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The Shakespeare, Birmingham Central, Birmingham

31 Summer Row
Birmingham
B3 1JJ
Phone: 01212368702
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Nicholsons (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Ian Mapp left this review about The Shakespeare

Traditional Victorian red brick boozer - with some fine opulent features. Leather topped bench seating, chandeliers, gilded bass mirrors. All very consumer friendly.

Beers - three from UBU - Purity in fine nick (as you would expect from a Good Beer Guide regular) and Doombar and their won pale ale.

Bit out of the way - neither the Jewelry Qtr or the City - so an effort is required to get there. I would come back if passing.

On 27th October 2019 - rating: 6
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Quinno _ left this review about The Shakespeare

The other Bard pub in central Brum and also confusingly owned by Nicholsons as well. A real odd one though as it's off the beaten track and had little passing trade whilst the redevelopment of Birmingham went on around it. It shows too, as there was only one lone barman, no soap in the gents and a broken table. L shaped main bar with the usual modern faux Victoriana fittings, apparently a snug is located somewhere but I didn’t see it. A bit of historic interest with wonderful arched windows containing intricate square wood panes and latticing. Behind the bar is a nice quiet lounge-cum-snug. Six pumps with four ales on - genuine guests in Hop Back, Titanic and St Austell Summer Anthem (NBSS 3). One wonders what the future holds here.

On 21st July 2019 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Shakespeare

Initially looks very small for a Nicholsons, with the ceiling of the 'L'-shaped bar seeming almost as high as the room is wide or long. However, there is also a separate dining area hidden away down the back corridor plus a patio beer garden and some more furniture out on the rear pavement. The post-refurb decor is fairly ornate, but the curious glazed lantern space immediately above the main corner door is probably the most interesting and original feature. NPA, Doom Bar, Purity Pure UBU, Black Sheep Holy Grail, Hop Back Citra and Inveralmond Fair Maid from the six handpumps on this visit.

On 9th July 2016 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Andy Ven
Birmingham New Street, 0.64 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Birmingham Snow Hill, 0.64 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Jewellery Quarter, 0.73 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Shakespeare, Birmingham
27th Oct 2019, 19:43
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27th Oct 2019, 19:43
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 15 September 2019 by Quinno _
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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 15 September 2019 by Quinno _
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  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 15 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 15 September 2019 by Quinno _
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  • Micropub : No last updated 15 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 15 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 15 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 15 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 15 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 17 November 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 15 September 2019 by Quinno _
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