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The Wellington

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The WellingtonThe Wellington

Type: Bar

37 Bennetts Hill
Birmingham: City Centre, England, B2 5SN
United Kingdom

+44 (0)121 200 3115 | map

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Reviews by JohnfromDublin:
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4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I was in Birmingham city centre yesterday (April 14th 2011) and had a coouple of hours to kill before heading to the airport for a flight. I knew there was a JD Wetherspoons pub on Bennet's Hill and went in and awaited service. The service was very slow, so I turned on my heel and walked back out. Not knowing where to go, I headed further up the hill and found The Wellington real ale pub. What a brilliant decision that was!

As stated in a previous review, the entrance is a bit odd, as it shares a doorway with a firm of solicitors. The right hand door leads into the Wellington. It is a conversion of several rooms being knocked in to one oddly shaped one. It is fully carpeted with similar patterned wallpaper and plenty of tables and chairs. There was no loud music, or gaming machines, just a friendly crowd having conversation and beer. They were having a Pale Ale festival and had at least ten pale ales on cask! The staff were attentive, friendly and knowlegeable.

I had a pint of Oakhams Citra, a pint of Mad Goose (Purity Brewing co) and lastly a pint of HPA (Wye Valley brewing). I had to drag myself away and head to the station for the jump to the airport.

What a terrific place!

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Photo of Stephen63
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

What a place! Not been in Birmingham for about 10 years but had a meeting there on a Friday and had an hour before the train back home.

The pub itself is a pretty unassuming place but it is about the beer. I was bowled over with the selection. 15 taps of real ale! Decent selection of bottles, some Trappists spotted.

The day I was there they also had a beer festival possibly over the weekend. Although this is not a large pub in the back area they had 22 mini casks set up. Gutted I could not stay.

If you are in Birmingham and need to go to one pub this is the place. Fantastic and very friendly staff.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

If drinking Cask Conditioned British Ales is your bag, this is the place in Birmingham for you. No frills, or Inglenooks in here, just tables, chairs and a long bar with a choice of beers to die for!

The ever changing range of 12 beers (?) is very impressive in deed, because the place is so popular, they are fresh, or they have been drank already, so quality is ensured. The service is good and it is not expensive.

I like the way you can take your own food in, or better still, order a take away and get it delivered. The Wellington will supply your plates and irons for free!

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Photo of Clembo1957
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

A superb addition to Birmingham City centre, quite simply the Wellington is now the best Real ale Bar in Birmingham!

At the time of writing the Wellington has stocked over 600 different ales since January 1, 2005 and is well on the way to its target of 1000 different beers in 2005.

The pub originally sold 10 real ales at one time, with the addition of 5 new handpumps this is now 15 real ales. 3 are from Black Country Ales and the others constantly changing.

The Wellington used to be a good pub years ago but was allowed to decline and was eventually turned into a trendy cafe bar then a restaurant before being reopened as a Real ale bar shortly before Christmas 2004.

No food is sold but customers are welcome to bring their own or order from nearby outlets, the pub provides plates and cutlery!

There's always a good atmosphere in the pub and usually someone to talk to at the bar. The pub is located in the city centre, 5 minutes from New Street and Snow Hill Railway Stations. The Wellington is not to be missed if in Birmingham.

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Photo of JohnW
3.94/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This old established bar in the City Centre was on 18 December 2004 re-opened as a real ale bar, run by the previous Landlord of the now closed excellent (being demolished for new housing) Stag Pub in Bloxwich Walsall.

He has now installed 15 hand pulls for real ales, plus the usual taps for the mass produced lagers. Three regular beers from the new Black Country Ales (Lower Gornal Wolverhampton) which are
Bradleys Finest Golden 4.2, Fireside Bitter 5.0 and Pig on the Wall 'mild' at 4.3. All excellent beers. Other hand pulls serve a changing variety of real ales from all over the UK, most of which only last 3 or 4 days. This is a big challenge to the only other city centre real ale pub, The Anchor in Digbeth.

NO food is served at all, but you are welcome to take in whatever food you wish to eat on the premises, and even plates and knives and forks can be provided for you if needed. Cider is available and some bottled Belgium beers too.

The atmosphere is relaxed, no TV or loud music, plenty of seating at tables looking out onto the street, or further to the back of the bar area. I have to say however that because of the interior design, it cannot be called a 'pub' or ever have a 'pubby feel' in that sense, and at lunchtimes and early evening can be very busy with city office workers in suits, who may not be real ale drinkers. Then later evening more of the real ale fans, but a very mixed crowd and sometimes you get the feeling they are just there to 'tick the list' rather than actually ENJOY a pint!! (but maybe I fall into that trap too!) The Anchor still has the more traditional pub feel.

It is easy to miss on Bennetts Hill, as it looks more like the entrance to a Solicitors office, just look for the alleyway Wellington Passage, on the right hand side of Bennetts Hill as you walk north from New Street, and across Waterloo Street.

An oasis for real ale drinkers in the centre of Birmingham!

Update December 2005....The Wellington has now had 2470 different beers on tap since opening!

John W
Bham UK Dec 2004

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The Wellington in Birmingham: City Centre, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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