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The Longboat, Cambrian Wharf

Sakura

master brummie
Hi Wendy - would it be possible for a moderator to move the posts that have gone off subject. Sorry about that. :rolleyes: Mo
 
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glaciermint

Guest
Just catching up on the last few weeks posts having been forced to come home to the lovely English weather!

Here's one of the Longboat as many of you will remember it, appropriately with the longboats moored alongside

Bob
 

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glaciermint

Guest
I used the pub sometimes in the 70s but this pic is 1992. I don't think it had changed much by then.

Bob
 

George Wheeler

master brummie
I remember the Trocadera from the fifties when it was run with a rod of iron by Mr & Mrs Phroo, even raising your voice was frowned upon. I seem to remember reading on a notice inside that it started life a a private fire station owned by an insurance company.
There was a second one relating how when a member of the staff was sacked he came back and shot the manager
 
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jeepster

Guest
Hi Folks!

The Longboat was a fave haunt of mine after work with my friend Paula Breese as she worked close by at the DSS. I hope I have attached this pic correctly. It is me (not drunk, but looks very much like I have imbibed 23 V&T's!) after just tripping down the steps outside the pub in the mid eighties.Hope it works.
I understand the area has now changed to a great extent. I must have a wander over there when next in the city.

After work pubs have included the Mercat Cross in Digbeth (is that still there? It used to open very early for the market traders..they used to have bands playing and had my 18th birthday party in there.) The Adam and Eve in Bradford Street, The Hostaria Wine Bar in Hurst Street (very chic, best clothes always!!) and the Yard of Ale in in the city centre. A wee tincture after a stressful day! There was another pub in Digbeth, called the Barrel Organ. Just by the bus station..again had bands playing and the Crossroads cast could be found drinking in there most lunchtimes!

Slainte! ;)
 

Dolphie

master brummie
Oh I remember the Longboat well. We used to go in there for our 'tutorials' when on Post Grad (well more like drowing our sorrows reallylol). I used to love that place back in the 70s.
 

Lloyd

master brummie
Some of the Crossroads cast used to use The Anchor in Rea Street as well. Their rehearsal rooms were in Bradford Street. (They used to rehearse???) Some were OK, some were stand-offish. Noele Gordon didn't, she wouldn't mix with us riff-raff! She had a penthouse apartment at the top of one of the Sentinels, the tall flats at the Bristol Rd / Holloway Head junction.
 

Rupert

master brummie
I wonder how The Longboat got it's name. It seems to me that all of the boats around there were known as narrow boats. Maybe there was a converted sea going longboat around.
 

mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
Rupert
I think it's just one of those typical cases where marketing people know nothing about a subject, and don't care. I seem to remember there were a number of comments about the incorrect name at the time it was opened, but no notice was taken. Its the same as when people refer to "battleships" and often just seem to mean warships.
Mike
 

George Wheeler

master brummie
I used to play banjo at the Adam and Eve with the New Orleans Jazz Men in the late fifties. Bobby Pratt trumpet, Charlie Powell trombone, George Huxley clarinet. Is the pub still there?
 
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Stepper_Sam

Guest
Does anybody have any photos of the Longboat pub when it used to have the floating bar on a boat (butty) then named Squirrel? Around about mid 70's to early 80's... I have one but it isn't very clear. Thanks x
 

wessex

master brummie
Went past there the other day,think the name has changed.
 

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George Wheeler

master brummie
In my days in the Troc in the fifties there was a framed press cutting on the wall about the barman who was sacked and came back later and shot the manager. Before becoming a pub it was said to have been a private fire station belonging to the Norwich Union. No public fire service in those days, your insurance company provided the fire service.
 

Barr_Beacon

The Prodigal Brummie
I read with sadness that planning permission is being sought to demolish The Longboat and replace it with more than 60 apartments.

https://www.birminghampost.co.uk/bu...y/new-flats-replace-birmingham-music-13992736

I know people will correct me and tell me that the pub is now called The Flapper but to me it will always be The Longboat, the pub where I spent many happy summers especially the long hot summer of 1976 sitting on the balcony in my youth with my girlfriend (now my wife).
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
oh thats is sad news....i also spent many happy hours in the longboat which as you say is now called the flapper...used to go in there after rollar skating at springhill rollar rink (also gone) late 60s early 70s..

lyn
 
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Stitcher

Guest
I was never a regular drinker but I have had a quick half in several city pubs but have never been in this one. Strange to say I do not remember ever picking up there in my years as a taxi driver. A friend who lived just off Spring Hill tells me that it was a nice place for a pint after a days work, all his memories are from when it was The Longboat.
 

Maria Magenta

master brummie
Also used to go there quite a bit in the '70s. My friend Angela was fond of a drink called a vodkatini, which another friend used to say was like herbal shampoo!
 
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