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The Old Contemptibles

) #54 of 1,910 Restaurants in Birmingham ££ - £££ , British,
176 Edmund Street, Birmingham B3 2HB, England
+44 121 200 3310
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Overview
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“chops” (5 reviews)
“scotch egg” (4 reviews)
“pies” (5 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00All hours
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
££ - £££
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
176 Edmund Street, Birmingham B3 2HB, England
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11 - 20 of 272 reviews

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Ideally located in Birmingham business quarter, this is probably one of the oldest pubs in the city and is known for its large beer selection. We were not disappointed on this aspect though we did find it rather quiet but then it was a weekday...More

Thank M_Steph_L
General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Stephanie, If we have a great location, a grand old pub and a wonderful beer selection (all of which are true)... What was it that stopped you giving us that fifth star that we crave?? It seems a little harsh if was only that...More

Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Great pub. Amazing interior. Large selection of beer, really good food and efficient and friendly staff. Can't go wrong

Thank mikepr59
General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

I'd say you just about have it all covered there Mike! The only you bit you missed out is just how nice our guests are. Thanks for the taking the time to give us this wonderful review.

Reviewed 10 July 2017

We had a really good lunch. We were served very well by Nathan. Good beer, good food, great service and a proper pub. Loved it! (Minor suggestion...mix & match on the sausage options would have made a good meal great)More

Thank Richdrake
General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

Dear Richdrake Thanks for a great review. I'm glad to hear Nathan is still being amazing to all of our guests. I agree with your comments and it's something that our food development team are looking at for the sausage menu. We do, however, do...More

Reviewed 9 July 2017

Had 3 nights out at the place and must say the staff are very friendly and attentive - even recognise and greet you in the street the next day. There is a wide selection of drinks for all kinds of taste and various delicious snacks/food...More

Thank picizsiri
General Manager A, General Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2017

Hi Thank you for such a nice review. You are an amazing person. I wonder is the team are maybe stalking you to say hello in the street? Glad we made a lovely impression on you. Brendan

Reviewed 7 July 2017

We go a lot at lunchtime for work lunches or just a quick drink and we have never been disappointed even with 10 in our party. Great customer service and always a smile.

Thank Sandra B
General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2017

Dear Sandra, Thanks for taking the time to review us and give us such a glowing one. We hope that you may continue coming to visit us and we hope we never let you down. See you soon. Brendan

Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

The only pub I have been into in Birmingham. Attended a meeting nearby and colleagues fancied a drink. Saw this gem and went in. A proper city pub. Nice pint of Doom Bar. Must come back and try some other beers. For city centre, I...More

1  Thank Jango1969
General Manager A, General Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

Dear Jango1969 Thanks for the lovely review. Some great compliments in there! Please do come back and try more beers and maybe some of our amazing food. Hope to see you in BrumTown again soon.

Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

Always pop in here on my way towards snow hill station, great pub with a good atmosphere. Staff are always very pleasant and helpful. Never tried the food but it always smells delicious. Will have to try food one day. Drinks prices are reasonable for...More

Thank Phill_The_Bear
General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2017

Hi Phil, Thank you so much for the nice review. The food is great, proper pub grub (but more upmarket). We have a lovely 14oz Porterhouse steak, which seems to be loved by all meat eaters! Brendan

Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

Friday evening drinks with friends. Staff great at getting customers served quickly so no standing in a crush at the bar. Tried the burgers and was not disappointed. Besides being very nice tasted and good value they were so big we did not need to...More

Thank Andy_and_A
General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2017

Hi Andy Thank you for the perfect review. So glad you had a lovely time and that the burgers filled you up so much. Hope to see you again soon. Brendan

Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

I came here last night passing through and sat here just having a drink, and one member of staff who I believe just finished work, I come here quite a bit the food is amazing as per, the ales are outstanding but your team make...More

Thank Irishkeith096
General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2017

Hi Irishkeith096 Thank you so much for the lovely review. Gareth is our Kitchen Team Leader and he is very passionate about his job. Our whole team love working here and we have a very low staff turnover which speaks volumes. Hope to see you...More

Reviewed 12 June 2017

Smart but old style pub in City Centre , as are a few in this area , rather than Modern bars. Good range of drinks , although I didn't eat here , the food I saw being served smelled and looked very appitising.More

Thank ejfraser
General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2017

I feel sad when we get 4 stars these days. Maybe it was a mistake. Maybe we did something wrong and you didn't inform us of it. Maybe I'm just being a bit soft. I'm glad my parents and children love me. You should come...More

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ramsay3268
15 May 2017|
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Response from General Manager A | Property representative |
Hi John, We are only a five minute walk from the Holiday Inn, quarter of a mile according to good old Google maps. However, it would involve a walk up a hill when walking up Livery Street. It might therefore be easier to... More
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Christian B
10 April 2016|
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Response from FBell99 | Property representative |
Hello Monday through to Saturday we serve food 11am until 10pm. Sundays we serve midday to 7pm. If I can help with anything else please let me know, Kind Regards Felicity
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$8 - US$17
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Television, Full Bar, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 20:00
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 00:00
Saturday
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 176 Edmund Street, Birmingham B3 2HB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  West Midlands  >  Birmingham
  • Phone Number: +44 121 200 3310
Description
You will find The Old Contemptibles in Edmund Street Birmingham within a short stroll of Corporation Street, Colemore Row and New Street - however you won't find another like it.Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.The Old Contemptibles is one of many rare gems in the Nicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.
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