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10th Anniversary Pub Crawl in Birmingham with Tris39 on the Pub Forum

Dame Alice Owen, EC1

292-294 St. John Street

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Tris C left this review about The Blacksmith and the Toffeemaker

Dating back over 200 years in some form, this pub was until fairly recently trading under its original name of the [New] Red Lion and acquired its current stupid name in 2012.

We arrived mid-evening and mid-week to find an empty pub, bar a rather noisy seemingly student party in the rear bar; a gastropub this is not as there was no-one dining and the menu is far from gastro, seemingly drawn in part from a Jewish deli. There are some nice glazed tiles to the exterior which are mirrored in the interior and look rather good; an old roundel above the hanging sign - sadly painted over - indicates that this was once a Watney Combe Reid pub and this information has been retained in the form of an illuminated parapet to the bar back which reads 'Welcome to this Watney's House'. These are about all that remains of this commanding corner pub. Today, there are unnecessary 'trendy' modern touches, a tiled floor and ugly ventilation ducts. Furniture in the middle bar comprises ridiculously high tables and stools with spindly metal legs; absolutely awful!

The barman didn't seem interested in his work and English wasn't his strong point. Ales on offer were Deuchars IPA and Caledonian Flying Scotsman (I'm not a fan of either) as well as Blacksmith's Golden Ale and Sheppard Neame's Spitfire which was fine.

This is a dreary place and I can't see myself returning - The Peasant down the road is marginally preferable.

On 13th March 2016 - rating: 3
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hondo . left this review about The Blacksmith and the Toffeemaker

Tiled exterior and interior. 4 real ales and food served.

On 20th March 2014 - no rating submitted
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Graham Coombs left this review about Boadicea

Now a gastropub called 'The Blacksmith and the Toffeemaker'

On 16th March 2012 - no rating submitted
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Boadicea

Formerly the Queen Boadicea, this place initially looks like its now called "BC" from the initials on the awnings and the pub sign (although this appreviation appears to stand for 'Boadicea Clerkenwell'). One is then struck by the plain dark red tiling on the ground floor walls, an impression which is then reinforced as you step inside as the floors and walls are decorated in the same manner which gives a very harsh look. The windows are quite large and appear to be modern, as does the patterned metal grill false ceiling. The furniture in the bar area - with its signage saying "Welcome to this Watneys house" - and corner lounge are a bit gastro-pub style, unlike the clientele which mainly seems to comprise students from the nearby City University (and who were displaying a distinct lack of interest in the chap trying to run a quiz night). Two beers on handpump - Deuchards IPA and the seasonal Caledonian Oktoberbest (tasty enough, but very expensive at £3.80).

On 6th November 2010 - rating: 6
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