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The Old Contemptibles, Birmingham Central, Birmingham

176 Edmund Street
Birmingham
B3 2HB
Phone: 01212003310
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Nicholsons (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Delboy 20 left this review about The Old Contemptibles

Impressive Nicholson's pub which is very handy for Snow Hill station and I call in quite often before getting my train home. It always seems to be busy and I have never had a bad pint in here. There is also usually a good choice of beers on. I remember how bad this pub was before Nicholson's took it over! Well worth a visit in my opinion.

On 16th December 2018 - no rating submitted
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moby duck left this review about The Old Contemptibles

Typical Nicholson's pub with a rather poor beer selection,only a choice of four beers, that said my Yorkshire Brewery Blackout porter was a decent beer, the food was also decent despite the best part of a half hour wait. A pub that serves its purpose but one I wouldn't rush back to.

On 8th October 2017 - rating: 5
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Malden man left this review about The Old Contemptibles

An imposing Victorian building occupying a large corner site, the building has notably proportioned windows and elegant stonework. Named in "honour" of Kaiser Wilhems derogatory insult about the British Expeditionary Force in WW1 and celebrated by the murals of soldiers from the Great War above the bar. The main room has the bar opposite on entering, a dark wood affair that looks relatively recent, this room is an elongated L-shape and has a polished boarded floor, a blood red Lincrusta style ceiling and elaborate cornices. Leaded obscure windows with stained glass inserts, the entrance lobby has hops draped over the canopy. There is a large old looking Bass mirror and various bits of framed stuff, globe lights and fancy chandeliers hanging from chains. A ledge had seasonal daffodils in a series of glasses which looked the part, the 6 Nations flags though spoiled the rather reverent feeling interior a bit I thought. Seating at red leather button backed banquettes and the usual chairs although there is the occasional high table. Another snug like room to the rear is The Campaign Room and has more WW1 militaria but seemed to be dining only with some tables already reserved.
Being a Nicholson's pub you generally will get some decent beer choices and here was not an exception. 10 handpumps, nine were on; three from Sharp's, Two Tides, Atlantic and the ubiquitous Doom Bar, Nicholson's Pale Ale (St Austell), Purity Pure Ubu, Brain's Rev James, Blackwolf Brewery Florida Black plus Thatcher's Cheddar Valley cider and Weston's Rosie's Pig. One missing, I think a pump was unclipped or perhaps reversed.
Previous reviews are mixed, certainly regarding busy evening times but at teatime on a Monday this was a very pleasant spot indeed.

On 19th April 2017 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Graham Coombs
Birmingham Snow Hill, 0.23 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Birmingham Moor Street, 0.52 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Birmingham New Street, 0.55 miles, 10 min walk (show)
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27th Jan 2019, 19:50
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  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 02 August 2015 by hondo .
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 02 August 2015 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 13 November 2014 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes - O2 wifi - last updated 02 August 2015 by hondo .
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