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By G.

A stalwart city centre boozer which plays host to shoppers and office workers alike.

The Venue
You can’t get more central than The Shakespeare on Lower Temple Street. It's wedged between New Street and on the slope down towards Stephenson Street. And you can’t blame it for plundering some of the tourist trade that stems from being in the general vicinity of The Bard’s old stomping ground (as that’s the only discernable link Bill had to this place).

The exterior is yellow with gold signage and there are a few cordoned-off tables and chairs outside which are always occupied on a Saturday afternoon. Inside it’s a medium-sized gaff with a dark wooden floor in the bar area and a more formal carpetted seating section at the back where people tend to order food. It’s got cream walls and chandelier lamps hanging from the ceiling. Seating is on pouffees and regular wooden tables and chairs. There are modern art pictures on the walls too.

The People
As a result of its location The Shakespeare’s crowd is rather transitory especially on the weekend when it’s made up mainly of shoppers, visitors and men glued to the sport on telly while waiting for their partners to come back from the shops. In the week it’s a little more stable with a steady lunchtime trade.

The Food and Drink
You’ve got Kronenbourg and Carlsberg on draught alongside Foster’s, Carling, Stella, Strongbow, Guinness Bombadier and Adnam’s. And in bottles there’s Beck’s, Budweiser, Lech, Tyskie, Corona and Peroni, as well as bottles of Jacques, Kopparberg, Brother’s, Bulmer’s and Magner’s ciders.

It’s just £2.99 for a double and mixer and cocktails are £2.99 by the glass or £7.99 a pitcher. As far as wines go you can get a bottle of Blossom Hill for £5.95. And the food here is popular. It consists of pub classics such as filled jacket potatoes, burgers, ciabattas, paninis, salads and ‘meal steals’ from £2.99. A burger and chips is £3.25.

The Last Word
A city centre pub which is busy, more than anything else, due to its prime location.