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The Crown, Birmingham

Corporation Street
B4 6UD
Phone: 01212367318

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Delboy 20 left this review about The Crown

Great looking pub with good service. 4 ales on including Hobgoblin Gold, Ghost Ship and a Spiced Pumpkin ale. I also noticed Camden Pale Ale. 10% discount for CAMRA members.

On 8th November 2017 - no rating submitted
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Al Bundy left this review about The Crown

A very nice looking pub. Very grand exterior with a comfortable interior that doesn't quite match the grand outer. Open plan with a central servery. 5 handpumps here but only 3 on today. Not the most inspired choice but on another day it may be better. Its a nice enough place and is pretty harmless.

On 3rd November 2016 - rating: 7
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hondo . left this review about The Crown

Large split level interior serving 5 real ales and food.

On 28th July 2015 - no rating submitted
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Danny O'Revey left this review about The Crown

24/04/2015 Revisit - Recently re-refurbed by the owners Stonegate, strangely a bit worse looking outside because of the painting but e better feel inside, with a carpeted 'lounge' at the rear. Its a bit too much of an open space with high seiling to feel comfortable but its improved. There were 2 real ales but not kept well but there did seem to be a mini beer festival on. Dirty table, but it was very busy. I think this place may continue to improve.

16/08/2010 - Excellent looking pub, that has been re-furbed in last few years. Its large, open plan with bare boards and white stripped paint with sofas at far end. Access from the City Centre has been made easier with the softening of the concrete collar in recent years, but it is still a bit hidden from the main city area. Its position opposite the Law Courts seems to add to the very mixed clientelle.

This is one of the 'great value' pubs in the City, but suffers for it here, the service is very average and the beer range ok but getting slightly ordinary - real ales EPA, Taylors Best, Everards Sunchaser

UPDATE 21/02/2012 - They appear to have listened to Real Ale Ray below, the heating was turned off during my visit & it was very cold, though it must cost a lot of money to heat a building of this age/type. Review as before otherwise, a bit tatty, beer average, but ok building/atmosphere

On 26th April 2015 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Crown

An impressive façade, and still some hints of the former hotel usage in the corridor entrance, but the interior has been remodelled extensively to leave two split-level side seating areas (one at part closed-off on a Wednesday evening) and the main bar towards the rear. High ceilings in some parts, supported by tall columns. Louder than background music. Standard Stonegate menu. Four of five handpumps on when I visited, offering Old Speckled Hen, Old Golden Hen plus two from Sadler's: Thin Ice and Peaky Blinder black IPA (£3.20).

On 24th January 2015 - rating: 6
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Old Boots left this review about The Crown

An exuberant Victorian exterior but the interior is much, much less so having been opened out with the loss of most period features and their replacement with big screens etc. The entrance corridor leads past a lower level area with modern chairs among a mix of old and new tables. Further on is the counter which has been severely savaged, opposite is a raised area of sofas and low tables and at the back the pool tables and more low leather sofas as described by BF. The paintwork is still as tatty and the beer, an odd mix from Greene King and Wye Valley (!) in less than average condition.

On 16th September 2013 - no rating submitted
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Crown

A fine Victorian exterior but the interior has seen better days.The high ceiling give a feel of grandeur and there is a large corridor entrance with a lower section to the left,a raised section further on ,opposite which is the bar.Beyond this the third section contains a pool table and many sofas.The furnishing is all a bit worn,and most of the white glossed wooden interior fittings now look dated,although the tables built around two central column were unusual.Although fireplaces remain,none were functional and the overloud rap muzak ,many fruit machines and mulitiple sofas maintained the downbeat atmosphere.I was pleased to see four handpumps with Marstons EPA as a regular and three guests from Wye Valley ;Bitter,HPA and Butty Bach.However my BB ,although clear, had that woody tang which only increased as the pint went down,so was left partially finished.On my exit ,I noticed most punters were drinking lager and my guess is that real ale turnover is low.
The food pricing here is at the 'spoons value end of the market,yet Mr Martin's empire would offer better ale quality so there is little to get me to pay another visit.In different hands this could be an interesting venue but I suspect a considerable amount of expenditure may be required to fully capture the Victorian splendour.

On 18th May 2012 - rating: 5
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Gary Reading left this review about The Crown

great range of beers in this very attractive pub - a definite favourite in town

On 21st April 2012 - rating: 8
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Crown

Attractive looking pub from the outside, but a bit shabby looking on the inside. One of those pubs were on entering your confronted with special offers plastered all over the walls. Also couldn't understand why the heating was full on, when it was such a mild day the place was stifling. Four ales on Ruddles, Timothy Taylor, Marston's Pedigree and ESB.

On 31st October 2011 - rating: 5
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Andy Ven left this review about The Crown

This pub was refurbed in the last few years and very much needed it. The interior is now a much lighter shade and laminate? floor has replaced the old carpet. For me, it lacks some atmosphere but it still can get busy at lunchtime - the food is typical pub grub.

Two handpulls of changing guest ales (sadly they ran out on my last visit on a Friday lunchtime a few weeks back).

My assessment is that it's OK. You could find worse places and it's a lot better than it used to be but I never feel really settled in there.

On 8th April 2010 - rating: 6
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