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A pub with a nationally important historic interior

A pub with a nationally important historic interior, the result of CAMRA's pioneering effort to identify and help protect and promote the most important historic pub interiors in the country.

WEST MIDLANDS - Birmingham, Digbeth, Anchor

An historic pub interior of national importance

308 Bradford Street, Birmingham, B5 6ET

Directions: Adjacent to Digbeth Coach Station

Tel: (0121) 622 4516


Opening Hours: 5-11 Mon & Tue; 12-11 Wed; 12-Midnight Thu-Sat; 11-4am Sun

Real Ale & Cider: Real Ale and Real Cider

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Birmingham Moor Street) and Bus Stop

Listed Status: Grade II

List Entry Number: 1234167

Listing Date: 1991

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A fine red brick and terracotta pub in the typical Birmingham tradition and built in 1902. Unlike the others, it retains a three-quarter-height timber and glass screen dividing the main public bar into two. It represents one of a pair: the other ran parallel to it creating an off-sales passage from a former doorway on Rea Street. The original counter and bar-back remain to form the L-shaped servery with mirror etched panels on the two-sided bar-back fitting. There is a vestibule corner entrance but the fixed seating looks modern. As with pubs of this date and style in Birmingham there is Art Nouveau-style glass in the upper windows lights and the distinctively local geometrical coloured and patterned glass in the main parts of the windows.

Delightful small drinking area between the Rea Street entrance and the smoke room with a colourful quarry-tiled floor, door with 'Smoke Room' etched panel and etched glass in side panels, and a hatch to the side of the servery which was the original off sales with a sliding panel. At the rear the smoke room has a another etched panel in the door, original fixed seating with baffles and bell-pushes but the counter was added in the 1960s and replaces a hatch. There is another door with 'Saloon Bar' etched panel in the lobby from Bradford Street and a hatch to the side of the servery. A small room at the rear left has been brought into use.

Anchor, Birmingham, Digbeth
Anchor, Birmingham, Digbeth
Public Bar
Anchor, Birmingham, Digbeth
Right Bar
Anchor, Birmingham, Digbeth
Rear Room
Anchor, Birmingham, Digbeth
Anchor, Birmingham, Digbeth
Exterior Window
Anchor, Birmingham, Digbeth
Door Panel