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The Craven Arms is a traditional pub in the heart of Birmingham serving real ales, a fine selection of wines and spirits plus a wide range of beers. They also offer a traditional pub menu with great food.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
Mon-Tue 08:00-23:00
Wed 08:00-00:30
Thu 08:00-23:00
Fri 08:00-01:30
Sat 11:00-01:30
Sun 00:00 - 22:30

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By Dennis P.

Although the beer here is good it is very disappointing that the so called manager here is so racist against the English. My friends went into an empty pub tonight and asked why wearing a red rose. On the obvious reply of St Georges day were told only an excuse for racism. As nobody had actually spoken bar asking for a round it seemed a little surprising, and more importantly disappointing. As living only yards away I can say I will not visit again. Initially disappointed by no music or TV thought he had someting to offer but apparently puts on for himself when no-one there. Suggest you go to Pennyblacks down the road as only racism seems to be landlord


By Lesley S.

I was brought up in this pub the craven arms which has always been amazing. My parents run this pub for 8 years when the royal mail staff used this pub as there local drinking place. Today i went back to have a look at the pub but it was closed with refurbishment going on. I peeped through the lounge window which use to have pictures of the royal mail trains on the walls. I felt quite sad that it has changed so much. I was 13 when i lived there and also brought 2 of my children up there im now 54 My dads name was Douglas and my Mum Rose Poole would love to know if anyone remembers us. Miss this pub so much great times were add.Lesley Savery


By G.

An attractive and cosy little traditional pub which is well maintained and always extends a warm welcome.

The Venue
The Craven Arms is an old fashioned and pretty small Victorian style pub that's a stone’s throw from that ode to urban modernity that is The Mailbox. But it’s a world away from all that corporate chainery and complex thinking and has light and dark blue glazed tiles on the outside and its name is engraved on the windows.

A tiled mural above the door dates the place back to 1836 and inside it’s intimate with shiny brass-fitted lamps, a wooden floor and a green tiled fireplace. The colours are creams and scarlets and it has a low cream ceiling and a brass rail at the bar which is lined with high stools. It opens early - at 8am incredibly - to catch the manual workers and early risers around the area at breakfast.

The People
The bar staff are very friendly as are the mixed group of punters who have shirked The Mailbox for something a bit more historic and are generally a little older. It has a strong group of regulars and so it feels like a proper community pub.

The Food and Drink
On draught there’s Carling, Strongbow, Banks’ original, Marston’s Pedigree and Stella Artois. And in bottles you’ve got Stella, Beck’s, Corona, Budvar and Magner’s. The menu consists of sandwiches, jacket potatoes, soups, salads and burgers, all at very reasonable prices. A burger costs around £3.75, as does a chicken club sandwich. The full English breakfast is worth a punt too, if your cholesterol levels can take it.

The Last Word
A popular, cosy Victorian drinking hole that is attractive, warm and inviting.