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Trocadero, Birmingham

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user reviews of the Trocadero, Birmingham

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A very good example of what a pub should be. Near to transport & shops, cheapish, efficient & open before lunch. My satisfactory pint of Pedigree was 2.80, the bar folk coped well with a large crowd (many of them shoppers seeking shelter from the rain); my overall perception was positive.
Queenslander - 29 Aug 2015 22:43
A white room near the station. You can fall down the hill out of this pub and be in New Street in no time. Beer was good, why complain, at least central Birmingham isn't a joke place with joke prices.
rainlight - 11 May 2015 23:05
Met up with a group of friends there on a Friday lunchtime in December, so inevitably very crowded with office groups, and, a bit later in the afternoon, with pre-Christmas-party gatherings.
Quite a good selection (4 or 5) of cask ales, and the lager-drinkers also seemed happy.
A bit chilly where we were sitting, as a freezing blast blew in every time the door opened (weather not their fault, but heating could have been more effective!).
We didn't sample the pub food, as we paid an occasional visit to the adjacent German Christmas Market for sausages and similar, while enjoying the more sensible beer prices inside.

FotWBF - 17 Dec 2014 01:19
Much maligned pub but serves a range of real ales and the food was surprisingly good too. Ales on offer were Red Squirrel Scottish Ale, Purity and a couple of others. Staff were OK if not welcoming but for reasonably priced food and a choice of real ales you could do much worse.
mikey64 - 21 Jan 2014 21:34
Well it`s still trucking along in the same vein as I said before but hey..it`s still goin`!
Looked a bit cleaner, beer in a bucket, footie fans wanting to know what team you support, old grunions giving the stranger in town look..not my sort of alehouse but then I don`t have to go in there do I?
Blastbeat - 19 Apr 2013 10:53
Still quite a rough place, my mate said it was like an estate pub, even though it is in the city centre. Toilets easy to find, use your nose.
son_of_odin - 11 Apr 2013 20:32
Cheap beer, little effort put into running it these days. used to be a great bustling pub, now seems to be a bit grimy. They have live bands in there sometimes, the staff are up for a bit of banter and friendly. The toilet facilities leave a lot to be desired. However, I still like the place, it has a proper pub feel abouit it and it doesn't cost the earth unlike so many of Brums public houses.
martwolves - 23 Nov 2012 17:47
Agree with whats already been said. Used to be a great pub serving great food (The Troc burger was phenomenal). Shame to see its gone down hill.
SteveBrum - 14 Dec 2010 11:35
I echo the comments of Blastbeat below dated 1/9/10
Bitterville - 5 Sep 2010 16:17
Used to be quite a buzzing indie/rock sort of drinking hole trendily stashed away up a back street. Now it`s a poor imitation of a Wetherspoons, cheap, beers and £2.99 food specials, expect it does a good trade of a day when the office wallers need a quick bite and a beer. Found it wearily depressing on the night though, few punters, piped R&B drone and finding the toilets was easy - just follow your nose! Sort of pub that needs a kick up the arse or the shuters will go up!
Blastbeat - 1 Sep 2010 14:27
On last visit, 2 groups of blokes were having a somewhat "heated debate". Making a hasty exit before it boiled over seemed to be the sensible thing to do. Beer is ok if you are brave enough to enter.
son_of_odin - 25 Aug 2010 13:23
It's a shame that this pub has died a bit of a death over the years. Used to be very vibrant, with arguably the best jukebox in the city centre (before the days of digital jukeboxes having every song ever), but now falls into the non-descript mediocrity of many other pubs in its proximity.

My last visit here was for the Germany-Argentina game in the World Cup. Two real ales were on (Landlord and Bombardier), and both were well-kept and served cold. Not a lot else on offer by way of unique drinks, though the food is always of a slightly-above average standard.

The toilets have gone up in recent years, with two lockable cubicles, and a clean floor, with working taps and hand dryers and everything!

Overall, nothing special, but nothing bad.
berkfromtrapdoor - 24 Aug 2010 17:19
A reasonable pint of TT Landlord but when there are so many decent pubs in the vicinity this place struggles to draw me back for a return visit, 5/10
fat_beer_badger - 13 Jul 2010 12:49
I visit this pub regularly and find it great value and with a great atmosphere. The staff are very efficient and friendly and are more than happy to help. The pub shows most major sports but doesnt get the noisy crowds some of the other pubs get.

I'd recommend paying a visit for a bite in the day or for a livley night out.
HarveyD - 27 Aug 2009 23:24
Quiter than other pubs nearby with a fine pint of Landlord on draught. Worth a visit on a wander.
keith253 - 18 Aug 2009 09:42
Always noticed the impresive frontage to this place, in particular the beautiful mosaic with the pubs name on. Never tempted to stray in until thhis weekend when my suspicions were confirmed, it's very standard and nondescript behind. Loud music and lager drinkers mostly, although Tim Taylor's was available on my visit, and drinkable. It's not bad but not worth going out of your way for.
Carlurmston - 1 Jul 2009 12:55
Happy this place is still open, if you want a quick beer away from the bustle of New Street then give it a try, typical city centre boozer but kept fairly clean and not too pricey.
BromsgroveRover - 5 Jun 2009 10:27
Visited this back street pub for the first time in over 20 years and despite a refurb nothing really has changed that much. The clientel are friendly enough and the bar staff are helpful and effecient - one thing has changed they now sell real ale - the Timothy Taylor was reasonable and not overpriced unlike some of the other close establishments. Will visit again as its OK on a crawl , probably wouldnt spend a whole evening in there however. 6 out of 10.
DiscoJoe - 25 Apr 2009 15:49
For years the only reason I would recommend any sort of foray to Temple Street was for the excellent indie record shop "Swordfish" - which is still there, more power to it's fin. I certainly wouldn't have advised anyone to visit the Troc. as I always found it totally null and void of any atmosphere, or anything remotely quaffable with the slowest service I've ever known outside of a Wetherspoons. But just hold on, because recently persuaded against my better nature to drop in for a Sunday lunchtime session there are signs of some genuine improvement. Two or three good ales on (inc. Taylors), served reasonably promptly with an attempt at some civility for a change, quite comfortable and roomy with good views of the screens. And some very nice food. What would have previously been a 3/10 rating has convincingly jumped up to a 6/10 and possibly rising. One to watch. Doesn't encourage stand up solo drinkers at the bar though. Sorry ladies.
ILooklikeme - 17 Nov 2008 17:30
Well Well Well this place could be so good except its like the advertising pages of the local rag.....!!! Very cheap in every aspect especially the lady behind the bar think she is management.

if you are looking for QUALITY don't drink here a short walk to the top of the road will find you quality in abundance at The Old Joint Stock.

The Troc tho all said and done is good for a cheep drink when SHE is not behind the bar slagging everybody off.

redbug - 31 Aug 2008 09:27
Trying to find a traditional style pub in Birmingham City centre when you have a few hours to kill is more difficult than I had imagined so when my eye first caught the elegant mosaic façade of the Trocadero, I was mildly excited at what delights the pub would offer. The first impressions were not good. No Ales for starters, just run of the mill kegs and lagers many of which were on cheap promotions making it a place for quantity drinking rather than quality drinking. The pub appears to have been extended in both width and length at some stage since its days as a fire station. The rear is probably the most interesting with its sofas, chessboard tiled fireplace and mock Tudor vaulted ceiling.
The rest of the pub is a diet of multiple TVs, game machines and mixture old modern art and old local pictures. Overall, a bit of a disappointment and my search for the definitive classic pub in Brum city centre must wait for a future visit.

RogerB - 7 Aug 2007 13:17
A nice 'proper' city centre pub. Friendly but varied crowd at the weekend, good music from the jukebox and normally football or boxing on the tv. Drink prices are very good for city centre. Apparently haunted too
chut - 8 Jun 2007 19:06
Finally went in here on Sat. It was nice to dissapear from busy high street and into a proper looking pub.
The old management from the Brighthouse (Hill St) run this place and seems friendly and clean. Cant comment on night time as was only here for couple during day. Will go again whilst touring town.
seaman_max - 12 Apr 2007 16:59
great city centre pub, real good mix of people in there, cheap drinks deals and good beer. food is ok too. classic 90's indie on the jukebox and clean toilets. good apart from when they decide to show live matches, then it's full of idiots.
diamondflamer - 10 Aug 2006 17:54
Been there when quiet. Drinks and service were ok, and if you were feeling energetic you could have a dance on the mini dance area..
nellie_uk - 3 Jan 2006 14:56
Bit of a hit or miss pub. Have been in and had great service, great beer, lovely meal and generally good time. Also been in where only two staff in on a saturday lunchtime with birmingham city football showing on the big screen! Not the cleverest idea in the world. Also been in when meal hasn't arrived within 45 minutes and beer tasted foul! Try your luck, you never know.
littlepip - 13 Dec 2005 19:24
I've had a few good nights here but it was due to the people rather than the place itself. Its kind of a half way house for the all the lost souls in the world. It suffers a bit in the decoration department too and there is a definite air of unholiness about the place. Go in with a cross and some garlic.
kingpin - 28 May 2005 00:38
Decent pub when not full of loud, obnoxious types. Good range of beers - especially bottled. Food used to be good, couldn't say now.
phantomdrinker - 19 Feb 2005 20:16

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