PUB GROUP SEEKS BIRMINGHAM’S HIDDEN TREASURES

A search for Birmingham’s hidden attractions has been launched by the Vintage Inns group of country pubs. 

The Vintage Guide to Britain aims to unearth the little-known but much-loved beauty spots, bizarre local customs, dishes and must-see sites from the capital. Vintage Inns is inviting people to submit their hidden treasures, which will be collected on the group’s Facebook page and website. 

Russell Mason of The Herons Nest in Knowle, Solihull said: “Birmingham has some amazing attractions and we are keen to celebrate and share them. “Whether it’s an ancient local tradition, fantastically idiosyncratic little shop, a long-abandoned yet beautiful Victorian folly or a walk that takes your breath away in more ways than one, we want to hear about it.” 

The submissions will be used to create the Vintage Guide to Britain, which will take the form of an interactive map, offering users a valuable resource when planning days out. “Mine is the Barbour Institute of Fine Arts. The beautiful Art Deco building houses an outstanding collection of art from the 17th – 20th century.” Russell added. “And if you’re visiting at lunchtime or in the evening you can hear the sounds of the University of Birmingham’s Department of Music fill the gallery as they play free classical concerts.” 

Submissions can be made until the end of July and the top 10 will go to a vote among the Facebook community, with a grand prize for the winning entry. To submit Hidden Treasures and find out more, log on at http://on.fb.me/K0rgZq or search for ‘Vintage Inns’ on Facebook. Alternatively e-mail your hidden treasure to vintageinns@seal.uk.com

Vintage Inn pubs and restaurants are known for their welcoming atmosphere, great food, fantastic beer gardens and real ales and are often set in stunning locations, in picturesque villages or rolling countryside. 

Vintage Inns has almost 200 pubs, from Plymouth in the South West to Inverness in Scotland.