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Goose at the OVT, Birmingham

561 Bristol Road
Selly Oak
Postal town: Birmingham
B29 6AF
Phone: 01214723186
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Alan Winfield left this review about Goose at the OVT

The Goose is a large and grand looking pub that is on Selly Oak's main shopping street.
Once inside there is a large T shaped room with the front area running the width of the pub,the bar is in the middle area of the large room,there is a pool table to the front right,the seating is mainly normal tables and chairs and some high bench seating,the front left side is up two steps.
There were plenty of TVs showing the FA Cup Final.
There were five real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Wye Valley HPA,which was a very nice drink,the other real ales were Wye Valley Butty Bach,Adnams Broadside,Doom Bar and GK IPA.
The pub was very busy on my Late Saturday afternoon visit with mainly students.
I was happy enough having a drink in this pub.

Pub visited 26/5/2017

On 6th August 2017 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Goose at the OVT

Imposing building with the Holt Brewery name still visible on the façade, but nowadays sadly run by Stonegate as a sub-'spoons outlet. Mind you, despite some opening out towards the back of the 'T'-shaped bar, there are still a number of interesting features (including wood and tiled panelling to about 2/3rds height, some remaining stained glass and a bold moulded ceiling). Mix of furniture and a plethora of food / drink offer material. Substantial patio beer garden to the rear. Surprisingly, perhaps, not a bad selection of real ales from the two banks of three handpumps, including two from Wye Valley - The Hopfather and HPA (like the rest, £2.50 on a Tuesday).

On 25th June 2017 - rating: 6
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Goose at the OVT

An imposing building which was called The Bournbrook Hotel when I was a student here in the 70's,it's now owned by Stonegate and saddled with the odd name of Goose at the OVT (It was also once called the Old Varsity Tavern).Enough remains of the Victorian interior to warrant a visit,the moulded ceiling,quarry tiling by the bar,the stained glass upper windows and the green tiling are all very pleasing.However it's been knocked about and the open plan layout,multiple flatscreens and inane muzak all smack of an uncaring chain ethos.My son even asked if it was a 'spoons and told me that most of his generation of students tend to frequent the trendier establishments closeby and leave this pub to the more mature.(However there are very cheap deals here on the smooth flow and keg crap.)It was certainly busy for a Monday lunchtime,and the large rear terrace was proving popular in the fine weather.
The food offering is very much pub grub,but I was pleasantly surprised by seeing six handpumps drawing Purity Mad Goose (£3,a bit too cold but in reasonable condition)Thornbridge Kipling,Adnams Ghost Ship (doubled up),GK IPA and OSH.The pub has both Sky and BT Sports so expect a lot of footie coverage.Better than I thought it would be ,and for the real ale drinker decent for the area ,I only wish that some of the Victorian splendour could be recaptured when it's time for a refurb.And why not reinstate the Old Varsity Tavern name,so beautifully picked out in the tiling, as the pub must now be the nearest to the University following the demise of The Gun Barrels.

On 22nd September 2014 - rating: 6
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Selly Oak, 0.45 miles, 8 min walk (show)
University, 0.52 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Bournville, 1.53 miles, 29 min walk (show)
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  • Beer Garden : Yes - Large concrete patio - last updated 22 September 2014 by Bucking Fastard
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 22 September 2014 by Bucking Fastard
  • Live TV Sports : Yes - Sky and BT Sports - last updated 22 September 2014 by Bucking Fastard
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 22 September 2014 by Bucking Fastard
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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