Best Pubs in Brum?

My old Dad refused to go in to Ansells pubs, they served Castlemaine XXXX for lager and he wasn’t happy (generally, but with XXXX in particular). This isn’t the sort of thing they cover in Good Pub Guides and the like — they’re either obsessed with specific gravity and naked flames that might set off an aran jumper (CAMRA), or the qualtity of service.

Pelican Pub in Hockley, by ray_wilkes2003 on Flickr

Pelican Pub in Hockley, by ray_wilkes2003 on Flickr

Me, I like a nice pint, not too many students or drunks, a jukebox, and barstaff who are good at their job without being obsequious. And if the pub has got something odd about it, so much the better.

So with the news that there’s only one pub in Brum in the latest Good Pub Guide (the Old Joint Stock), here’s a call for your fave drinking haunts, propper boozers with something about them.

We’ve mentioned the ‘Swinging Sporran‘ (oddest pub name in Brum?) and had a review of sorts — “great pub great staff ask for dolly the gaffa’s gaffa live music mark the dj on the wkends just for the ladys”. The Bull near Lancaster Circus has got some fantastic ladies bogs:

So, odd pub tales please — fill up the comments — for reference there’s Tom Scotney’s Pub Google Map and also the Old BiNS forum Hard Pubs thread.

  • Your confusing CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide with the Good Pub Guide. The CAMRA guide is more about beer quality and service than upholstery.

  • Don’t think I am, I was just talking about pub guidebooks in general and how neither type was a good indicator for me.

  • Lazers

    The Wellington does brilliant beer. Its a tad expensive and the front of the pub stinks, but the back room is excellent and very welcoming, especially during the winter. Get the delicious German beer down followed by a swift stroll to the Wellington to shake the snow off and get a warming beer down.

    Hare and Hounds? The Bull?

  • joan flynn

    i think ansells is great thanks for sharing your fab storys well done!!!

  • me

    Best pub in Birmingham…..here it is, The Wellington….love it!
    http://thebestpubinbirmingham.wordpress.com

  • Anonymous

    the dog and mushroom,the best time of year is now,but dont get picking on the gaffer,got own free pooltable,music and free fly aigra 4 because full of chicks 4 the free rooms

  • Anonymous

    the dog and mushroom,the best time of year is now,but dont get picking on the gaffer,got own free pooltable,music and free fly aigra 4 because full of chicks 4 the free rooms

  • Anonymous

    the dog and mushroom,the best time of year is now,but dont get picking on the gaffer,got own free pooltable,music and free fly aigra 4 because full of chicks 4 the free rooms

  • Anonymous

    the dog and mushroom,the best time of year is now,but dont get picking on the gaffer,got own free pooltable,music and free fly aigra 4 because full of chicks 4 the free rooms

  • mrgarick

    the dog and mushroom,the best time of year is now,but dont get picking on the gaffer,got own free pooltable,music and free fly aigra 4 because full of chicks 4 the free rooms