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The Bell Inn, Harborne - pub details

Bell Inn

Address: 11 Old Church Rd, Harborne, Birmingham, West Midlands, B17 0BB [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 8248) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Selly Oak (1.3 miles), University (1.3 miles), Five Ways (2.5 miles)

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Now this is a bloody lovely pub. A bit out of the way but well worth the walk. Traditional feeling pub with wooden beams on the walls and ceiling.

On entering the bar is in the small corridor, with the main room to the right running the length of the pub, and a smaller room to the right behind the bar area.

At the bar there are 4 pumps, though 2 are a bit hidden so escaped my attention at first! On offer was Long Blonde, Exmoor Gold, Sadlers Thin Ice, and Ghost Ship.

I went for the Long Blonde at £3.60 - service was friendly and swift. I perused the menu while I sat quietly with my pint and decided to stay for food. I ordered the calamari starter followed by the lamb shank - and another pint to wash them down of course (think it was Thin Ice).

The food was absolutely lovely, both pints in excellent condition and really tasty and refreshing. Very impressed and I would be more than happy to pay a return visit.

It seemed a bit of a locals pub - but not in an unfriendly or intimidating way, just people enjoying themselves in a nice pub.
RealAleRobUK - 27 Nov 2015 18:46
Very busy last night as there was a 60s band playing. As you walk in, there is a corridor running from front to rear and here is where you will find the tiny serving area. Butty Bach, Bombardier and Jennings Cumberland Ale were the handpulls available, the latter at £2.85 and well-kept but rather bland in taste. There is a large room to the right and a nice snug at the back but we had to sit outside given the number of people there....fortunately it was mild enough!
paul_d102 - 16 Dec 2012 20:28
Lovely place but shame to say dreadful ale.
swa - 19 Sep 2011 16:04
its ok, nice building i guess, but the ale selection is lacking a bit, id say a bit overpriced but it is a lovely location right but the 15th century church etc, with a rural feel, I just feel it is missing that zing to make it from a good pub to an excellent pub, visit yourself and see if you agree with me?
jerome_uk - 16 Jul 2011 02:03
Went here for the first time in years on Tuesday night. As others have said below this is an attractive old pub in what appears an almost rural setting, but is of course enclosed in the salubrious Birmingham suburb of Harborne. Was pleased to see the bowling green was still in situ (although looking a little bit scruffy). This pub should be a real gem with its setting and old world charm, but has always, for me, failed to make the most of itself. THe bar area is tiny and that can make it difficult to get noticed/served, even when there are ample staff on duty. Beer selection (beyond the usual lagers, iced guiness and whatever else appears for mass consumption everywhere these days) was Brew XI, M&B (I think) Mild, Courage Directors, Old Speckled Hen and Black Sheep, the latter was what we had and very nice it was to; however, it would be good to see some more local real ales being sold here (as our Black Sheep was served in Purity pint glasses I'd guess that might often be the case). Also pub was open till midnight so as it was a late start there was no need to hurry the two pints we had. As I'm now back living in the area I'm sure I'll be back again soon.
GuidoMerry - 16 Jun 2011 11:50

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