Does anyone remember The Greyhound in Holloway Head.
It was a Cider House, I talking rough cider which you drank through your teeth.
It was a strong brew and they used to keep a Shillelagh behind the bar for those people who didn't know when to leave when they'd had enough !
Is it still there ?
My memory of Yates's is you were not allowed to stand at the bar once served, and that they also had a more "posh" room upstairs. The Wine was served in "docks", a few very tasty and potent Australian if I recall.
There was also the Top 10 Bar and The Grapes Pub which i used to go to before going to Rebeccas with my mate Colin Hunt We took two girls from Wales one night and they couldn't believe it had three floors different to the clubs back in Wales we had a good night Raz
Hi Williamstreeter i use to go to these pubs from 68 to 72 not so much the Top 10 Bar but manly The Grapes on a Friday night and then over to Rebeccas to dance the night away At the time I was going out with a lovely girl in 73 Jane from Shirley Solihull i bought her a nice leather handbag from Oasis , well i gave it to her in The Grapes and she was over the moon and she gave her old one to a girl in the pub and she was over the moon as well , have you still got it Jane if you read this . Good Times RazRaz I remember The Grapes also , not familiar with Top 10 Bar . What years are you talking about ?tt
Hi Williamstreeter i use to go to these pubs from 68 to 72 not so much the Top 10 Bar but manly The Grapes on a Friday night and then over to Rebeccas to dance the night away . Good Times Raz
My Father (Peter Howell) was one of the if not the last landlord of the Birmingham Arms in Moat Row This was for a period of time beginning late 1969 or early 1970 (I was at Uni at the time) The family lived on the top floor and I only stayed there on the odd occasion during the holidays. All my brothers grew up there and one or two still have their Brummy accents. It was the first job my father undertook after retiring from the RAF and being ex military he ran a pretty tight ship and clamped down hard on any trouble makers. They had a weekly jazz night in the first floor club room 'The Salutation Stomp' and I got hear some amazing musicians. My mum also worked behind the bar and was at the time going through a platinum blonde phase. The picture below shows my parents as they looked at the time along with one of my brothers and the pub's guard dog which was a Rhodesian Ridgeback called Simba. They later went on to run the Springvale Tavern in Willenhall which was all boarded up when I last drove past about 11 years ago like so many pubs today.This is a list of pubs around the Bull Ring and the licencees.
GRAND TURQ, 34 Bell Street corner of Lease Lane.
Manager;T.F. Fletcher 1924 T.P. Collier. 1944
BLACK SWAN HOTEL, 5, Bromsgrove Street.
Manager; Mrs E.B. Evans.1924 N.F. McCoy. 1944
AUSTRALIAN BAR. 48 Bromsgrove Street.
Not there in 1924 Jn. Rickerby 1944
NEW INN HOTEL.191-192 .Bromsgrove Street.
Manager; H.L. Jeacock 1924 A. Clemm. 1944
CASTLE & FALCON. 109 Digbeth.
Manager; A. Russell 1924 W.J.T. Wiley 1944
WAGON & HORSES. 14 Edgbaston Street.
Manager; R. Barlow 1924 Closed Down 1944
THE COMET 5 High Street.
Manager; W.E. Nelson 1924 Closed Down 1944
LION & LAMB. 17 High Street.
Manager;W. Brown 1924 Closed Down 1944
BROOK'S VAULT. 51 Jamaica Row (it was originally known as THE CITERION)
Manager; F. Holliday 1924 F. Brown 1944
PLOUGH & HARROW. 81 Jamaica Row..
Manager; S.R. Fisher 1924 F.W. Doran 1944
WOOLPACK HOTEL. 8-9 Moor Street.
Manager; F.W. Butler 1924 J. Blower 1944
SWAN HOTEL. 148 New Street.
Manager; Mrs A. Butler 1924 Closed Down 1944
PHOENIX HOTEL. 3 Park Street. (it was originally known as OLD PHOENIX INN)
Manager; P.Vincent-Bennett 1924 E. Freeman 1944.
THE BOARD INN. 7 Phillips Street.
Manager; Mrs L. Lord. 1924 A. Garnett 1944
SPREAD EAGLE. 14 Spiceal Street.
Manager; Samuel Rich 1924 Closed Down 1944
STEVENS BAR 149 New Street and 89 High Street,top of the Bull Ring aera. Closed, for trading after permitted hours on the 25th March 1958, upon expiration of lease.
Manager; R.E. East 1924 W.E. Allport. 1944 (an M&B House).
SMITHFIELD ARMS 47 Jamaica Row.
Manager; George Ameghino 1924 Mrs D.E. Caldicott 1944
(an Ansells House)
CROSS KEYS 91 Jamaica Row, corner of Sherlock Street.
Manager:G.J. Bunn 1924 J.W. Jesson 1944 (an Ansells House)
ST.MARTIN'S HOTEL corner of St.Martin's Lane & Jamaica Street.
Manager;C.H. Mitchell 1924 E.C. Cox 1944
( M & B Hotel,very popular. It closed in 1944)
BOARD VAULTS;56 Worcester Street, corner of Bell Street
Manager;F.R. Andrews 1924 A.Summerfield 1944
(an Ansells House)
BIRMINGHAM ARMS: 1 Moet Row.
Manager; L.A. Chantrill 1924 Mrs Emily Stokes 1944.
(an M&B House)
the TALBOT: 24 Moat Lane
Manager: Ted Lippey 1924 T.W. Gibson 1944
The above was extracted f.rom a book by Victor J. Price
"The Bull Ring Remembered"