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“Beer up to usual good standard”

The Old Contemptibles
Ranked #65 of 2,444 Restaurants in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$22
Cuisines: Pub
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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.
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Tuesday visit with friends. Beer up to the usual good standard and selection. Nice sausage and mash with gravy. Non meat eating friend catered for with a veggie burger. Staff helpful and carried drinks to table.

Thank William G
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General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2018

Dear William,

Thank you very much for the kind review. Next time inform your non meat eating friend to try the Lentil and Pea Pie. It is really out of this world and I am a meat eater!!

Hope to see you again soon.

Brendan

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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Saturday lunch .. busy when arrived but had booked but seated early
Food was great meat platter and fish platter to share large fish & chips barnsley chops gammon &eggs steak &ale pie cheese board 2 sticky toffee puds and a lemon tart 3 bottles wine 6 pints £160 all but a few pounds so lovely

Thank Ruth G
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General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Dear Ruth,

WOW

What a lovely and detailed review. We are so happy that you chose to dine with us. With guests such as yourselves, we can only be great!

See you again soon. Let us know when you're coming next we'll make you as happy as this time!
Brendan

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Reviewed 29 March 2018

Went here after work with colleagues and stayed for food when it got a bit quieter. Good atmosphere and helpful staff

Thank Keith S
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General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Hi Keith,

Thank you for the review. A sign of a great pub, is how busy it is. As we are busy (particularly in the early evening), its shows that we must be doing something right.

If we could do anything to get that extra star off you, please let us know. If its because you'd like it to be quieter, please visit on a Sunday!

Brendan

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Reviewed 29 March 2018

We visited for a lunch with friends. Almost all items served were enjoyed. There were a couple of problems but they were resolved quickly and amicably. Do check your bill.

1  Thank 301lisa33
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General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Dear 301lisa33,

Thank you for the kind review. I am sorry if there was some confusion with the bill. I think I remember that we'd put service charge onto the bill (as we gave you full table service in our dining room), but we removed it when you mentioned that you didn't want to pay it - which is no problem at all.

I hope you come back again soon.

Brendan

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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

I go here quite a bit because I love many things, but mainly the drinks. The selection of beers, wines and spirits is excellent and the food, when I bother, equally good. I have tried most of them (beers and spirits). Staff always very friendly and efficient, particularly Nathan who is great. Very accommodating and helpful.

Thank Paul C
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General Manager A, Manager at The Old Contemptibles, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2018

Hi Paul C

It’s always paradise at the Old Contemptibles!! The vast array of drinks are cracking, one of my favourites is the Purity Lawless. A great beer to have after work!!

The team are fantastic, They work so hard to ensure everyone enjoys themselves over the lunchtime and for after work drinks. The atmosphere is electric and you can see that when the team are cracking jokes with our guests!!

Nathan has a great work ethic, his buzz around guests and his flawless approach to everyone is a shining example of guest service!!

Once again, thanks for your review

Nathan

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