An original 18th century pub, The Old Contemptibles was redeveloped at The Albion Hotel back in the gin palace boom of the 1880's but was soon returned to its former glory. Once a regular for tommies that returned from the war, The Old Contemptibles is a modest but opulent ode to the history of these brave men and soldiers.
Historical Pubs in Birmingham
From one of the oldest pubs in the United Kingdom dating back to 1368, to art-nouveau ventures that have not only stood the test of time, but taken on a life of their own; there's a whole host of historic pubs in Birmingham that refuse to bow down to modernity, instead manipulated it to turn them into the venues they are today. Check out our recommendations for the best historical pubs in Birmingham and soak up the traditional, and not so traditional features that these ageing venues have in store.
Renowned as one of the oldest pubs in Birmingham, dating back to a grand old 1368, The Old Crown is a pub in Digbeth that really has stood the test of time. Surviving two World Wars and a plethora of other harrowing events, The Old Crown not only retains its classic timber structure and white washed flecks, it retains the charm too.
Opened in 1920 by local brewers Mitchell and Butlers, The Rose Villa Tavern is a cool and quirky pub in Birmingham that has managed to retain its period features. Green tiles, art-deco features and original stone placements are original features that remain intact, even after the pub's quirky and somewhat renovation.
Built in 1901 by flagship brewers Mitchell and Butlers, The Barton Arms has been through plenty of owners looking to strip its historical. But thankfully, the Cambridgeshire brewer took a turn for the better and restored it to its original glory back in the noughties and has seen a whole host of punters looking to admire its grandiose features ever since.
A true traditional British pub in the Jewellery Quarter, The Queens Arms has had their doors open to thirsty ale drinkers since 1878. Brimming with original features and old school charm, The Queens Arms is a great place to sit back with a pint of cask ale and soak up the history of this historic district and pub in Birmingham.
A well established canal side pub in Birmingham, The Tap & Spile is full of crooked corners and hidey holes. Popular with Birmingham's grunge and metal scene, The Tap and Spile is the ideal retreat if the glitz of Broad Street makes you squint and shudder. Serving a range of cask ales, beer and pub grub, this bar in Birmingham provides the ultimate British boozer experience.