. Meaning the person registers, rates a pub high, comments highly and never rates another pub all on the same day.
Hope that explains

PS, this pub is quality
seaman_max - 12 Jun 2008 08:43
what a pub, I don't really have to say anything about the atmosphere, the decor, the range and quality of the ales and continental beers, the food or the staff as it has all been said before, they are excellent.

I have visited many pubs in my time and have to say this is already one of my favourites. I didn't know the Lord Clifden before it's recent refurd but i'm sure the great homemade cooking and genuienly nice and friendly staff must have existed before, money can't buy these.

This is the first time I have felt the need to review a pub as I really feel everybody should know about it, I didn't even know about it until I read about The Lord Cliften in a local newspaper.

I have read a few other reviews saying this pub has only got a good rating because of first time raters, are they saying we dont count? can somebody explain?

I thought the whole point in this website and other sites like this were so people could voice their opinion and in my opinion this pub is great and I will be going again.
the_truth09 - 11 Jun 2008 17:39
Having seen all the glowing reviews of this place i thought it was only right that I paid it a visit. The location isn't the best, it's not somewhere you could pop for a quick drink after a trip to the bullring, but then the same could be said about alot of the best pubs in birmingham city centre.
On entering we were immediately made to feel welcome and were more than happy on seeing the beers that are on offer. Nice to see a range of decent largers as well as real ale, nothing more disappointing on a hot day than finding the only larger on offer is fosters/carlsberg/carling.
After a couple of drinks we were a bit peckish so decided to give the food a try, glad we did this was some of the best pub grub i've had in a long while. The burgers are meaty and filling, only let down by the bog standard frozen french fries. Top marks surely have to go to the bangers and mash, special mention for the garlic mash.
To sum up will definitely be going back to this place, especailly as is has a beer garden...there's not too many of them to be found in birmingham.
freckles - 9 Jun 2008 11:05
You see a lot of pubs fly up the ratings with help from one time raters as metioned by the giant below. I noticed on friday that this pub was topping the charts so with living in Brum i thought I would make my debut. And have to agree with all below comments that this is a quality pub. Has something for everyone and a top beer garden. Will be back for sure. 8/10
seaman_max - 9 Jun 2008 08:27
I posted the first review of TLC in Dec 2005 and uploaded the picture and got the name changed from The Lord Clifton. Last Friday I went for the first time since then. It's been refurbished very nicely and is somewhat unique with its location , DJ and table tennis table and its cleanliness!

I was planning to try the food but at 8:00 on Friday night, it's more geared to the DJ playing his music so went to Lalhezar down the road instead.

Can't help feeling that the rating is being manipulated, given the number of recent glowing reviews from one-time raters! Having said that, it is still worth an 8, and I can't really argue with the comments of the first-timers! There is a good range of ales that are well kept. There's a good vibe and a good mix of people. Hope to try the food one day.

thegiant - 8 Jun 2008 09:46
Not a bad place. Yes it has a high rating which well in my opinion this is a 7/10 pub. The beer is good, I had Butty Bach which was as good as I had ever had. The menu looked good although at the time I was in the was no one eating. This place is one where both the customers and Staff care. I felt welcome and wanted. A place worth its five minutes of fame.
trains2064 - 7 Jun 2008 19:23
Wonderful food, friendly staff, good selection of drinks and stylish, attractive decor. What more do you need. They've even built an outdoor smoking shelter to save me getting wet! I love this pub!
Vixy - 4 Jun 2008 10:42
A great pub with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. (You won't feel out of place whether you're 18 or 80). Lovely staff. A good range of beers, wines and spirits. The food is fantastic! There's a really good choice on the menu and even veggies are catered for (which you can't say about every pub). Everything I've tried has been lovely and the portions are very filling. Have your tea here one night and you'll want to come back for lunch the next day. Loads to do whether you want to chat with friends, play darts or surf the web. Pay this pub a visit - you won't regret it.
traceylb - 3 Jun 2008 20:12
A real gem of a pub in the jewelry quarter.The food is fab and well worth travelling for from far and wide for,also has a great range of beer and decent bottled ciders. Brilliant atmosphere,especially on weekend nights with the DJ's playing til late.
Sooze35 - 3 Jun 2008 19:40
Definitely the best bar in Birmingham. I have been a regular for six years, the new refurbishment is an absolute dream. The stylish interior has a contemporary,highly polished look without feeling pretentious. The food is of a consistently high standard and good value,portions are definitely on the generous side. Sunday lunch here is a must. Excellent bottled and draught beers. My friends travel all the way from Leeds for the Erdinger! The beer garden is fab for parties, ask the landlord (Graham) to get the decks on for you. The Cliffo (as its affectionately known) has acquired that rare gift of appealing to all sorts of people, foodies, drinkers and super cool young types just hanging out. You are guaranteed to have a top night here, just wish I could remember all of mine!
Meena - 2 Jun 2008 16:02
Where do you start? The Lord Clifden has everything you would want in a pub. And now its uber cool both inside and outside. And don't get me started on the toilets...
laurap - 31 May 2008 15:35
on visiting the lord clifden yesterday, i found it to be one of the best pubs i have visited in recent times, the food was excellent as was both the staff and real ale that was on offer.
i am certain to visit again in the very near future, a real gem of a place
marjeb - 27 May 2008 19:43
just visited the Lord Clifden for a couple of beers and some food with my parents, got to say what a great place, such a shame being from the west mids that i have never visited before, the bathams was spot on, the staff were super, the pub itself was fantastically clean and welcoming and as for the food,that was as good as the perfect pint of bathams!!!
My father who as had a pint or two in his time declared it as one of the best pubs he as ever visited,(praise indeed!) we will be back real soon thats for sure.
mark2008 - 26 May 2008 17:14
As once did Russ Abbott sing," OH WHAT AN ATMOSPHERE".Yet again a cracking nite at the Lord. Food was fab and the new surroundings are wicked. Staff are great and friendly, STILL! The Urban Art is really cool!
A visit to this hidden gem is a must.
marbles - 21 May 2008 19:32
Has gone from being a good boozer to a great place to hang out. The food is top notch and the range of beer is amazing.. Peroni on draught is always a winner. So if you like chilled out beautiful bars, this is for you. Big thanks to barman Tommy who made our night.

otter75 - 15 May 2008 19:45
Had Bathams on this week - great pint, who needs The Church!
stevane - 25 Apr 2008 11:22
The Lord Clifden is the greatest pub in the history of the world. Fact. Whether you go for lunch, dinner, or a boozy evening, you're guaranteed to have an excellent time. The recent refurb looks fantastic, the beer garden is one of Birmingham's best kept secrets, the menu has every kind of food you could possibly want, and the general atmosphere of the pub is unbeatable. Long live the Clifden.

Oh, and the staff are OK too.
Whale - 8 Apr 2008 14:29
Ha Ha , i was at the quiz last week.. was a bit long but a good quiz. As for the pub,it was the first time that we visited for the quiz.. great pub. we had dinner and the food was fantastic. it was that good on sunday afternoon had lunch (amazin yorkshires ) and then came back for the jazz on sunday night. It is great to have such a good pub on ya doorstep.. Great selection of real ales...only bad thing is that it is no good for the bank balance !!
johnnytee - 8 Apr 2008 14:00
Visited last Thursday and joined in the Quiz.... is it still going? Has he announced any answers or given out the scores yet! Got to be the most drawn out quiz ever, didn't realise it was the Clifden Marathon. That aside, very nice done out pub, good beer, friendly and great beer garden. Looking forward to our next visit this Thursday for the Beer... oh and that Quiz - still dont know which character drives a pink Ford Anglia ? or if Hard Black was the lead in pencil ?
stevane - 7 Apr 2008 15:07
I,ve been to The Lord Clifden on many ocassions and can honestly say it is one of the best. The food is of the highest order with generous portions and made by a cracking chef! The Sunday Roast with mustard mash is wicked.
After a recent refurb the surroundings are even better with well designed seating areas, quality fixtures and fittings and ales which is as good as i've ever drank and i've drank a few i can say!
The rear garden is practical and comfortable with a well maintained garden.
This pub is a little gem tucked away in the bustle of busy Brum. If your near, pop in, you won't regret it.
marbles - 6 Apr 2008 17:29
Prompted by previous posters' comments, we made our first visit to this pub, to find a jazz session in full swing, which was a nice surprise. (They plan to have these sessions every Sunday night). The pub itself comprises 2 bars, decorated in a modern style to a very high standard and the toilets were impressive too.

4 real ales were available - Wye Valley HPA and Butty Bach plus 2 guests - Vale Black Swan and a Phoenix beer. We tried the Phoenix and HPA - both were good, so we had some more, while listening to the music. Recommended.
wee_jock - 1 Apr 2008 14:14
This place is AMAZING! The refurb is superb - you wouldn't recognise the place.

It has now got 4 ales on, two Wye Valley (HPA and Butty Bach) and two guest ales. The lager selection on tap is exceptional and the food is outstanding.

I had Wild Boar sausages with garlic mash and it was just exceptional. Definitely worth a visit if you are ever anywhere near central Birmingham.
lukemarson - 23 Mar 2008 10:36
The refurb is great,food really good.Very friendly staff who treat you as a friend.One of the best pub's in Brum and well worth a visit....I love it!.
brumgum - 15 Mar 2008 20:30
Great news, open again after a very smart refurb but beer and food just as good as before with the pub looking really really good, get there ASAP and enjoy.
brianthelion - 13 Mar 2008 23:03
Closing for a four week refurb on 26 January. Not sure what the plans are.
davver - 23 Jan 2008 11:13
The HPA and Butty Buck are both superbly kept ales. Service and food are as great as always.

A definite recommendation.
lukemarson - 2 Jan 2008 00:20
The Lord Clifden is one of the best pubs and best kept secrets in Birmingham, blink and you would miss it. I first came about 5 years ago when a friend of mine recomended the Sunday dinner and ive been coming ever since. The only critism back then would have been the lack of a good ale, however they now stock a well kept selection of HPA ales which perfectly complements the fine food which I can only describe as faultless. The staff are very friendly, there is a fantastic beer garden, and by all accounts the interior is having a facelift in the new year. Make your new years resolution a Clifden Sunday roast and I guarantee you will come back.......
blokeyinbrum - 31 Dec 2007 10:14
My local(so a biased review)and gradually getting top form real ale out consistently which for a former fizz palace is to be commended. Top class steaks and other food available lunchtime and early evening plus a decent sunday lunch. Due for sympathetic refurbisment soon which should see even better things for this Birmingham pub.
brianthelion - 12 Dec 2007 15:55
Brilliant pub! Top beer, splendid garden! I'll have an Yorkshire please!
jackd77 - 31 Jul 2007 15:53
Please Visit The Lord Clifden Appreciation Society website
Anthony1981 - 20 Jul 2007 10:48
Best pub in Birmngham. Friendliest bar staff around, locals that talk to you (in a good way) amazing food (it should be what with the gaffer being an ex headchef at the national gallery) amazing beer garden with table tennis! The HPA is a truly great pint. I can't praise the Clifden highly enough!
mattyboy - 22 Mar 2007 13:01
visited this pub as it was in the good pub guide 2007... We had a gorgeous meal... The best steaks in town, a must for anyone in birmingham. The garden is amazing with table tennis and table footy... bring on the summer..
Sky sports including prem plus, top juke box with the best of the stone roses !!
Very friendly staff and customers.
Quiz night on a thursday evening.
D.J. every saturday evening

sydney_hull - 15 Nov 2006 15:09
Visited this pub with my boyfriend at the weekend to watch the Villa match. At first I wasn't too sure as it didn't look too friendly from the outside but once inside it was very friendly and quite cosy.

Nice real ales, nice rolls, sadly didn't get to sample the menu as they had stopped serving food by the time we got there. They did sell Sherbert Dib-Dabs which I personally thought was a stroke of genius!

I'm sure I will be going back at some point and I certainly won't be dragging my heels!!
london_fox - 24 Oct 2006 18:35
Pub has Sky Sports and Prem Plus, which isn't listed above.

lukemarson - 16 Oct 2006 15:04
Great pub!

Food is great and beers are really good.

Bloke that runs it is a really nice bloke from Sunderland, a qualified and experience chef from what I've been told.

Definitely pop in for the Sunday lunch- it's excellent!
lukemarson - 10 May 2006 10:53
very friendly pub. Great food.
Quiz night on a thursday
martinbeakes - 6 Apr 2006 17:53
Very good menu
Sunday Lunch was excellent.
Very big garden......very nice for long summer evening.
Sam Migel on draught huge selection of bottle beers
anonymous - 6 Apr 2006 17:51
It is actually called "The Lord Clifden". Serves good real ale including "Landlord" when I was there. Friendly. Claims to do the best Sunday Roast Beef in Birmingham!
thegiant - 30 Dec 2005 14:28
Beautiful stained glass window to the front of this pub. Friendly, with dart board and pool table. Good beer - including Landlord when I was there.
thegiant - 4 Dec 2005 20:11

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