Lycra Laughter At Red Lion

I often wax lyrical about the Ember Inns chain on this blog and in Brum, and its surrounding suburbs, I reckon they are still a Godsend.

Often the last bastions of cask in many Solihull/Birmingham suburbs, they are still very much ‘local boozers,’ which I know isn’t always the case in other better served, pubbier regions.

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There is the added bonus of the blogging world’s very own quizmaster, Pete Allen, who also delivers quizzes at three Embers in Brum in between locking horns with fellow canal boat users on the Birmingham/Fazeley canal!!

Good examples would be The Fieldhouse – read here – and The Woodman’s Rest – read here – which are still full of characters and regarded as locals.

Anyway, I’ll get to the point in a minute (hurry up I hear you ask) and stop number three on our Number 11 Ale Trail saw us take in an Ember Inn on the edge of Kings Heath.

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579 – The Red Lion B14 7LY is an eye catching Grade II listed, Neo-Gothic building on Vicarage Road.  Just in case you’re not sure where, here is one of those helpful maps, that Martin likes, which shows you the route so far.

(Great Western – Billesley – Red Lion)

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It was early Friday afternoon but clearly a few lads had knocked off already as there was a cracking table of comedians behind us who had identified a bloke in an ill-fitting cycling lycra suit as their source of fun (albeit, just amongst themselves)

“F*** me, the cabaret act has arrived,” was one comment as the bloke tottered around on his cycling shoes.

“Is that lycra f*****g painted on,” was another morsel of acerbic wit and the general consensus was “why?”

However, as this is a family blog, I can’t show you pictures of the MAMIL for obvious reasons.

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The beer patio was full, there was reasonable trade inside as well, and this place was doing well, which is great to see.

I followed the one way system to the bar and big John was warming up and we both had a cracking pint of Twilighter IPA (Black Sheep).

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Conversation consisted of The Housemartins debut album, Birmingham City’s squad strength (or not) for next season and listening to the table of blokes behind, who appeared to know everyone inside and outside the boozer.

(I think Flag Day was the best song…)

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Apparently, there is a long standing folk club that has been running at the Red Lion for years on a Wednesday evening but, at present, is mothballed due to covid.

A good half an hour was spent at one of the most picturesque pubs in this part of Brum and it is great to see it thriving.

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Not sure why M&B bother with Vintage Inns as Ember is a far better style of chain and infinitely more relaxed.

I would definitely recommend this place and it could only be improved by getting Pete on the roster as their very own Bob Holness for their quiz night (I still accept cheques, Pete).

One last check of the man in lycra with his better half was order of the day before heading off to the closest bus stop.

 

 

15 thoughts on “Lycra Laughter At Red Lion

  1. The Red Lion Folk Club won the Radio 2 Folk Club of the Year Award a few years ago! (I have friends who are ‘folkies’!)

    I also like a drop of Twilighter, but on my recent visit to the Country Girl it was quite warm (tasted alright). After discussing it with the staff I discovered the problem…I was the first to have a Twilighter for several hours, whereas the Doom Bar was moving more quickly! Back to the Country Girl tonight, so I’ll see whether it has started to move more quickly…at least we’ll always have Carling!

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      1. Yes, it’s a controversial Thursday night out…my mate wants to watch Barca vs. Bayern on Friday (and I don’t!) so, it’s up to Selly Oak for us tonight!

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  2. I have done the quiz there on a couple of occasions as a stand-in, many years ago. (this is another pub I drive by to get to the Bull’s Head on a Tuesday evening!)

    Ember Inns vs. Vintage Inns – my theory is that Embers tend to be suburban pubs that suit drinkers and are quite good for food, whereas Vintage Inns tend to be more village based and designed to be more gastro, but with space to drink as well. (Filling that tricky gap between country boozer and full blown gastropub!)

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    1. I really need to get to the bulls head as it’s been ages since I had a tot in there…
      That’s a good analogy really and vintage inns aren’t quite gastro and pubby to a point but you can’t move around in them at present so less favourable!

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  3. Incredibly grand pub – deserving of the old ‘Red Lion’ pub name.

    Are you sure you had the Twilighter BB? The barman seems to be pulling the wrong pump 😉

    “One last check of the man in lycra with his better half was order of the day before heading off to the closest bus stop.”

    Was he still ok?…just checking…

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    1. It’s a cracking building although a reasonable walk from the main kings heath high street. You get a spotters badge for that Hermit 😉 #pubman I took the picture whilst I was waiting for the second one as he was multi tasking with two orders!
      Hard to tell if he was alright as the lycra was so tight I wasn’t sure if he was sweating due to (a) a cycle ride (b) the heat or (c) sucking it all in to impress his younger other half!

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  4. Heh heh – in a strange kind of way your description of lycra man reminds me of Howard (and Marina) from Last of the Summer Wine – out for one of their clandestine cycle rides. I felt sure he’d appeared in Lycra but couldn’t find a photo to prove it – so perhaps not… 😉

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  5. “Anyway, I’ll get to the point in a minute (hurry up I hear you ask)”

    What’s the point of writing a blog if you have to do it in a hurry? 😉

    “here is one of those helpful maps, that Martin likes, which shows you the route so far.”

    I was going to try and make fun of some of the names but I got bloody lost trying to figure out where you’d been!

    “who had identified a bloke in an ill-fitting cycling lycra suit as their source of fun”

    Lycra and males do NOT go together! (shudder)

    “Conversation consisted of The Housemartins debut album”

    Martin is now doing recordings to help pay for his pub trips?

    “and it is great to see it thriving.”

    Agreed!

    “One last check of the man in lycra with his better half”

    Wait; he managed to squeeze his better half in there with him? Blimey! 🙂

    Cheers

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