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Requested be closed with reason - Other: Hasn't reopened after lockdown 2.

The Sly Old Fox, Birmingham

54-56 Hurst Street
B5 4TD
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Sly Old Fox

I did wonder if this pub had had a recent refurbishment as it struck me as being quite clean and smart on entering.
It clearly now has a focus on food as for us also the larger carpeted back room tables were all in use when we entered on last Sunday lunchtime with people eating but we managed to get a spare table in the more pub like front bar.
It has all the hallmarks of a modern gastro pub, with its grey pastel colour scheme, shiny bar top and modern metal racking bar back but good to see all the decorative fox themed glazed windows still all in place and especially around the entrance between the bars. And the food menu remains proper pub grub with all the usually crowd-pleasing favourites such as Steak and Mushroom Pie, Lamb Shank, Beer battered fish and chips e.t.c. And although I was slightly concerned by the promotion of an “English Tapas Menu”, this was basically small pork pies, sausage rolls and scotch eggs with different fillings.
On the Ale front St Austell’s Tribute and Propper Job, Sharps Doom Bar, and Wye Valley Butty Bach and HPA were on the pumps and the Proper Job and Butty Batch we tried were well kept.
We did eat here also and the food was very good as well.
This pub also has the advantage of being straight across the road from the wonderful National Trust maintained Back to Backs, which I can thoroughly recommend booking to take a look at. It takes about 90 minutes to do the tour around this historic piece of period Birmingham housing stock, by which time you’re ready for a pint. Just a shame there wasn’t a mild on offer…

On 11th March 2019 - rating: 7
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Delboy 20 left this review about The Sly Old Fox

Very busy on my early Friday evening visit. Reasonable choice of beers including Butty Bach, Proper Job and Doom Bar. I tried the Proper Job and another I can't remember. Both were in good shape. Happy to call in again.

On 12th February 2019 - no rating submitted
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Rob Hunter left this review about The Sly Old Fox

Visited on Sunday with family. It was pretty busy but we managed to find a small table in the front room. There is a larger room to the rear but this looked more set up for dining with its layout of tables and chairs and was completely full. Apparently had a refurb a couple of months ago, and looks smart and welcoming from the outside. At the bar were five hand pulls, one of which was off and the others were Doom Bar, St Austell Proper Job, Wye Valley Butty Bach, and something else I can't remember. All the pumps had the big solid metal pump clips so assume they are permanent fixtures rather than rotating guests. The real ale seems to be kept well even if nothing out of the ordinary. Hot drinks are also served. According to their Facebook page their jukebox survived the refurb. Nice to visit for one.

On 14th November 2018 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Andy Ven
Birmingham New Street, 0.3 miles, 5 min walk (show)
Birmingham Moor Street, 0.51 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Birmingham Snow Hill, 0.85 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Sly Old Fox, Birmingham
25th Aug 2021, 18:59
Request to mark pub as closed by ROB Camra approved
25th Aug 2021, 18:59
Request to mark pub as closed submitted by ROB Camra, with included notes: Other: Hasn't reopened after lockdown 2.

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  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 14 November 2018 by Rob Hunter
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 14 November 2018 by Rob Hunter
  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 24 November 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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