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Has had another refurb, with the seating configuration being the main alteration. Continues to serve a variety of ales in good condition and food at reasonable (for Harborne) prices. Usually busy early evenings at weekends, but quietens down after about 9.30pm.
scoobybooze2 - 7 Mar 2019 13:18
Paid another visit on a recent Monday evening and was pleasantly surprised to discover that Monday is Cask Ale Club and all cask ales are only £2.49 - bargain!

As noted previously there is a bank of 8 pumps, and a further bank of 3 which are duplicated from the main bank.

I went for a pint of Godfathers by Itchen Valley, 3.8%. This was perfectly fine.

The pub was reasonably busy at the time of my visit, but no issue finding a seat in a quiet corner.
RealAleRobUK - 27 Nov 2015 18:05
I believe this is an Ember Inn at the moment. Large pub and pleasant modern décor.

There was a bank of 8 hand pumps with a further bank of 3 (the ales on these 3 duplicated from the main bank).

I went for a pint of Seafarers by George Gale, 3.6% and setting me back £3.20 which seems fairly reasonable. Settled clear, very yellow like a lager in colour. Other ales I noticed were Purity Ubu, Rev James Gold and Brakspear Bitter - I can't remember the rest.

A really pleasant pub, liked the music in here, good selection of ales, would happily visit again.

One thing I did notice once I had nearly finished my pint was a sign at the bar offering the option of a straight or dimpled glass. May have been nice to have been given this choice when I ordered my drink, but no big deal.
RealAleRobUK - 23 Jul 2015 18:33
Now a Freehouse so worth a try. Staff are pretty friendly as well.
andyaston - 5 Aug 2013 21:31
Went back recently to see if it had improved. It hadn't, but fortunately as the other pubs in Harborne continue to improve, there's no need to return anytime soon. I'm suspicious of the effusive praise from "conniseur" below, particularly as that was their only review.
daveinbrum - 12 Oct 2011 21:33
A good selection of beers is available in this family-style pub at the end of the High Street. However, other factors let it down. Wyre Piddle Summerfall, M & B Brew XI, Purity Ubu and Timothy Taylor Golden Best were all available. Sadly the Westons Vintage Organic cider was off. There is plenty of seating for the keen diners. Soft music plays. The pub is decorated in a modern style but has a bit of a hotch potch of designs and different furniture. Particularly annoying was the accumulation of glasses and plates on nearly all of the tables. A few more staff to help the solitary barman and to clear the tables could improve the place.
blue_scrumpy - 6 Oct 2010 09:15
WOW!! I came to this pub with some family and friends. A vast improvement from the last time I visited, the bar staff were friendly and went out of their way to look after us. The cleanliness off the pub had much improved!! No nasty smell from the toilets like before. The best thing for me was that they had a good selection of beer on, Timothy Taylors was my choice, this was excellently kept, no surprise they have just gained their cask marque award. Can't wait to go back! If you haven't visited for a while, I would. Best Pub in Harbourne!!!
conniseur - 27 Jan 2010 14:10
I have been visiting this pub on various occasions since I lived in Harborne in the 1970s. Since I retired from teaching some three years ago, I have regularly popped in for a lunchtime pint.

The srevice has never been great but at least there was usually a minimum of two people serving behind the bar. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case at lunchtime and service has deteriorated significantly, seemingly since the new manager took over about three months ago. Now there is only one person serving and considerable queues build up, especially when someone requests coffee and the barperson toddles off to the machine to make it. Indeed, on my penultimate visit, an elderly, partially sighted gentleman became so frustrated at the wait that he walked out in disgust.

On today's visit I was asked to remove my flat cap by the young lad serving behind the bar, something that has never happened before. I can well understand this to be company policy, if a ridiculous one. However, when after a while I pointed out that a gentleman across the room eating a meal was wearing a hat, the barman was not interested, explaining that he had not seen him.

I won't be rushing back to this place in any hurry.
BigAlBlue - 7 Dec 2009 18:10
Filth Hounds of Hades!! Even the usually dependable Black Sheep ale was bland. Can't really deviate from the most recent comments posted about this Ember Inn (there are some decent ones out there) except to say that the Green Man is distinguished from the rest of the bunch by some truly laughable interior decorating. Had the misfortune to be sitting on the speaker as it dribbled out a selection from the "Now That's What I Call Crap" compilations. It seemed well used but perhaps this was because of a lack of choice. Just where do discerning Harbornians go for a decent drink nowadays? Handy for the bus though.
ILooklikeme - 17 Oct 2008 14:36
It's yet another Ember inn, everyone knows what to expect, alright beer, awful food and clone barstaff. To everyone whittering on about the time they kick you out; what the f*uck are you doing in this hole are that time of night, surely there's somewhere better you could be? The Junction, The Bell, home, in a ditch....
mattyboy - 4 Oct 2008 09:42
Big chain pub, typical standard Embers Inn menu, although good quality. Large enough to sit back and have a drink without anyone bothering you. Decent bar staff and plenty of choice with drinks.
Oddball - 7 Mar 2008 11:36
I went in here last night with some friends who have known it for some time. My mate mentioned the really good pub quiz they used to have, so I thought it should be a decent pub.

The interior seems to suggest gastro/chain pub and is a little bit bland. Why do they ruin decent ordinary pub interiors?

Anyway to the beer. Timmy taylors Landlord was fine, a decent pint. However, at 11.10 they started flashing the lights as a sign that they wantd us out. I felt there was a little haste in booting out the people who keep the place going.

I doubt I'll go back.

wbafc_beer - 12 Feb 2008 12:54
Was once one of Harborne's better pubs but has been overtaken by the competition these days. The beer is expensive and the range uninspiring and the landlord is particularly rude - I had an argument with him because I refused to accept a pint that had been tipped into my glass from another one that had been left standing on the bar, rather than drawn from the handpump. Still busy because of its location, but there are better pubs nearby.
daveinbrum - 28 Dec 2007 12:37
Well, this used to be a nice pub. Not anymore. Overpriced, rude staff (with exceptions), especially the landlord. We used to be regulars until the renovation, which took with it the pub's soul. Especially its unique pub quiz with the great Kat & Pete who were treated horribly by the management (it's a small world, Harborne is). So, we stopped going. Because we don't fancy being treated like dirt. Because we like the management to listen when we complain. Because we don't like paying through the nose for pub grub. Because they are rude and inconsiderate. Greed gone too far. They would always make profit, but this is taking the mickey. Oh, by the way, the quiz is now a dumbened down, bingo-like affair, run by the landlord, who is far from charismatic or involved with the whole thing. Steer well clear, go to the White Horse instead, an honest pub with real beer and down-to-earth staff & decent prices. Oh, and they bar people for no good reason too.


sabbath73 - 10 Dec 2007 16:13
Called in as this pub is a Good Beer Guide entry I had not visited before, and as it was early, it was quiet. It may be a chain pub, but I found no problem with the staff or the real ale. Looked welcoming too.
gillhalfpint - 6 Dec 2007 21:38
waffling dwarf it is actually 30 mins now nit 20 regards
tastey - 1 Oct 2007 21:15
To the Green_Man_Doorstaff may I remind you that its still 20 mins drink up time - 11:20 chaps, not 11:10. Thats how you up upset customers, and end up with bad reviews (Nellie_uk), but of course you knew that - being licensed door Men.
wafflingdwarf - 2 Aug 2007 21:29
Good for lunchtimes or an early meet after work before moving on to somewhere better in Harborne. It has that "chain" pub feel - tidy, overpriced, miserable and unwelcoming staff, sport on the tv at the wrong times, music too loud at the wrong times, etc, etc.
Gaylord - 26 Apr 2007 14:08
this pub has the atmosphere that you take in with you, otherwise just another chain pub which in most ways does not have its head above the ramparts and doesnt even try.
the main redeeming feature is a well run pub quiz on tuesdays. varied in topics covered whilst having a few regular features such as the picture and music round, beware tho. there are a couple of very regular teams who i have yet to see beaten.
slugboy - 28 Jan 2007 07:13
I would just like to clear the time we ask you lot to leave the green man and it is at 11:10 not 11.01 thank you very much TellinStories next time you come to my pub please aproach me about the tim we ask you to leave!
GREEN_MAN_DOORSTAFF - 3 Aug 2006 01:26
I think of this as my 'Sunday afternoon' pub. It has a cosy, relaxed feel and is not as packed on a Sunday as it is on a Sat. night. I like the decor; nooks and crannies and lots of seats. The food is great too!
Smiler13 - 28 Jun 2006 22:22
Pretty similar in decor to the other ember inn pubs. Drinks and service are pretty good, but expect to be chucked out swiftly at closing time even if you havent finished your drink
nellie_uk - 4 Jan 2006 15:06
Not bad as cavernous chain pubs go. Eclectic mix of clientele, and a few decent real ales. Can get a bit packed, and the bouncers get on your nerves telling you to move on at 11.01
TellinStories - 21 Oct 2005 22:09

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