This title was put in to celebrate the long awaited return of Russ to the comments section and pays homage to a legendary night back in bygone Brum.
Before that though, due to popular demand from both Pete and Paul, I am showing the route of the Number 11 Ale Trail. They both mentioned in the first leg of my pub tour how much they enjoyed all my bus references so here is the route of the Number 11 in all its glory!
Jasper Carrot’s home town of Acocks Green behind us it was time to head towards the land of JR Tolkien. As Russ is now commenting I should point out this is a literary reference but he’ll be pleased to know my next boozer has a past he’d definitely have been part of.
578 – The Billesley B13 0AB used to be well known in the nineties for having an ‘over 30’s singles’ night in one of its cavernous rooms.
Of course, I was far too young back in those days to contemplate going but I know a few lads who popped in and said it was exactly as you’d imagine.
However, of course, this is 2020 and time moves on and The Billesley is one of the survivors as the only pub in a plethora of chimney pots on the edge of Kings Heath, Moseley and Hall Green.
Of course, Pete often delivers quizzes in the Hall Green Ember not too far from here but it’s one of those GK pubs that actually passes off quite well as a local.
It’s a behemoth of a roadside pub and there were two massive rooms when John and I stopped in and enjoyed some pre Rishi bonus with a BOGOF Burger.
I also had a very decent IPA (Greene King) and the Abbott Ale (Greene King) was also in good nick apparently so the cask revival is definitely ongoing in Billesley.
Billesley Common was famous for many football pitches back in the day and this boozer has always been a lively local.
It’s split into two rooms nowadays with an ‘eating’ room to the left as you walk in and the ‘drinking’ side to the right.
Although we discovered we could eat in the drinking part as long we “ate behind the raised step” about halfway up the room.
Pool tables, dartboards, fruit machines and Sky Sports were all on display along with a natty picture of Duncan back in his playing days.
We lamented just how dull F1 is on the TV and the world passed by with a few punters passing through in the 45 minutes we were there.
I reckon this might have been on Mudgie’s pub agenda when he was at Birmingham Uni as it’s the right side of town but it’s not what Birmingham City Council will call destination pub.
However, a solid local boozer selling decent cask and very much a modern day survivor as others around it have bitten the dust.
(Moor Green – former home of Moor Green FC half of Solihull Moors)
Very much a family boozer these days but I reckon it has the potential to be lively on a Sunday afternoon as the locals come out for a pint or two.
However, the lure of the Number 11 was looming and time to kick on for the next destination