Three star - A pub interior of exceptional national historic importance
This pub is currently closed (since 13/08/2022)
Listed Status: IINew Canal Street
Tel: (0121) 643 4960
Real Ale: Yes
Real Cider: Yes
Lunchtime Meals: Yes
Evening Meals: Yes
Nearby Station: Birmingham Moor Street
Station Distance: 550m
Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Birmingham Moor Street) and Bus Stop
View on: Whatpub
Currently closed - long-term leaseholder departed after struggling for trade due to HS2 works nearby. No current indication whether freeholders intend to bring in new leaseholders.
Reopened in 2013 after restoration by sympathetic new owners. Built in 1896-7 for Ansells' Brewery, this is one of the finest of the many Birmingham tiled and terracotta pubs designed by James & Lister Lea. It stood, for many years, unloved in an urban wasteland but recent developments around it helped secure its future. The main bar, now one room, but once two split by a partition, is dominated by the splendid bar counter and even grander bar-back. The room has much excellent Minton tiling. To the right is a small drinking corridor, also sumptuously tiled. An angled door leads to the true marvel which is the smoke room, with more glorious wall tiling, a lovely marble fireplace, an old mirror set into the tiles, bench seating all round and a large hatch to the bar with glazed panel above. Returning to the main bar, and ahead of the corner entrance, a snug occupies what had been a plain back room, brought into pub use at a later date.