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Pennyblacks, Birmingham - pub details

Address: 132-134 Wharfside Street, The Mailbox, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 1XL [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 30523) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Birmingham New Street (0.4 miles), Five Ways (0.5 miles), Birmingham Moor Street (0.6 miles)

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My first visit to the Mailbox and Pennyblacks. I believe this is the only bar in the complex that serves real ale. It's a modern place with a rowdy atmosphere and handpulls situated at the back of the bar, making choice difficult. From what I could see, beers on were Goffs Launcelot & White Knight, Wickwar Rite Flanker & Cotswold Way and something called Classic Bitter. Service was prompt. Most of the customers were groups of young males, possibly on stag nights. This doesn't make for a particularly relaxing environment. Probably wouldn't return, especially when there are better establishments just along the canal (try the excellent Canalside Café).
blue_scrumpy - 7 May 2013 20:26
I agree re the positioning of the ale pumps and also the prices of everything in here. It's a shame because it has a good location (make sure you don't walk into the canal while texting, honestly...) and a good choice of beers.
rainlight - 12 Feb 2013 19:08
A nice pub, but the choice of Real Ale is minimal and the beers they do have in costs a fortune. At about 4.80 a pint this is criminal. The staff are clueless and seem bored and put out if they have to serve a customer. The food is ridiculously priced as well, about £13.00 for a burger and fries, er, no thanks.
But as I said, it IS a nice pub, but it's a shame they charge so much for a pint.
martwolves - 23 Nov 2012 17:56
I am so pleased to see this pub lose it's CAMRA Good Beer Guide status. It has not been included the 2010 edition.
ICTGringo - 8 Sep 2009 18:33
I wasn't expecting a Good Beer Guide entry by the Mailbox alongside the canal inside a wine bar/barn decked out like several lounges, but gave it a go. The ales were well hidden at the back of the bar, and difficult to discern. Without assistance from the clueless barmaid, I peered through the gloom and made out one of the pump clips, What The Fox's Hat, and a very good pint it was too, supped by the canal on a table outside. An interesting find for a quick pint, but I wouldn't be tempted to stay.
dableywolf - 17 Jun 2009 23:34

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