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Popped in on a cold Monday evening. Prompt and polite service. Had a couple of pints of Tring Brookmans Winter Warmer which was in good condition. Went back the next day for breakfast again good service, food good. No complaints and would happily come back when next in area.
Solent66 - 18 Feb 2013 12:57
Can`t say why but this JDW just doesn`t do it for me. Wasn`t happy with the layout when it was an O`neills, the beer is pretty average quality and the people drinking in there are oblivious to anyone around them....bad pub etiquette..surprised it`s not a brawling pub...
Blastbeat - 10 Jan 2013 10:56
Fairly standard Wetherspoons on the edge of Chinatown hence the name and a Chinese touch or two to the decor though nothing OTT.
Gets an extra point from me for being open at 8.30 on a Saturday morning for breakfast.
rainlight - 13 Oct 2012 12:48
Ridiculous bar / fridge layout. The bar is really really tall, top was level with my shoulders (in skyscraper heels!). But.. the bottle fridges are all at floor level. So I couldn't see what was in there. When I asked the barman if they stocked a particular one (my local spoons has it), he gave a cursory glance at the fridge and said he had no idea!
My half of ale was quite nice though. Table was sticky.

To be fair the barman was so young I felt like asking HIM for ID

SGA - 30 Aug 2012 23:45
Not a great deal to say about it really. Once you've been in one Wetherspoons you've been in them all. Average beers at cheap prices. The food was ok- decent steak & kidney pie I was reliably informed. Polite staff though- which is always nice to see. So overall, nothing spectacular, but a decent enough place to drop in for a cheap drink or two.
mothers_ruin - 25 Apr 2012 13:58
Went in on early sunday afternoon with a friend. No Ruddles for Sunday club but guest pint was fine. No stuffing balls with roast chicken - I was told politely that they had run out. They also had a 25 minute wait for food when the pub was half empty. All that said the food was nice when it arrived but the lack of availability of food and drink and a long wait rates a five.
wrichard - 22 Nov 2010 16:02
This has to be one of the worst Wetherspoons I've been in, with an extremely poor beer selection. As usual, plenty of 'available soon' labels, but very little 'available now'. The usual Greene King Abbot and Ruddles Best were supplemented by just one guest - Dorset Yachtsman. No real cider was available, apart from the usual Wetherspoons bottled cider range. However the pub is situated in a lively area and doesn't aspire to the typical Wetherspoons layout, with its flowery wallpaper, its exotic lampshades and its mock Chinatown gate at one end. The clientele is equally varied. Probably not a pub I would come back to.
blue_scrumpy - 6 Oct 2010 09:42
Typical wetherspoons really. I popped in around lunchtime last week, full of pensioners ordering coffee (Wish they would go to coffee shops!!!) place was clean, staff friendly beer ok.
SteveBrum - 4 Oct 2010 11:32
This used to be O'Neills and used to great for a night out. But I've been here about ten times over the last year or two, and it's ALWAYS been empty.

Saying that, you still get exactly what you'd expect from a Wetherspoons.
berkfromtrapdoor - 24 Aug 2010 17:36
First visit last weekend. Huge pub with great and efficient staff and one of the few Wetherspoons that does decent food. Mixed crowd and can get a bit rowdy but the manager and staff cope well and are great. Shame others in the chain (Eastbourne/Brighton and Hastings) don't have the same quality.
skippybn21 - 10 Aug 2010 08:51
No complaints - quick, polite service, a cheap and good quality ale and I could sit outside in the sun!
ace1973 - 12 Jul 2010 12:16
Local winner of Birminghams best bar and lives up to the reputation. Good food cheap beer and a great atmosphere. Gets busy when a major show on at the hippodrome. Better than other spoons in the town worth a visit.
treborbeans - 17 Feb 2010 23:43
Nice pub for a quick pint or two!

The food is slightly better than other wetherspoons in Birmingham city centre, but can still be a bit hit and miss.

Get's very busy when a show is on at the Hippodrome, which ultimately makes getting in the door very difficult, let alone getting served.

Worth a visit, as it is new and a lot nicer than other wetherspoons in the area.

Note - those small people of the population may struggle in this pub as the bar is about 5, 5" tall!
apple_scruff_uk - 17 Jun 2009 18:45
Called in again last week. No beer. Handpumps say they had Purity Gold and Pompey Royal amongst others, but they didn't really have any. Not happy, down goes the rating.
ROBCamra - 9 Jun 2009 11:42
This is quite a smart JDW with stone floors and a lot of wood around the place. It was quite busy when I visited around 8 on Wednesday but there were enough staff on, so I didnít have to wait. The girl who served me was very pleasant and chatty and poured a pint perfectly, including letting it settle and topping it up without me having to ask. The beer festival was on and I had a pint of the Sinebrychoff Porter which at 6.2% was rocket fuel. It was very tasty, although it took me quite a while to drink it. Itís pretty good for a Wetherspoons is this place.
ROBCamra - 30 Apr 2009 11:11
nicer than your average spoons, but seemingly with a lesser choice of the old ales. I've liked the layout of this place since it was Pat O'Connels before Oneills, if anyone remembers when it was Pat O'Connels it's more than that in decor now. It's more comfrtable than the square peg of figure of 8, but still feels very wetherspoonsy, although i imagine thats something to do with it being a wetherspoons. It's ok if you're passing on the way to somewhere good but don't make any great effort to go there.
mattyboy - 31 Mar 2009 15:04
A superior Wetherspoons (which isn't saying very much I know) but with the irritating tendency of running out of it's guest beers. It has the compensatory inclusion of Amstell lager (about the only fizzy drink I can stomach), but the hit-and-miss stocking of advertised guests seems to be a standard problem with Spoon pubs of late. On the plus side I've rarely seen it so busy that you despair of ever being served (unlike othet Spoon outlets countrywide), the staff readily exhibit a degree of personality and engagement with their customers, the food is fine, and the atmosphere is relaxed and civilised. On a good night this is a handy stopping off place on your way to the lovely little Lamp Tavern.
ILooklikeme - 22 Oct 2008 20:50
I never visited this place when it was OíNeillís so I can't compare it on that front but as a Wetherspoons itís very good. Quite a small place in my opinion with two bars but the one bar only seems to be manned in the evening but thatís understandable as itís really quite during the day. Itís quite funny watching people go to the one bar only to realise that no ones serving there. In the evening it can get busy but I feel it hasn't reached its potential just yet. I think everyone was expecting a Lloydís bar to open here as itís on the edge of the Arcadian but as itís a Wetherspoons the lack of music is having an effect on its popularity. Rumour on the grape vine is that it will start to play music soon, whether that means a re-brand to a Lloyds Bar is another question. Beer quality is good on the draught front, ale wise they donít really sell enough meaning that sometimes the beer can taste a bit dead because itís sat in the line for so long. Food was good enough for the price. They do very little coffee here from what I can see which means you can actually go to bar a not be waiting forever while the PUB staff serve coffee. On that front alone itís a winner!!
thatchrisdude - 16 Oct 2008 19:14
Have visited this pub many times since it opened instead of Oneills. Its very useful for cheaper booze if on a pub crawl from City Centre/Arcadian through to Digbeth. As previous reviewer points out its a regular spoons in many ways. But I think its more like Briar Rose quality than Square Peg or Figure Of 8.
seaman_max - 9 May 2008 10:54
A run-of-the-mill city-centre Spoon's, with all the standard features, beer range and food menu.
lad_newton - 5 Feb 2008 22:06

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