Over 30’s Night At The Billesley

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.

No 11 Ale Trail

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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

17 thoughts on “Over 30’s Night At The Billesley

  1. I drive by the Billesley every week on my way to the Bull’s Head in Hall Green….well, at least I did until March! We’re planning to restart the quiz on Tuesday 8th September at 8:30pm…if the pubs are still open!

    I’m fairly sure that I’ve been to the Billesley, but again it would be 30+ years ago!

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  2. “This title was put in to celebrate the long awaited return of Russ to the comments section ”

    You could double that 30 and I’d STILL get in. 🙂

    “As Russ is now commenting I should point out this is a literary reference”

    Indeed. It would appear one has a better chance of becoming a famous author if your name starts with the initials JR (i.e. Rowling). Mind you, the same could be said for TV shows (i.e. Ewing). 🙂

    “but he’ll be pleased to know my next boozer has a past he’d definitely have been part of.”

    Ok, now I’m all ears.

    “used to be well known in the nineties for having an ‘over 30’s singles’ night in one of its cavernous rooms.”

    While it’s true I was over 30 when the 90’s began, I was also married with two children by then!

    “that actually passes off quite well as a local.”

    The photo below shows that.

    “with a BOGOF Burger.”

    I think my Brit way of thinking has atrophied. I read that as a SODOFF Burger. 🙂

    “with an ‘eating’ room to the left as you walk in and the ‘drinking’ side to the right.”

    It’s been so long. Does Simon agree with the left/right; eat/drink thingy?

    “as long we “ate behind the raised step” about halfway up the room.”

    How does one eat behind a raised step? Is that the cupboard Harry Potter lived in? Or the one Mrs. Brown did her, um, waxing?

    “as others around it have bitten the dust.”

    Which has the possibility of becoming all to common in the near future. 😦

    “However, the lure of the Number 11 was looming and time to kick on for the next destination”

    I’m make a note! 🙂

    Cheers

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  3. Is Rosies Rosie O’Brien,Solihull High Street,aka Snooty Fox/Scandals/aka Malt Shovel,in which case I was there in a white suit 15 years before?

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    1. That’s magnificent John👍👍 I’m not sure it was you as I reckon the bloke was in his sixties in the late eighties! However, nice to know you were also a style guru 😉 I had a couple of cheeky suits too back in the day as the door policy was non negotiable.

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      1. I was born in Birmingham but was moved to Bradford as a baby,I lived in the Birmingham/Coventry area between 1974 and 1982 when I moved to Cardiff.

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  4. Never really did much pub exploration within the city itself when I was at university. Why should you when there was a vastly better selection of beer available via a fairly short bus or train ride in virtually any direction? Nowadays I’d appreciate the character of the pubs more, but you took it for granted back then. Went past the British Oak in Stirchley many times on the bus but never went in.

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    1. That’s a good point. Most of my pals who went to Uni used the Uni bar more than by others due to cost as well.
      We were going into the British Oak last week but there was a long queue at quarter to four!!!

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