This pub is a veritable slice of history and if you like historic pubs it's the top of the tree in Birmingham.
Dating back to 1386 The Old Crown is undisputedly the oldest pub in Birmingham as well as the oldest example of a timber-framed house still standing in the city. This is also the area where Berma’s tribe, who gave the city its name, settled way back in the 7th century.
Its Elizabethan-style black beams against a white facade and colourful hanging flower baskets make it almost like a country pub. There’s the main bar area and, off that, four other rooms which are mainly used for dining. There are masonic symbols in the low, beamed ceiling and lots of flower baskets, as well as exposed brickwork and fabric lampshades on the walls.
It’s all very warm and cosy with rickety wooden floor, stained glass, a big clock on the wall and pictures of English kings and queens everywhere (Queen Elizabeth I stayed a night here). You’ve got a lovely, small sheltered outside drinking area too with a view on to the aqueduct ahead and the church to the side. They also have rooms upstairs.
You get a really mixed crowd here, from locals and regulars to out-of-town visitors and foreign tourists. It’s very popular for a family gatherings and birthday parties.
The Food and Drink
On draught you’ve got Kronenbourg, Stella, Strongbow, Guinness, Bank’s Original and Bitter and Foster’s. And in bottles there Budweiser, Peroni, Beck’s and Magners. The sandwiches are of the doorstop variety and very filling at just £2.50 each or you can get a ploughman’s lunch for £5.25. Homemade soup of the day is £2.50 and, more substantially, a roast lamb shank with mash is £6.95.
The Last Word
If you have a friend visiting from abroad this is the place to show them what a real English pub is like.