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The Old Contemptibles

₱₱ - ₱₱₱, British,
176 Edmund Street, Birmingham B3 2HB, England
+44 121 200 3310
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“chops” (7 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
₱₱ - ₱₱₱
176 Edmund Street, Birmingham B3 2HB, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Word of mouth is the best recommendation so ...anyone visiting brum, go into the OLD CONTEMPTIBLES...the staff are the friendliest, most helpful bunch of people you can meet and can't do enough to make you welcome. Smiling friendly bar staff, great management and good food...More

Thank Boopy_10
General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Boopy_10 Wow, wow, wow!!! I am totally blown away by these fantastic comments!!! I am so pleased that the team made your visit a special one and we can't thank you enough with your wonderful review!! We always aim to make all our guests...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Called for lunch good wholesome menus good choice They have speciality “ Toad in Hole” dishes and other Sausages to temp to . Arrived early small back area Resturant from a lovely traditional bar place soon filled up with office types . All the staff...More

Thank Thomas B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here for a drink after work. Great atmosphere, amazing selection of gin. Really need to come back and sample the food! Wasabi peas and Home cooked crisps are a must!More

Thank Samantha H
General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Samantha I'm so delighted you had a excellent visit to the wondeful Old Contemptibles!! We pride ourselves on our Gin choices, from beautiful tasting flavoured gins to the quality of our dry gins, a must for anyone who wants to drink a quality Gin!!....More

Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend and I called in on spec to grab some food before heading off to an event. Food was basic but served quickly. My steak was a little overdone but was okay. Good selection of beers. Friendly and obviously popular. If in the vicinity...More

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

Hi Kim W Thank you for your review, I can only apologise for your steak being overdone, we would of been very happy to of changed your dish and how you would of liked it to be cooked. We do have an excellent choice of...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I regularly visit the OCs of a Friday afternoon/evening where it is full of weeks from the surrounding streets. The bar has a regular turn over of hues beers which are ok I tend to drink here owing to the constant change. Never a bad...More

Thank Jamo87
General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Jamo87, Thank you for such a great review. We are happy to see that you really enjoy drinking in here. The food is great too and you should try some of our lovely chops sometime. The sunshine makes everyone happy, so we're glad you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this pub yesterday great atmosphere friendly staff and very nice pint we had an early evening meal served by Hannah the steak was cooked perfectly with golden chips so delicious my husband had the seafood platter as a main and really enjoyed it great...More

Thank Rita6570
General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Rita6570 Thank you for a great review. Hannah will love being spoken of quite highly. She is one of our shift supervisors and loves working here. I love a man that can polish off a seafood platter. Try the cured meat one next, it...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked a table and were led into a small back room area out of the way of the hustle and bustle of a busy pub which was great. Our waitress Grace was excellent, she was really good fun and handled our banter very well...More

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

Hi Talkiebum I'd like to thank you for your recent visit, and that Grace looked after you very well. Grace is an excellent member of the team, and with her out going personality, this gives all our guests a relaxing any enjoyable time when they...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good beer, good food and good service, all at good prices. Lively, but a separate area for diners works well. Had a meal for 4 on a Saturday night and loved it. Well doneMore

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

Hi Bob H Its so heart warming to see you thoroughly enjoyed your visit at the Old Contemptibles! We have such a excellent team who thrive on our guests, we all love to see everyone having a great time. The Kitchen team are just awesome,...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We made a booking for a table of 6 for my sons birthday on Saturday night for 7.15 but rang up earlier the same day to delay until 7.45. No problem even at that late stage. So we arrived and we had the round table...More

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

Hi Mike W Thank you for your review, I'm sorry for where you were seated when you visited us on Saturday evening, due to the structure of the building we found this was the most convient place to have the disabled toilet. We do have...More

Reviewed April 8, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful food. I had chicken and ham pie just delicious. The pastry was incredible. My friends all raved about their sausages!!! Just gorgeous. Have recommended so much this week. Fantastic.More

Thank Jelleybaby2015
General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2018

Hi Jelleybaby2015 I am over the moon with this magnificent review!! The pies are very tasty, I'll give you that. The sausages also are so moorish, Its wonderful to see you and your friends enjoyed your visit at the Old Contemptibles. I will pass this...More

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Questions & Answers
22 January 2018|
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.
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
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$23
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
Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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
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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