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The Head of Steam, Birmingham

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36 Temple Street
Birmingham
B2 5DP
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Reviews of The Head of Steam (Average Rating: 8 of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

Rob Hunter left this review about The Head of Steam

Four years have passed since my previous visit, so I was pleased to call in again earlier this month. Different sections and levels with the almost-outdoors lower seating area, then the main bar up the steps, then a further level to the front inside. The central island bar sported seven available cask options, with a mix of styles represented.

Service was friendly, albeit there was a small delay in being served as it seemed that not everyone behind the bar was actually serving customers.

I went for Green Duck The Storm (4.6% stout) and Meanwood New Normal (5.6% old ale) - both pleasant but The Storm was more to my taste.

Friendly service and decent ale selection means this will be on the cards for a return visit.

On 21st August 2023 - rating: 8
[User has posted 761 recommendations about 606 pubs]


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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Head of Steam

After a couple of quick ones in Tilt, I paid a return visit to the Head of Steam on Saturday morning. The pub doesn't normally open at midday, but does open at 11am on a Saturday. This seems to have escaped most peoples' attention, as it was completely empty, apart from the bar staff. Completely the opposite end of the spectrum from the queueing endured on my last visit in May 2021.

We had the choice of seating on this occasion, instead of being forced to sit near the door. So, I got a better chance to survey the surroundings. In fact, the pub is split over 3 levels, with the entrance at street level, the main bar area up a few steps and a further area at the front of the pub if you double back up more steps.

The real ale selection this time around was much more limited. Just the 4 were on - Cameron's Road Crew, Magic Rock Ringmaster, Hobson's Citra Mosaic & Siren Memento. There was no sign of a real cider on this occasion, whilst there were still plenty of craft beers. Despite the queuing last time around, I think I preferred that visit to the quietness of the pub and the scarcity of the beers and ciders this time around.

Original review May 2021:

Head of Steam pubs are always fairly reliable and this one was no exception.

The only drawback was a queue to get in on Saturday evening. With only 5 people ahead of us in the queue, it was still a good 15-minute wait, despite around 20 people having left during that time.

We were seated at the table nearest the door, which had been free since the time we'd arrived! Nevertheless, the ale range here is as good as in other branches I've visited. Cameron's Sanctuary is the regular real ale. Guests were Vocation Bread & Butter, Shiny Moa & Halton Turner Whiplash. Snail's Bank Raspberry Ripple was the real cider.

Craft beers included Lervig House Party, Northern Monk Eternal, Halton Turner Beverly Hills Hop 2, Gweilo East & West Pale Ale, Deya Steady Rolling Man, Tooth & Claw Squeeze Please & Pilsner, Huyghe Delirium Red, La Chouffe Blonde, Vocation Sweet Temptation & Neon Raptor Abandoned Dragons.

The pub is split over 2 levels, with the bar itself on the upper level and the majority of seating spread around it. With plenty of food also being consumed, it is easy to see why this place is so popular. However, with this the last of the city centre pubs to complete the Good Beer Guide entries again, we moved on to further conquests.

On 16th August 2022 - rating: 6
[User has posted 2550 recommendations about 2549 pubs]


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Brainy Pool left this review about The Head of Steam

My first ever pint in Birmingham, a Vocation Naughty & Nice Marshmallow Stout. It was nice, with a pretty good lunchtime sandwich. The pub had the usual decent Head of Steam atmosphere and friendly staff, dealing with complex beer orders from gangs of blokes. Definitely one of the good pub chains, and it continues to be reliable wherever I find it.

On 6th February 2022 - rating: 7
[User has posted 1074 recommendations about 1039 pubs]


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Map location corrected by Delboy 20
Birmingham New Street, 0.29 miles, 5 min walk (show)
Birmingham Snow Hill, 0.33 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Birmingham Moor Street, 0.39 miles, 7 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Head of Steam, Birmingham
21st Aug 2023, 18:47
Review submitted by Rob Hunter
 
16th Aug 2022, 09:43
Review submitted by Blue Scrumpy amended by Blue Scrumpy

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 15 September 2019 by Quinno _
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  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - Discount amount not stated by Birmingham CAMRA - last updated 10 January 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 15 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 15 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 15 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 10 January 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Function Room : No last updated 15 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 15 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 15 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 15 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 07 June 2018 by hondo .
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 10 January 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 10 January 2019 by ROB Camra
  • 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 _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 15 September 2019 by Quinno _
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