Quality Hotel Birmingham South NEC
47-49 Sherbourne Road
Birmingham, EN B27 6DX
Phone: (44) 121 706-5900
Fax: (44) 121 624-5900
47-49 Sherbourne Road Acocks Green, Birmingham, EN, GB, B27 6DX
- Phone: (44) 121 706-5900
- Fax: (44) 121 624-5900
Bars & Cafes
The Redhill Tavern dates from the arts and crafts era at the turn of the century, as its architecture suggests. It was renovated quite recently, but fairly sympathetically. Of particular interest is a frieze at first floor level with a quotation, which goes "St George he was for England and before he slew the dragon, he drank a mug of foaming ale from out a British flagon". St George would find his British flagon full of beer from the M&B brewery here.
The Lyndon is situated in a popular residential area south-east of the city center and dates from the 1930s. It has been refurbished within the last couple of years and makes for a pleasant watering hole, where you can also get a decent bite to eat. The Lyndon is firmly a family pub, having three rooms, one of which is specifically intended for families. Outside there is a large adventure playground for the kids, so this pub is very popular in hot weather. A spacious dining area offers good basic food, not hugely exciting, but definitely a cut above the standard pub grub with a few unusual inclusions.
Recommended in many guides to good food, the Rajnagar deals in Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine of a very high standard. That's why you have to pay a little more here than in some curry houses of less repute. All food here comes recommended, particularly the many fish dishes (including Bangladeshi specialties) and any of the Chef's Specials. Other factors that may interest are car parks at the front and rear, air-conditioning and a no-smoking policy.
The Wagon and Horses is a very popular family pub/restaurant on the main A45 about ten kilometers (six miles) from the city center. The building itself dates from about the 1930s, and the pub/restaurant is part of the Beefeater chain. It's comfortable and well patronized by families with a good sprinkling of business people. Food is basic but pleasant, and there are some more unusual dishes and specials too. The restaurant is non-smoking.
The Bull's Head is a large pub/restaurant, situated on the busy A34 Stratford Road, south of the city centre. The pub includes comfortable sofas and open fires, creating a relaxed and informal atmosphere. There is a landscaped patio area, good disabled access and the pub attracts a mixed clientele. Food, which consists of traditional favourites such as steak, fish and chips, gammon, and scampi is only served from noon until 8p.
Not to be confused with the Harvester chain of pub/restaurants of which the nearby Arden Oak Harvester is one, The Harvester is quite different. Dating from around the 1950s, it is a popular suburban local and was last refurbished in 1998. This is definitely a pub with local appeal, not fashionable and not trying to be. The landlord is a keen real ale fan, and while he's not able to offer a vast selection, you can rely on at least one or two good guest beers.
The further away from city centre you go, it seems, the more likely you are to find a Harvester pub. These big, friendly, homogenized places are great if you have kids and you're after a child-friendly environment that won't cost the earth. They also have the benefit of dishing up something children eat - usually from a specially designed Kiddies Klub menu, or some such similar. The Arden Oak will serve adults with surprisingly tasty treats too, such as hickory smoked ribs or marinated cuts of flame-grilled meats. Unfashionable maybe, but cheerily nonthreatening.
A small bar that has some of the friendliest staff around, Patrick Kavanagh's is named after an Irish poet and novelist famed for an anti-social lifestyle. That cannot be said for the clientele here though, and there is an engaging atmosphere most nights of the week. Service is excellent even when packed at weekends and there's a fair choice of beers too. For an almost authentic Irish bar feel, you won't find many better alternatives.
Moseley's most popular pub, patronized by students and locals of all social classes. It's very traditional in appearance, with one main bar and a couple of cozy back rooms, and has a solid range of well-kept beverages (notably Burton Ale). The near proximity of some excellent balti houses makes this a perfect starting and finishing point for a Friday night curry jaunt, but equally good for an all day session.
The Adam & Eve is a fine undertaking on Bradford Street. The décor possesses a fusion of elegance and modern art. Quite a few television screens are placed around the bar for all sports fanatics. Also, live music is performed regularly by various local bands and artists to give a boost to the entertainment factor. This bar is quite a big one as it not only serves drinks at great prices but also provides accommodation. Single rooms, double rooms and even family rooms are available with televisions and coffee making machines. With so much to offer, the Adam & Eve is certainly not like any other bar.
The Moseley Arms pub serves well kept pints. For sports' fans there's a large screen showing major matches and events upstairs. Check website for further details.
In spite of its name, this is not a continental style bistro but a small and inexpensive cafe close to the city center. It has a smart green and yellow color scheme on the outside and is tidy enough on the inside. Also on offer is an all-day breakfast, which includes bacon, egg, sausage and beans.