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A pub with a nationally important historic interior
This pub is taken from the national inventory of historic pub interiors, CAMRA's pioneering effort to identify and help protect the most important historic pub interiors in the country.
WEST MIDLANDS - Digbeth, Birmingham, White Swan
An historic pub interior of national importance
276 Bradford Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B12 0QY
Tel: (0121) 622 2586
Opening Hours: 12-2, 4-11 Mon-Wed; 12-11 Thu; 11-1am Fri & Sat; 12-11 Sun
Real Ale & Cider: Real Ale
Public Transport: Near Bus Stop
Listed Status: Grade II
List Entry Number: 1276272
Listing Date: 1991
The prolific local pub architects James & Lister Lea designed this ambitious red-brick and terracotta corner pub of 1899-1900 for Ansells' brewery. The tiled corridor on the left-hand side is a joy to behold and widens into a stand-up drinking area with a serving hatch. The L-shaped public bar sits in the angle of the roads and has its original counter and bar-back, the latter with a distinctive balustrade on top. Tiling covers the walls, including a pretty, swirling cornice similar to that in the corridor, whilst the ceiling is covered in copper tiles, albeit now painted over. The main internal changes are the loss of two low partitions in the public bar and insertion of a modern counter in the smoke room. The off sales, closed in 2005, still exists but is used for storage.