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The Drawbridge, Shirley - pub details

Address: Drawbridge Road, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 2NE [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 10741) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Shirley (0 miles), Whitlocks End (1.2 miles), Yardley Wood (1.4 miles)

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Popped in for a cheeky`s an ok sort of pub, not unattractive, unassumingly welcoming. Yes few footie types, cheesy tunes, blokes who won`t move away from the real ale pump clips. ales was ok if unspectacular...I think you get my drift. It`s ok if you live across the road.
Blastbeat - 22 Nov 2013 13:10
From any initial premise, this establishment may command a certain degree of respect. After all, it is situated in the leafy suburbs next to a quaint canal and it has in recent years been decorated up. In my sober mind's eye, I envisaged a nice steady beer or two, losing an hour watching the barges go by. Unfortunately, when the reality of place manifested itself before my very eyes, it all became too clear.

Upon pulling into the car park, I nearly ran over a small child whose parents were busy pouring the remnants of a cider and black down their throats. Waynetta, drawing heavily on a cigarette did not appear in the least bit concerned my Pirelli had narrowly missed her daughter's head.
I managed to find a space next to the 'scrap metal' vans which seem to be a permanent feature in the vicinity. I made a mental note to keep an extra vigilant eye on my wallet.

Inside, it was mildly busy, having been in several times over the years. I was served very quickly by a pimple faced youth whose flexibility in pouring four pints from different pumps simultaneously was rather impressive.

Unfortunately, as I settled into a corner to consume the beverage, which was reasonable, a drunken yob from the local football league decided to talk to me. My attempts at a diplomatic approach to getting the yob away failed. For a full twenty minutes I had endure a nonsensical and utterly absurd story that he had played for Manchester United and had been earning £200,000 per annum.
Alas, when I suggested he purchase me a double rum on the rocks, he quickly declined and moved on.

A lot of children running about. In one way the smoking ban was a real shame because now you can't smoke the darlings out.

My old nan always said you can tell a pub by its toilets. The toilets were reasonable, they were clean and had soap. There was the customary drunkard leaning up the urinal whistling Billy Ocean but on the whole reasonable.

And that in the final analysis, what this pub is. It is reasonably priced, the quality is reasonable and the atmosphere is generally reasonable.
Worthwhile going if you are on a budget and have kids... just make sure they stay clear of encroaching cars and drunkard Sunday leaguers.

docmartin - 2 Dec 2012 14:30
This pub has dramatically changed since the old managers have gone. The food has improved and always recieved a great steak, started doing vegatables now which is always good!
The sitting is gorgeous with the lovely canal barges going by. Great selection of drinks. very imrpessed, cant wait for my christmas meal there this year!!
bobgod - 9 Nov 2011 21:42
Used to be a great pub in the good old days before it was rebuilt. The landlord used to put roast potatoes on the bar on Sunday dinner-time and he or his wife were always available to pull your pint. The last time I went in, it was a bugger to find a member of staff vaguely interested in serving me and the restaurant only had scalding hot micro-wave meals on offer. Great views of the narrowboats passing the window though . . . . . . . . . ..
Needs anoth revamp.
v4mpire - 10 Aug 2010 11:46
visited today, had food, quite basic but very good value for money. had 4 real ales on ioncluding 2 guests. Have been in the summer, love sitting outside watching the boats on the canal
SGA - 26 Jan 2010 17:49

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