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Sacks of Potatoes, Birmingham Central, Birmingham

10 Gosta Green
B4 7ER
Phone: 01215035811
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Sacks of Potatoes

Right by Aston University, but a proper pub rather than just a student bar. Partly opened-out, with various different seating areas on slightly different levels in an overall 'L' shape. Anonymous furniture and decor, but it also has some tables out front and a small rear terrace. Various food offers and weekly programme of events. Six real ales - including two each from Wye Valley and Holden's (Dark Mild and Golden Glow, £3.10 less 10% Camra discount) plus Shropshire Gold and Oakham Citra - and three Lilley's ciders on handpump.

On 7th October 2017 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about Sacks Of Potatoes

One of two pubs situated on the Aston University campus, this is by far the more traditional of the two, with none of the trappings of student pubs except, perhaps, for a reasonably priced menu. The pub has a clearly defined multiple room layout which has now sadly been opened out into one long, lopsided U-shaped room with a large seating area to the left. In the centre of the pub is the L-shaped servery with its dark wood counter, pub mirror bar back and attractive stained glass canopy. The front section opposite the bar is bare boarded with some high tables and stools under the beautiful stained glass windows which looked particularly good in the bright Spring sunshine. Lots of nice framed photos of the local area have been displayed to good effect in this space. To the left there is a carpeted open area next to the bar with a few tables and standard chairs and a nice nook to the rear with a single table under a shelving unit housing a wine bottle display. Further to the left you'll find a raised seating area which is obscured from the bar by a nice mirrored partitioning screen. Plusher seating options can be found up here, with well upholstered stools and smart banquettes under modern wallpaper and some fancy art works. An arch leads through to a nice front lounge with a large inglenook fireplace and views out across the campus. To the right of the bar is a cosy looking lounge with more comfy seating and some interesting pictures on the walls, set on a lower level to the main bar area and I think this might arguably be the best spot to grab a seat for a quiet pint. A map of the UK was hung near the bar and showed where many of the breweries featured in the pub are located, although the geographical accuracy of this is certainly up for debate. A TV screen was showing muted news coverage and a dreary soundtrack played throughout my visit, which detracted from the overall feel, as did the countless blackboards detailing food, drinks and events, which gave the place a bit of a corporate feel.
The map next to the bar hinted that some good brewers are represented here and the line up on this visit backed that up with Salopian Shropshire Gold, Taylors Landlord, Black Sheep Bitter, Woods Pot O' Gold and Kelham Island Pale Rider all available and Oakham JHB due to come on. I had a very enjoyable pint of the Shropshire Gold and was very pleased when the barmaid prompted me for a CAMRA card which entitled me to a 10% discount.
This is a pretty decent pub in a highly unpromising location . There are lots of nice features here and the place maintains a broad appeal without to much compromise, making it a very good option should you find yourself in this, otherwise underserved, part of the city.

On 18th May 2016 - rating: 7
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Thuck Phat left this review about Sacks Of Potatoes

Unusually sited amongst the modern building of Aston University is this traditional Victorian gem overlooking a green.
Some traditional touches remain such the exquisite leaded, stained glass windows at the front, Victorian style wallpaper, original arches and fireplace and plenty of dark wood. It makes for a comfortable place for a pint and food is also popular with the only drawback for me being the various muted screens showing rolling news and providing an unwelcome distraction.
The welcome was friendly and chatty in typical Brum style and a 10% CAMRA discount offered without question. There was an interesting mix of customers on our Saturday lunchtime visit with student and locals all enjoying a pint. Mind the soap dispenser in the Gents though as a squirt in the eye from it led to exclamations of 'Merde' and 'Putain' from one user who may not have been local.
Six handpumps had on only three beers alongside three coming next signs. Those present were Salopian Oracle, Backyard Blonde and Silhill Blonde Star. All good with the Oracle standing out but all around 4% and pale so the choice was limited.
I liked it here a lot, would happily return and would be more generous on the score if all six handpumps were offering a wider range.

On 21st April 2016 - rating: 7
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 18 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 18 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 18 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 06 June 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 18 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 06 April 2014 by Bucking Fastard
  • Darts : No last updated 18 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : No last updated 18 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 06 April 2014 by Bucking Fastard
  • Jukebox : No last updated 18 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 01 November 2014 by Dave McNally
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 18 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 18 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 18 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 18 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 18 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 18 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 18 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 11pm
Monday11am - 11pm
Tuesday11am - 11pm
Wednesday11am - 11pm
Thursday11am - 11pm
Friday11am - 11pm
Saturday11am - 11pm
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