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The Craven Arms, Birmingham

Upper Gough Street
B1 1JG
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Craven Arms

2020 Good Beer Guide Tick thats long been on the list to visit but is slightly out of the City Centre..... although very handy if you are attending the 02 Academy.

Heaving - all the other punters were also attending the 02 Academy :-)

Typical Black Country Ales Pub - classic pubby feel, their signature ales and other rotating guests - all displayed on TV screens.

TItanic Glacial and Oakham Citra in good condition.

Worth seeking out.

On 23rd December 2019 - rating: 7
[User has posted 691 recommendations about 685 pubs]

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Thuck Phat left this review about The Craven Arms

A change in management at the Craven Arms has seen some changes.
It is still very clearly the Victorian street corner boozer it always was and the changes are subtle:
There is now a tv by the bar where the beer board was.
A flat screen beer board is in the far corner from the door.
The service was surly, having previously been friendly and informs the pubs atmosphere.
Short measures were served on every pint and only adjusted when top ups asked for.
Cask beers on were: Black Country Ales - Fireside, BFG, Pig on the Wall and Plum Pig as regulars with guests Kinver Lunar Landing, VOG South Island, Milestone Azacca, Newbridge Little Fox and Swan Priory Porter plus two ciders.
Keg: Salopian Slipstream and Midnight Express, Fixed Wheel Off and Through and Duvel Vedett Extra Blonde.
All that we tried was in good shape but none of the cask beers were over 5% with the strongest guest 4.6%.
Still worth a visit for the extensive range but no longer the go to Birmingham boozer.
Not what it was.

The Craven Arms is the epitome of a Victorian city pub standing on a quiet corner just behind The Mailbox.
The exterior is spectacular and is entirely tiled in blue and yellow completed with etched windows. I learnt that the tiling made it easier to wash down any customer vomit which may well still hold true.
The pub is already well described so I'll skip that but the friendly and knowledgable service is worth noting. We visited on a Thursday evening and whilst it was always busy, it wasn't overcrowded and being served was never an issue. The clientele is mixed and it's very easy to get involved in beer related conversation with those drinking at the bar.
Beers available were: Black Country BFG, Pig on the Wall and Fireside as regulars alongside Siren Craft Sound Wave, Love of Work and Broken Dream, Burton Bridge Golden Delicious, Alchemy Kairos IPA, Arbor Why Kick a Moo Cow and Tiny Rebel Loki Lite. A great choice across both strengths and styles and all that we tried was superb.
A tremendous city centre pub.

On 8th April 2019 - rating: 10
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Rob Hunter left this review about The Craven Arms

I found myself in Birmingham earlier in the week so decided to pay a visit to the Craven Arms on my way in to the centre. Nine hand pulls for ale with one of these off at the time of my visit. Of these nine, three were by Black Country Ales and the rest guests. In addition there are two hand pulls round the side of the bar for real cider. An electronic beer board lists the cask, keg and craft can offerings complete with prices.

Pies and sandwiches are available but no hot food. I went for a pork pie to go with my Fireside bitter, both of which were very pleasant.

The pub was quiet on my 12:30pm-ish visit midweek, with just one guy who appeared to have come in to down a coffee and make awkward small talk with the barman, another chap who came in just to use the toilet (and got suitably pulled up for doing so by the barman) and another chap who came in asking strange questions about what was the "newest" beer before ordering a pint which then appeared to disappear also in record time. He also made a strange comment to the barman about the pub being small but "still OK" which I think went down like a lead balloon.

I had definitely put deodorant on that day, so the quick departure of these customers cannot be blamed on me!

This is a small, quiet traditional pub, everything reasonably priced, decent ale selection, clean and tidy, no nonsense, just a solid boozer. Worth a visit.

On 28th February 2019 - rating: 8
[User has posted 540 recommendations about 481 pubs]

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Birmingham New Street, 0.42 miles, 8 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 13 November 2014 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 13 November 2014 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 17 November 2014 by Gill Smith
  • Car Park : No last updated 13 November 2014 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 13 November 2014 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 10 May 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : No - Bring your own and staff will sort crockery - last updated 13 November 2014 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No - Saturday - last updated 13 November 2014 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 13 November 2014 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 13 November 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2015 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 13 November 2014 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 29 July 2015 by hondo .
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