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Cheers to best pubs in Brum!

Byline: ANDY RICHARDS Content Editor

HESE are the best pubs in Birmingham, according to the Campaign for Real Ale.

The Birmingham branch of real ale-loving group CAMRA has just revealed its 2017 best pub awards.

Most of those on the list have been around for a good many years and are steeped in tradition and history.

Some places will be very familiar to real ale lovers but if you haven't tried them are definitely worth a trip out.


WINNER The Inn on the Green Westley Road, Acocks Green Winner of Birmingham Pub of the Year for the third year in a row.

Licensee Brendon Daly is certainly doing something right.

Martin Collinge, spokesman for Birmingham CAMRA, said the Inn on the Green was the whole package when it came to a traditional pub offering great real ales.

He said: "Licensee Brendon gives his customers a great range of real ales every day, plus four beer festivals a year. Added to this, there is the famed craft beer bar, plus the Bottle Shed, which offers a variety of unusual beers and, of course, regular live music."

SILVER AWARD The Lamp Tavern Barford Street, Digbeth CAMRA was impressed with the variety of beers on offer and excellent live entertainment available at this Digbeth pub.

Mr Collinge said: "Eddie Fitzpatrick is at the helm of a pub which has as an interesting array of beers, plus regular folk music nights."

Bronze Award The Gunmakers Arms Bath Street, city centre CAMRA was impressed with the variety of entertainment and events as well as ten real ales.

The pub is home to the Two Towers Brewery tap, with the brewery next to the beer garden.

The Grade II-listed pub is a small traditional venue opposite the Children's Hospital, just a few minutes' walk from Snow Hill station and St Chad's Metro.

The ten handpulls serve a range of Two Towers ales and occasional guest beers.

There are also locally-sourced ciders. The pub hosts a range of events from book readings to beer festivals. Traditional pub food, often incorporating Two Towers beers, is available.

1000 Trades Frederick Street, Jewellery Quarter This place has distinctive bare boards and brickwork, and full width doors opening on to the pavement, helping to give it its distinctive atmosphere.

An independent beer bar, it has four hand pumps, usually with at least one beer from a local micro. The cask offering is supported by an interesting range of bottled beers. It runs kitchen residencies, often with street food and characterised by everchanging variety.

The Barton Arms High Street, Newtown The Barton Arms is a stunning red-bricked pub run by Oakham Brewery from Peterborough. The 1901 interior is Grade II listed and mentioned in CAMRA's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors.

It has ornate Minton tiles throughout, including a central tiled staircase, original stainedglass windows and screens on the bar.

Superb Thai food is served in the lounge. A range of Oakham Ales is available, plus usually one guest beer and a cider. Quiz night is Monday and regular music and the pub holds regular beer festivals.

The Old Moseley Arms Tindal Street, Balsall Heath The traditional 19th-century pub has an 80-inch screen for sport, the right bar has a jukebox. There is an upstairs room for functions, pool table and Sunday evening music, and there are comfy sofas in the covered garden/smoking area. A superb tandoori menu is served Monday to Saturday evenings, and from 1pm on Sunday.

Regular beer festivals feature 16 ales, cider and perry. Live music showcasing local talent is on upstairs every Sunday evening.

The Post Office Vaults New Street, city centre This subterranean pub offers an incredible range of eight traditional beers all kept in excellent condition. At least 350 different bottled beers are also available from all over the world, one of the largest ranges in the country, as well as 14 ciders and perries.

The Rock & Roll Brewhouse Regent Place, Jewellery Quarter This pub is pretty unique as it makes its own vegan beer.

Lynn Crossland and business partner Mark Shepherd run their own brewery taphouse, with a bar for people to enjoy veganfriendly beer.

What makes their beer different is the fact it is all free from isinglass, a fish component that's used in many beers and wines to give them clarity.

They also don't make milk stouts or honey beers.

The brewhouse has proved popular, with many people travelling a fair distance to try it out.

The Spotted Dog Warwick Street, Digbeth The Spotted Dog is a traditional multi-roomed pub with an Irish feel, off the beaten track but well worth a trip.

Excellent Holden's Mild is sold at a competitive price. It has a large covered garden/smoking area with heaters and a barbecue area.

There is live, traditional Irish music plays on Monday, jazz night is Tuesday, blues night Thursday.

There is a mixture of sports on a large screen TV, but especially rugby. Excellent Scotch eggs, including vegetarian and glutenfree, are sold.

The Wellington Bennett's Hill Recently refurbished and extended, with an additional upstairs bar and roof terrace beer garden, this multiple awardwinner is a veritable beer festival every day.

Sixteen ales and three traditional ciders are on handpump, and a wide selection of bottled beers and whiskies is served to a varied clientele by knowledgeable staff.

Regular quizzes, cheese nights and darts competitions are held.

No food is served, but you are welcome to take your own - plates, cutlery and condiments provided.

The Woodman New Canal Street, Digbeth This environmentally-friendly and recently-refurbished pub is Grade II listed and on CAMRA's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors.

It has a red-bricked tile and terracotta exterior, with an L-shaped bar tiled above a wooden dado.

A tiled lobby on Albert Street leads to a small, attractive drinking area, with a hatch to the servery, as well as a real fire.

Good food is served daily. It has a quiz night every Wednesday.
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Date:Feb 13, 2018
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