There’s an abundance of pubs, pubs and more pubs in Birmingham, so we couldn’t be happier. Foodie pubs, that perfect mix of dinge-to-charm pubs, pubs that serve flat white BEER(??!!). Yep, we have all of them in Brummie land. So, what are you doing this weekend? Wait, stupid question. Your answer lies beneath.
Standing tall like a beacon in the night, The Fighting Cocks reigns over Moseley. Its nineteenth-century building gives way to the championed beer garden. Enjoy a roast and a pint (or four) like a true champ on the sun-kissed days that we cherish deeply.
1 St Mary’s Row, Moseley, B13 8HW
Affectionately nicknamed “The Welly”, this pub is a favourite for locals and travelling craft beer aficionados alike. Opened in 2004 through frustration at the lack of craft and real ales in Brum, The Wellington has become a success story following a building expansion in 2014. A pint isn’t dear with the average price at around £3.50, there’s plenty to choose from, and friendly bartenders on hand to guide customers with unfamiliar blends.
37 Bennetts Hill, B2 5SN
3. The Plough
A picturesque plot of beer taps and cosy seats, along with its vibrant beer garden. The Plough is hailed for its scrumptious cuisine of pub classics with a twist as well as some off-the-wall picks. And, of course, there’s a hearty selection of beers to dig into, too. Head to the garden in summer for outdoor bars serving refreshing Pimm’s, pop-up munch, and in-house DJs.
21 High Street, Harborne, B17 9NT
Known as The Trocadero since 1912, this pub is a piece of Brummie history. Prior to this, the grounds were owned by a Mr Henry Skinner, who is even rumoured to still walk the halls and knock over the occasional beer. While we cannot confirm or deny these spooky rumours, we can guarantee a relaxing pint with great food. It’s also just by New Street station, making it a perfect spot to refresh before or after a trip out of the city.
Temple Street, B2 5BG
This is the grandfather of the grandfather of the grandfather of Birmingham pubs. That’s because it resides in a grade II listed building that is claimed to date back to 1368. That makes The Old Crown the oldest secular building in Birmingham. It’s a simple and cosy pub that hosts a quaint beer garden. You would never guess it had seen two world wars and a civil war to boot while living to tell the tale.
High Street, Deritend, B12 0LD
6. The Junction
Housed in a Victorian building and delivering a slap-up Sunday roast, The Junction is a no-frills boozer that pulls no punches. Don’t be fooled, though: their food menu is divine seven days a week, with delightful dishes on offer for modest prices, especially when the quality is considered. The Junction will always be a full and joyous space for any occasion.
212 High Street, Harborne, B17 9PT
7. The Clifden
A classy outfit mixing the pub big hitters and millennial trends. For every avocado on sourdough, there’s a beer-battered cod and chips. For each flat white beer (a white breakfast stout, apparently!) there’s a trusty Guinness. It’s the everyman pub, where bearded hipsters and Villa-loving families can harmoniously glide along together. The Clifden resides in the Jewellery Quarter and hires local DJs to their warm abode in winter and their leafy beer garden in summer.
34 Great Hampton Street, B18 6AA
By order of The Peaky Blinders, we had to include this one. Another one of the vast Peaky Blinders-themed activities in Birmingham, this one is a corker to channel your inner Tommy Shelby. Bring your caps, grab a drink and party like it’s the 1920s. The Peaky Blinder is a family-run homage to the Brummie show, and a bloody good one at that.
115 Corporation Street, B4 7LS