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The Old Contemptibles

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
About
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
PRICE RANGE
US$8 - US$23
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Television, Full Bar, Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Buffet, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited at 5.45pm on a monday evening. Out of 7 pies only 2 veggie options were available. No pate starter. Husband had hunters chicken, I had ocean fish and chips, a piece of fish and 3 pieces of scampi, they forgot the peas. Gave...us a discount which was good. But overall disappointing.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Mary-ann S I'm very sorry you experienced a poor visit, I have looked into this and spoken to the team who were working on that particular Monday evening. As you were taken into the dining room to be seated, Your server Patrick did inform...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just popped in for lunch with our grandchildren. Staff very helpful and friendly, food very tasty. Well worth a visit.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Julie, I am very glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We take great pride in knowing that all staff members are approachable and friendly and that our food is to a high standard. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Kind...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in for a drink whilst in Birmingham. Friendly staff, quiet atmosphere and great range of drinks

Date of visit: August 2021
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General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Kim E Thank you for the amazing 5 star review, The team here are fantastic when serving guests. They really do love it when guests leave happy and smiley!! Kind Regards Nathan

Reviewed 22 August 2021 via mobile

First time here, really friendly, helpful staff, very attentive but not over bearing, food was lovely and plentiful. Will definitely be coming back.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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General Manager A, General Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Jaynew851 It's so wondeful to see you had a throughly enjoyable visit at the Old Contemptibles, great to see we made your first visit a happy one!! The team that we have are just brilliant, nothing ever is too much for them. I'm equally...More

Reviewed 21 August 2021

My self and my friends have been visiting this lovely pub for many years. We are so glad it survived Covid. Today 3 of us visited for lunch and we were treated with same fantastic customer service we always have had. Food was very good..., and good value. 3 of us shared a bottle of wine , 3 main meals and 3 coffees , the bill came to £61. Rosie looked after us so well even though she was busy serving the many football fans that had visited today. Keep up the good work and thank you.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi 933Annae I absolutely love your review, It fills me with pride that you visited us after The covid Lock-down. Rosie is a real gem when it comes to looking after our guests, She has so much to give to guests and nothing is too...More

Reviewed 18 August 2021

Whether it's because I haven't been to many pubs in the last 2 years, I don't know, but really enjoyed dropping in here for a drink. Staff were friendly and it was a comfortable venue. I'll happily go again.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi DangerousPaddy, awesome name. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a great review! I have to say, although it is a skewed point of view, we are a great pub and so your visit with us was bound to be enjoyable! I...More

Reviewed 16 August 2021 via mobile

Friendly comfortable unspoilt Victorian pub. Excellent service and wide range of quality ales. Outstanding menu catering to all tastes.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Shomela! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a great five star review! I am so pleased that you had a great visit with us. I look forward to passing on the great feedback to our team! I am also pleased that...More

Reviewed 29 July 2021 via mobile

Came in for a drink with my friend. Served by Rosie. Great service. It’s wasn’t too busy so she gave us table service. Great conversation! Will be back again soon.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi K9078MFmarkm Rosie literally puts guests first, She has a very positive attitude and that reflects when guests are leaving happy after their visit. We are very lucky to have such a great person like Rosie as she can light up a room as soon...More

Reviewed 29 July 2021 via mobile

Rosie was GREAT. Friendly service and a great atmosphere post restrictions. Would happily visit again. Thanks.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi JordanwV6353LX What can be said about Rosie?, She is one of the best when it comes to giving guests excellent service. She shows great professionalism when working and that shows with the cracking reviews she attains. The atmosphere has always been a positive one...More

Reviewed 29 July 2021 via mobile

Great service at then Old Contemptibles (as per). Robyn was putting in a shift behind the bar and made sure we were all good. Definitely coming back.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi DayTrip37066780601 As you know our great service is always there, even if its very busy. Robyn is one of our newest member's of the team and has really shined throughout the summer. A real asset to the team if I'm honest! I look forward...More

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Kerrie D
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Response from 244kevino | Reviewed this property |
There are tables outside where you can sit with a dog not sure about inside as the serve food
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Response from theocst | 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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Yes, The Old Contemptibles is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

The Old Contemptibles is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5