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By Denise W.

The Crown, Station Street is owned by the same people who have made a great success on the rock scene at Birminghams No.1 Rock Pub Scruffy Murphys. Maybe we will see a reintroduction of the rock that used to take place in the upstairs room some years ago when ozzy played his first ever gig there, it would be very handy for going to eddies and the Dome II which as rumour has it going to be the new Carling Academy. So pull your finger out Lorraine we are all waiting for your next success.

By G.

A welcoming traditional style pub near the station and not far from the local theatres.

The Venue
An old traditional friendly pub, this is where Ozzy Osbourne played his first ever gig (there used to be a live music venue upstairs as well, in a former incarnation, a boxing hall). It has a black and white façade and hanging flower baskets outside and in it sports a patterned carpet, gold and red wallpaper and big gold-framed paintings on the walls. There are also stained glass windows and interesting symbolist paintings on the walls. The ceiling is quite high and painted dark pink and there’s comfortable alcove seating by the window. Altogether, the tiled up fireplace, chandeliers and mirrored columns make it look quite regal. There’s a disco on a Friday and Saturday night and occasionally live cover acts take to the tiny stage. Oh, and as well as its celebrity connections, it’s also meant to be haunted.

The People
Regulars include quite a few wags and Brummie characters—the sort of people who provided Jasper Carrott with most of his material. It’s popular in the day and is meant to be gay friendly but, if so, it’s the straightest gay pub in the world. Saturday night sees lots of young ‘uns come down and turn it into a bit of a party.

The Food and Drink
On tap you’ve got Stella, Guinness, Carling, Brew XI, Green King IPA, Worthington and Carling. In bottles there’s Woodpecker, Magner’s, Beck’s, Corona, Holsten PIls, Bulmers and Budweiser. Red, white and rose wine all costs £5.50 for a 75cl bottle and you can down £1 shots or quaff a double vodka and apple juice for £2.60. Food has just been introduced and it’s a pub grub list including sarnies (a sausage sandwich is £1.60) jacket potatoes and main meals like chilli and rice for £3.50.

The Last Word
Traditional but forward-thinking, The Crown is one of the friendliest pubs in Birmingham—and it’s also got a bit of a story to tell.