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West Midlands pub and bar guide

Here's a guide to the pubs and bars of West Midlands - good or bad, we bring you the most talked about venues and the places you have to visit at least once. We've included a few user reviews, to give you an idea of what to expect when you get there. Or you can follow the links to see full details and all reviews for each pub.

The Craven Arms, Birmingham

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Address: Upper Gough Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 1JG
Phone: 0121 643 6756
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Nearest train stations: Birmingham New Street (0.3 miles), Five Ways (0.5 miles), Birmingham Moor Street (0.6 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Nice traditional pub but the welcome was frosty. I am not a local, perhaps that is why. 9 beers on but here's the pity. 1 stout, 1 porter, 1 proper bitter Amber in colour but 6 pale even described as lagerish on the bar.this lack of a decent choice meant one drink only then moved on. I had Oak by Grain, well kept, good session beer, nice colour and taste. Score reflects the poor staff attitude, lack of choice for those of us that remember what beer should be like but also scored up as the 1 I had was good.
14 Oct 2015 20:48
Fairly busy, nice range of customers young, old, male female. Staff frosty to say the least, but I am not local. 9 beers on. 1 stout, 1 dark, 6 pale even described as lagerish! God help us. Only 1 Amber trad bitter, so I only stayed for 1. That 1 was good. Well kept, good flavour, nice colour so that drags the score up a point. When will pubs and Brewers realise that there is still a need to provide decent English bitters and not an overwhelming flood of American pale, citrus lagerish ale?
14 Oct 2015 20:18
Nice traditional pub but the welcome was frosty. I am not a local, perhaps that is why. 9 beers on but here's the pity. 1 stout, 1 porter, 1 proper bitter Amber in colour but 6 pale even described as lagerish on the bar.this lack of a decent choice meant one drink only then moved on. I had Oak by Grain, well kept, good session beer, nice colour and taste. Score reflects the poor staff attitude, lack of choice for those of us that remember what beer should be like but also scored up as the 1 I had was good.
14 Oct 2015 20:17

The Woodman, Birmingham

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Address: 106 Albert Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 5LG
Phone: 0121 643 1959
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Nearest train stations: Birmingham Moor Street (0.3 miles), Birmingham Snow Hill (0.5 miles), Birmingham New Street (0.5 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Quietist Wednesday afternoon, 3:30. No pork pies! A good number of ales and ciders on. BUT when I asked for a traditional beer that was not porter (2 of those) or pale citrus, about 5 of those, there was not one available. This is a crying shame. That said, the beer I had, Great Heck Treasure was almost normal! Clear, good flavour albeit a bit too citrus.
14 Oct 2015 15:44
Sunday roast was excellent, range of beers was good once again. Having the new Eastside City Park next to it makes it even more accessible from the city centre. Recommended.
31 Aug 2015 08:28
A long-derelict pub on the edge of Digbeth, opposite the enigmatic bulk of Curzon Street station and near Millennium Point As well as Ciry University. Reopened recently with a sensitive hand to the revamped decor - colourful Victorian tiling and red ceilings. Several beers and ciders on and pork pies for £1.50. Several little rooms give the feel of the better type of 19th-century boozer.
16 Aug 2015 21:54

The Spotted Dog, Digbeth

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Address: 104, Warwick St, Digbeth, Birmingham, West Midlands, B12 0NH
Phone: 0121 772 3822
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Nearest train stations: Bordesley (0.2 miles), Birmingham Moor Street (0.7 miles), Birmingham New Street (0.8 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

My Digbeth crawl was orientated stongly toward the heritage pubs listed by CAMRA such as the Anchor. When discussing such a night out with the landlady of my B&B she mentioned the Spotted Dog. So, when I stumbled upon it I dropped in and was so glad that I did. The interior was full of character and dimly/warmly lit although its ornaments and artefacts seemed random and without any particular theme (not that they have to be, just telling it as I saw it ! ). Friendly, efficent bar staff and I was gobsmacked at £2.10 charge for my (very nice) pint of mild. Heritage price at least!!
A lovely, warm, welcoming,atmospheric pub. A must visit on any Digbeth crawl.
4 Oct 2015 20:55
Rather enjoyed the on-line spat between reviewee and licencee.

I'd have welcomed a classical performance on my Saturday afternoon - all quiet on the western front.

Nice decor and lovely pork pie!

Some photos of my Digbeth pub crawl at http://bit.ly/1NuhI8Y
23 Aug 2015 19:04
Popped in here on Tuesday, which is Jazz night. This is a great pub in Digbeth.
2 roomed bar and an equally fantastic beer garden. Decent beers on and some are discounted on Jazz nights. Friendly bar staff. Holdens Black Country Mild £2.10, not discounted.
19 Aug 2015 20:12

The Great Western, Wolverhampton

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Address: Sun Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV10 0DJ
Phone: 01902 351090
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Nearest train stations: Wolverhampton (0.1 miles), Coseley (3.5 miles), Bilbrook (3.8 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

What more can one say after the previous comments?

If there are only two pubs you can visit in Wolverhampton, this has definitely got to be one together with the Lych Gate Tavern.
13 Nov 2015 08:58
Think the posts below speak for themselves but all i add is traditional black country food is ur things then this is the place with grey peas and bacon and faggots on the menu. Fantastic pub
8 Nov 2015 13:43
First time here and won't be the last. Great atmosphere and beers with emphasis on Holdens and Bathams but with guests. No music or machines, lots of chatter. Pork pies. Exit via main entrance of Wolverhampton station then turn sharp right and head for subway right to end then turn right alongside old Low Level station and pub will be at end by railway bridge.
22 Sep 2015 12:43

The Post Office Vaults, Birmingham

Address: New Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B2 4PA
Phone: 01216430155
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Nearest train stations: Birmingham New Street (0.1 miles), Birmingham Moor Street (0.1 miles), Birmingham Snow Hill (0.4 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Excellent pub, terrific range of ale & cider. Because it's quite small, it makes it feel lively inside, even when it isn't busy. But then it's always busy!
28 Nov 2015 08:14
Wednesday evening late on. 8 pumps, 2 were stouts, 1 was mild, 4 were pale ales and 1 , that is ONE, was copper trad bitter. The only downside is that one was 5.6%. So again, I have to hit the road in a no doubt fruitless chase for a pub that knows some customers prefer a selection of traditional English bitters mid strength, copper coloured and Not I repeat Not citrus, lager style beers. The Backstage IPA was in good condition, well kept, too strong for the only bitter available, hence the reduced score.
14 Oct 2015 22:11
Previous visits to this pub have left me undecided, as its size & popularity make it an uncomfortable body contact drinking den, not my favourite body contact sport. This visit was mid afternoon, on a Monday & apart from a few late liquid lunchers the place was nearly deserted. My pint of Hobson's Champion Mild (2.80) was quite good & the service excellent.
3 Sep 2015 23:24

The New Inn, Harborne

Address: 74, Vivian Rd, Harborne, Birmingham, West Midlands, B17 0DJ
Phone: 0121 427 5062
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Nearest train stations: University (1.1 miles), Selly Oak (1.3 miles), Five Ways (2.1 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

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.
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
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
23 Oct 2015 22:17

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