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The Old Contemptibles

₱₱ - ₱₱₱, British,
176 Edmund Street, Birmingham B3 2HB, England
+44 121 200 3310
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Overview
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“haggis” (5 reviews)
“chops” (7 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM Hours
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
₱₱ - ₱₱₱
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LOCATION
176 Edmund Street, Birmingham B3 2HB, England
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1 - 10 of 419 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

I was very impressed with the quality of my drink and food, I only had a sandwich but it hit the spot and chips were included in price, it was quieter than when I had previously gone in on Fridays but this allowed me to...More

Thank danl0uise
General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hi Danl0uise I'm so pleased to see you had a fantastic visit to the Old Contemptibles!! We do have a great selection of sandwiches that everyone can choose from also. Elena has a cracking personality, it really does make a difference when our guests feel...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a fantastic night, food and real ale excellent. Staff were really friendly and helpful. Food arrived after 15 minutes from ordering and was of a high standardMore

Thank martinnandshellnash
General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Martinnandshellnash I'm very happy to see you had a fantastic evening!! The team have a such a high standard of professionalism when serving guests and this showed when you visited. I will pass on these great comments to the team as they will be...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I am so pleased that I decided to book a table here. We went as a part of 10 for a Hen Party, the table was ready for us when we arrived, even though we were nearly an hour early. We were given 2 bottles...More

Thank klh1988
General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Klh1988 Thank you for the lovely review. It was certainly our pleasure to be of service to you and your vuvuzelas on Saturday. We are glad you had such a wonderful time. You are more than welcome to come back! Although, not giving us...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lunchtime menu is interesting enough. You can have the offer of scampi and a drink, or even steak and a drink, as well as other combinations. The food is brought to your table and there is no rush to leave. It's got some interesting...More

Thank marg826
General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Marg826 Thank you for a lovely review. Nice and detailed. It's a pity we couldn't get that excellence badge off you though. Could you tell us what we did wrong if you ever review us again please? We like to be able to improve...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sat outside in the sunshine, had a couple of drinks, barmaid friendly,very old pub, nice atmosphere.

Thank Julie L
General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Julie, Thank you so much for this. Glad you enjoyed it. Its a lovely part of Birmingham and a glorious pub. Regards Brendan

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The staff are really nice here. We were well accommodated for such a sized group. The food was really nice. Really good. Only down side was it all came in dribs and drabs. So some of us had finished when others just started.. The pie...More

Thank John M
General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi John, Thank you for a lovely and detailed review. Its great to hear we did well and thank you for letting us know where we went wrong. We try to improve every time we get reviews. Because our kitchen is under ground, we rely...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We quite often pop in here for a few after work drinks and the staff and service is great plus lovely glasses and gin collection. Unfortunately we came for a Friday lunch and all five of us suffered with a bad tummy the next day....More

Thank Rubellared
General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Rubellared, Thank you for the review. I am sorry to read that you all had dicky tummies. Nobody has called and reported this to us. Did you all have the same meals? We go through rigorous food hygiene tests and we have perfect standards...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by for lunch, ordered the grilled salmon and chicken and ham hock pie. Despite a busy Friday lunchtime food arrived fairly promptly, each dish was presented well and was accompanied with a good selection of vegetables. The drinks menu is varied with a number...More

Thank M0Steve
General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear M0Steve, Thank you for such a lovely review. We are so glad that you enjoyed every aspect of this glorious pub. We all enjoy working here and have so much pride in what we do. The brand is always looking for new craft beers...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Used this pub many times as it's a great traditional English pub close to Snow Hill station. Food has always been good (love the sausages) but, today, food was exceptional. Had the grilled lamb chops which, at £14.95, might seem a tad expensive for a...More

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

Hi Carl L First of all, I'd to like thank you for your excellent review!!. It's great to see that the grilled lamb chops were just perfect for you, and we excelled your expectations!! Patrick is a perfectionist when preparing and cooking for our guests,...More

Reviewed 15 June 2018

Met up with friends for pre match meal and drink. Good beer and fair selection on the menu. Suggest booking table as can get crowded. Nice friendly pub. Gets very crowded after match. Next time in area will visit.More

Thank Mark K
General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2018

Hi Mark K I'm delighted to see you enjoyed our great selection of beers, there are some fantastic ones that tickle everyone's tastebuds!! It can get very busy, especially on the evenings. However that does tell you we are very very popular in the business...More

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SouthYorkshireGill
12 July 2018|
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Response from General Manager A | Property representative |
Hi, Its our dining room to the rear of the pub. It has a TV with a HDMI port for mirroring to laptops, it can hold up to 20 people for a meeting and the curtains privatise the room.
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dawn855
22 January 2018|
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Response from General Manager A | Property representative |
Thanks Dawn. As previously stated, we really concentrate on guest feedback and we love constructive criticism. We are trying to be the best in Birmingham on Trip Advisor. Hopefully we will succeed one day. See you soon.
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dawn855
12 January 2018|
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Response from General Manager A | Property representative |
Hi Dawn, To answer your question, we have had our engineers out again this week off the back of your review. They have tested the gas, the lager, the lines (including cleanliness) and the glasses. They are happy that its... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$8 - US$22
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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
  • E-mail
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, vast gin selection 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. We pride ourselves on great, attentive service with quality being our main focus. We are a speciality Sausage and Chop house, so look out for our Speciality Menus. There is a large range of food to choose from. Our dining room has room for 30 covers and we offer full table service, so booking is recommended.
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