Hands down this is the best traditional pub in Birmingham. A myriad of different ales - all impeccably kept, a decent selection of ciders and whiskey (including 5 or so Japanese single malts) plus some wines and I think I even spotted some mead in there last night!
Downstairs you can choose from loads of ales on tap with a tv showing you the colour, abv and tasting notes for each one. There's a decent amount of seating but it can get pretty busy. Upstairs plays host to a smaller bar with less of a selection of beers (about 6 or so ales, a cider and lager or 2 on tap and a few more ciders and bottles in the fridge) but outside is the crowning glory of upstairs. Nestled away in this city centre pub you'll find one of the loveliest beer gardens - technically a roof terrace - the centre of brum has to offer.
This is most certainly a beer drinkers haven, don't expect a wine bar this is a proper pub through and through - a beacon of hope amidst the plethora of gastropubs and cocktail bars.
Also worth a note - they don't do food, but will happily provide you with crockery and cutlery if you bring your own. Oh, and the Sunday night quiz is evil!
If you're a real ale fan then this is the place for you. You'll be literally spoilt for choice. And to make an evening of it they have quite a fair amount of single malt whiskeys on offer for a nice nightcap before you stumble home.
Upstairs contains a large stash of bourbon- of which I've spent many an afternoon globetrotting my way through. A good selection *reasonably* priced if you want to try something different.
The wine selection consists of raspberry and peach flavours, served warm. The Wellington certainly isn't for connoisseurs of the fermented grape, but it does offer tastes less travelled as it would be.
They have an outside area which is pleasant enough, much more so than the decor which is certainly an acquired taste- your grandfather's to be exact.
No food is served (bar a few packets of crisps etc) but you're welcome to bring your own or order in and use cutlery that the pub provides.
A proper pub, if you want a proper pint.
Wowzer. With so many ales that the menu is digitalised and that you order by number, the Wellington certainly made me wish I drank the stuff.
It's a traditional pub with a classic feel but, of course, the ale-screens are certainly a modern addition. My band played the Wellington as part of the Birmingham Jazz and Blues Fest on a Saturday evening and the bar was full to the brim and with a great, chirpy atmosphere which made it a fun gig for us and a definite highlight of our stay in the city.
Staff were a really friendly and hospitable bunch, sorting us out with three glasses of water before our performance. I'd definitely pop back when I'm next in Birmingham since it was a great bar to relax and enjoy. Sadly, I can't comment on the ales but if someone asked me THE place for ale in Birmingham, I'd, of course, be inclined to say 'The Welly!' owing to its impressive selection.
The Wellington is a traditional wet-led boozer. Ale is king in this erm Ale House their ale board proudly boasts 16 ales available at all times with a colour guide ranging from A (pale yellow) to E (black). Beware of sniggers from the locals if one of your companions asks for "something similar to Carling". If you're unsure you can't go wrong with Oakham Citra, for a refreshing zingy pale ale (see also Oakham's pub The Bartons Arms in Aston). Prices generally range from £2.90 to £3.70 per pint, depending on the beer. The only food served is crisps, nuts and scratchings but they welcome you to bring your own and the house do provide plates and cutlery if required. A top-tip for busy evenings is to enter the venue via the less than glamorous ally-way at the rear, giving you immediate access to the far side of the bar, where all of the locals stand for speedy service. It's landlord Noige and his partner Dave are well known in local beer circles having previously been at the helm of the local CAMRA branch; winning the pub many awards over the years. The pub has been renovated in recent years, making it brighter, cleaner (it did used to have a nickname "Smelly-Welly") and extending the offering with an additional bar upstairs and outdoor seating (smoking) area. The 'Welly' brought real ale to the masses of Birmingham (previously we had to jaunt out to Digbeth), now it sits amongst many pubs offering fine ales and craft beers in a market that has expanded tenfold over the past decade.
I was at a private party her on the third floor, and now having discovered the full potential of this pub i can gladly give five stars! A very quirky and cool place to hang out, very impressed with the range of beers included imported on draught and bottle. I had Czech beer Krusovice, Maisels Weissbeir, Veltins German Pilsner and Hoegaarden dukel beer. The second floor has further seating and a roof terrace for smoking or enjoying sunshine and cool, crisp evenings. The real ales are the star with a vast range including IPA's and purity. I recommend a night here, and the location is fantastic, minutes away from New Street and Snow Hill stations.
Pub quiz Sunday night!
If you like your beer/ales then this place should definitely be on your list! You choose your drink from a blackboard by letter - the guest ales are second to none! I however, preferring 'the dark side' choose 'Pig on The Wall' when I can.
There is nothing special about the décor, but I don't think anyone cares. However, since the addition of the upstairs bar and outside seating area, this has improved the pub greatly (outdoor drinking space is quite limited in Birmingham!).
Its also worth noting that you can take in your own food - pizza, Thai whatever and they provide the plates and cutlery!
Great for a quiet drink with friends, but be careful it does get quite busy on Friday nights!
Update-they now have heat lamps outside, ready for those cold summer evenings!;)
On Wednesdays a group of us form work venture down the Wellington for 'Welly Wednesdays'. Situated in the city centre it has a great location to catch the after-work crowd and those who are out shopping as well. It has seating both upstairs and downstairs and a beer garden upstairs. The garden has about 5 tables and is a good size considering the pubs inner city location. There are heaters for those who want to sit outside the winter and in the summer it does get some sun.
There's a large selection of real ales and whiskey on sale, though I've normally stuck to wine. The wine selection is extremely limited and is served in the 175ml/250ml bottles rather than out of a larger bottle. I don't mind this though I'm not a fan of it at all. The pub doesn't serve food but you are able to bring your own food in, we've got takeaway from Bodega and Woktastic and brought it in before with no problems.
There's a small selection of board games on offer, such as Jenga which can turn a quiet night into a bit of a riot! The place does get busy. I've been here at 4.30pm and struggled to get a table though other nights it's been fine. It's a good place for after work drinks and having a laugh with some mates.
I love this place! This real ale pub in the centre of town is really chilled out and friendly, with a fab choice of real ales, ciders and spirits. The out door seating upstairs is a lovely (& fairly new) touch.
The mix of clientele makes it feel very laid back and friendly. 5/5 - as good as it gets
This is possibly my favourite pub in Birmingham city centre since it's been redecorated. It's always had a great selection of ales, but it used to look a bit drab and smell of socks, but no more! It's brighter, clean, and looks like they intend to keep it that way.
One of their great beers on tap is Oakham Ales Citra, a light golden ale brewed from the citra hop, amazing stuff, but they have an ale for every taste there, and they always let you try before you buy if you're unsure what to have. They also have what is possibly the largest selection of bourbons, around the 30 mark when I was in recently!
For the smokers or lovers of outdoor drinking, they have a roof terrace beer garden which makes a change, so while you don't get much of a view, you do get sheltered from wind. It's a great place to eat the pizza you had delivered ;)
They don't do food, but you're welcome to bring your own, I've even seen people have pizza delivered to the door.
Real ale, good atmosphere, they have cats! Need I say more?
Top place in Birmingham to visit if you're looking to try some real ales. Can bring in your own food, they will even give you some plates. Probably the best pub in Birmingham.
Having Recently being redecorated and Refurbished, and with the addition of an upstairs bar and roof terrace, this real ale pub is by far the best in Birmingham.
It may not have the size of selection of the post office vaults, but still boasts and impressive 16 guest ales that you can view online before venturing to the bar, along with an A-F guide of ale colour.
The Staff are friendly and willing to make a suggestion should you be stuck for what to try.
If ale isn't your thing, there is also a good selection of cider (Scrumpy and Clear) as well as imported Pilsner and Lager, or if you are feeling more adventurous various spirits (the corn mash moonshine is amazing)
The last big draw of this place is although they don't do food, you can buy takeout from one of the many local restaurants or takeaways and take it in to sit down and use the plates, cutlery, condiments & sauces that the welly provides.
Also, central for bus stops, train stations and and taxi ranks mean you really don't have to worry about transport once you have soaked up the Atmosphere.
My Advice: make a note of beers you like in case you see them again. but don't be scared to try different ales or go for half-pints so you can taste more.
The Wellington (or the "Welly" as it's known locally), has the finest ale selection of any pub in Central Birmingham. It's definitely a Pub (in the old fashioned sense of the word), shunning the modern idea of the cocktail or gastropub.
The first thing you will notice when you enter is the décor. It's dark and dingy downstairs - but perfect for meeting up with friends and having a game of cards whilst enjoyed something locally brewed or a bit more exotic (y'know - from locations such as Lancaster). The most modern thing in the downstairs bar is the LCD boards telling you what beer is currently on, its originating brewery and the percentage. It also gives you a guide of whether it's a blonde or dark ale, which is really handy when you're looking at a list of names with no idea of the taste.
If you're anything like me, you'll pick something with the most amusing name. Top tip - remember the pump number! There are so many different beers on, the staff struggle to remember the names of all of them, if you can give them a pump number - you'll have a friend for life.
If you want to see the great outdoors, head to their brand new terrace (upstairs, through the door). It's a real sun trap and the ideal location to have a break from the hubbub of the city with a good pint.
I know this place is famous for its huge variety of ales but I'm not an ale drinker :-(. I like the Wellington for a different reason, for the Whisky selection :-)! The only previous time I'd seen a good selection of single malts was in Scotland!.. Birmingham is blessed with this gem. I highly recommend checking this place out for the Whisky if not the ales.
Very difficult to score this pub less than 5 out of 5, friendly staff, a huge selection of real ale and a great atmosphere.
This packed real ale pub attracts beer lovers young and old alike. The bar gleams with a row of 16 pumps, each holding exquisitely kept cask ale. The choice of beers is so large that the landlord has resorted to listing the beers by number on big screens dotted around the pub, you order by simply giving the number of your tipple of choice.
The ales on offer include Wye Valley, Purity and several Black Country Ales. There are three artisanal ciders available for those who prefer apples to hops.
No food is served, other than the obligatory packets of crisps and pork scratchings, but you are welcome to bring in your own food - they'll even provide the plates and cutlery. There's a quiz every Sunday evening, starting at 7.30pm. The prize is, quite naturally, a gallon of beer.
The top ale pub in Birmingham. A combination of the old (traditional pub appearance) and the new (large screen displays the beers currently on (all 12-15 of them), their price, type and strength).
I enjoyed a mild and a stout. Because I got the mild in before 1pm, it, Pig on a Wall, was only 1 pound 80. The place was already fairly busy at that time of day, with, as I see it, good reason.
Disadvantages? Not much. It doesn't do food, but then it allows you to bring in your own in and makes cutlery available with which you can attack it. It's not really that cosy, but you can't have everything.
It's hard to imagine that such atmospheric bar is placed right in the middle of the city centre! Anyway, I had no doubts that The Wellington was the temple of the real ales, in Birmingham, so visiting this pub was in the list of things to do since I arrived here last year.
The fact I have been there with some friends- ale experts and beer enthusiasts- would be a plus but even for them it seemed to be a brand new experience. After all, we never know what the beer board reserves!
As I knew that would take more than one visit to understand the vast world of ales, I have asked for a pint of "Stairway to Heaven" and when some people told me it was actually a good choice, I made my mind straight away.
Another important thing to learn about The Wellington: it's a small pub that tends to be pretty packed so don't expect to find tables and seats available easily or even too much space there. In my opinion, it's just adds to the whole experience.
Second thing: in the back of the bar there is a beer garden that takes you straight to another fine pub worth visiting in the area, The Old Joint Stock.
This is my favourite pub in the whole of the City Centre. Since a lot of my favourite haunts have either closed or else changed into something awful in recent years, this isn't such a bold statement. That said, The Wellington REALLY IS a great pub.
Where to start? How about the fact that if you fancy a bite to eat you can bring your own food in and rather than being told to get out, the staff will actually give you a plate and some cutlery? I've literally never heard of another pub that does this. Perhaps that might give an insight into the character of the place. It's a bit of a one off in a city centre that is increasingly like every other city centre.
The Wellington is very much a real ale pub. It's beloved amongst the CAMRA crowd, so there will often be a lot of CAMRA-looking blokes at the bar, working their way down the taps and sampling everything that is on offer. You don't have to be an expert to enjoy what they have, though. There is a handy TV screen above the bar that displays the available beers like football scores - rating them in terms of darkness, ABV, and so on. Personally I prefer lager and stick to the rather nice, German Bitburger.
This place gets VERY busy from about 3.30pm onwards as folk from the numerous nearby offices drift away from their jobs and stop in for a drink or three. It generally tends to thin out after about 8pm, although I have known it to still be difficult to get a seat late into the evening. All in all, though, a cracking place to have a drink.
There's not too much to say about The Wellington other than it has an exceptional selection of real ales - the best selection in central Birmingham, by far.
The place itself is nothing to write home about, but that really isn't the point of the place. It's all about the beer. They always have around 15 different real ales on draught at any one time, and they cycle them pretty fast. Their website says "In 2005 we sold 2610 different real ales which we believe is more than any other pub in the UK." wicked.
Another great plus point is it's vicinity to the Old Joint Stock, one of the other essential real ale pubs in Birmingham. You literally walk out of the back door of the Wellington, through the tiny beer garden, and into the Old Joint Stock. Perfect for pub crawls!
Real ale paradise. Fifteen constantly changing hand pulls, only one barrel of each allowed! Sometimes they come back if they're particularly good. There's also a decent number of ciders on offer (watch out for neon greensleeves) of varying deadliness!
This place is also good if you're not too sure about real ale, but are happy to give it a go. If you're not that open-minded you might get a glare for ordering a Carling, darling. But do give it a try. The staff and regulars are all too happy to recommend particulars for you and begin your baptism of ale...
Finishing touches are big here. There's no food but for the odd bag of pork scratchings. What there is though... plates, cutlery, condiments and napkins in case you want to bring your own. Everyone does. When I was working nearby, loads of the suits went to Philpotts (qype.co.uk/place/56595-P…) to pick up sandwiches and took them on to the Welly. And just to show that ale isn't just for blokes and they've thought of the girls too, there's loads of girly stuff to use in the toilets. Oh, and there's a pub cat, called Welly.
Sadly, it's all gone a bit sad since the departure of the Essex's best barman (qype.co.uk/people/jonmhi…) , but I shan't dwell on that.
What's the collective noun for a large quantity of ales? A beard? A quaff? Perhaps a pull?
Anyway, it could easily be a Wellington of ales. Because this place has a LOT. They have so many, and are changed so frequently, that to avoid confusing the barman you order by pump number, rather than name.
"Two pints of seven and a half of twelve" might be a bit of a weird order, but I can assure you, it's going to be a good order, they're quality drinks here. And don't worry if you're a pansy southerner like me who doesn't really agree with the dark stuff, the pub has a load of flat screen TVs dotted about the place showing you what's on offer, the price, the brewery it came from and what kind of drink it is. Quite frankly a genius idea.
No food is served here (except for bar snacks - and I felt it appropriate to have a bag of Black County Pork Scratchings...mmmm...coronary) but you can bring in your own. Plates, knives and forks are provided which is an ace little touch.
Now, as this is a pub devoted to the blokeiest of drinks (sorry to stereotype but imagine someone who likes ale. Go on. They have a beard don't they...) you might think it to be a little lacking in female touches. Not so. My girlfriend visited the toilets in this pub and came back with a shocked look on her face.
"What's wrong?" - Oh no, it's probably a bucket and a filthy rag and a door that wouldn't shut...
"The..toilets....they were AMAZING!"
Apparently the toilets were the best she had ever seen. I don't quite know what girls want from a pub toilet, but this one had EVERYTHING.
The gents are pretty standard. Which was a bit of a let down, considering what was going on next door.
Clientele varied from old dudes on iPads to couples on their way to a wedding to guys in suits and everything in between. All happy, all friendly.
One of the best pubs I've been to. Like ale? - You'll LOVE The Wellington.
The best proper pub in central Brum. Real ales are the order of the day as well as a couple of continental lagers and some domestic (strong) ciders. Its all about the real ales though.
Service is friendly. No food but your welcome to bring your own - which is a nice touch. Interior is a bit old hat but it matches the style of the pub. Crackin place to enjoy some really good beers!
Ah, the Welly. What's not to love? A great atmosphere, a real ale selection that's second to none in the whole of Birmingham, and laid-back staff that are happy for people to bring their own food into the pub, even providing plates and cutlery for those that do!
A giant screen dominates the wall near the bar, advising customers as to the current ale selection, as well as offering tips as to the best one to pick if you're not an expert in such matters.
The Wellington's great popularity does work against it from time to time, as the place is often so busy that not only can you not find a seat, but by merely standing anywhere in the bar area you can find yourself jostling to make way for someone attempting to get to the toilet, or the exit, or the bar, or back to their table. It can also take a little while to get served at the bar.
Small gripes aside, this is one of the best places to drink in central Brum. I know folk from out of town who consider it an essential visit whenever they are in the area. If you can find a table, you're laughing. Either way, you won't regret paying The Welly a visit.
This is a great pub serving large selection of real ales kept to a high standard . Predominantly Black Country Ales are sold here . The prices are a bit high though .
Excellent voice of real ales as all the other reviewers state.
Big display screen so you can see what they have before you get to the bar.
Regularly added beers as some ran out on the evening we were there so always 15 to choose from.
Bit shabby decor but who cares?
Ideally located in the centre of Birmingham and not far from the ICC if you need to escape a conference.
A short stroll from Birmingham New Street station is the real ale and cider paradise, The Wellington. A regular winner of the Camra pub of the year award, The Wellington attracts all ages and walks of life, and licensee Nigel Barker is the very soul of a welcoming host. So great (ratdoc.com)
I would give this place more stars but its so damn pricey compared to other pubs. Its still worth a visit but I treat lt like a beer festival and drink 5/6 halves rather than pints. But what a choice of ale - well worth a visit if in the area.
Now this is more like it! Well done Nige, great range of beers, bit dear I s'pose, but that's Brum for you. And you can bring your own grub in, and you will be given a plate and cutlery! A pound off Black Country beers for early birds. Regular watering hole, cos it's good.
Look out for the Cheese nights, first Thursdays , from Sept, correct me if I'm wrong. Bring some cheese for a cheese feast, Grommit.
Proper pub. Great list of real ales. Smells a bit. And what's even better, is you can bring your own food in! Be careful with some of the ciders as they pack a real punch and some of the beer is not for the younger larger crowd. As a consequence the average age in here is slightly on the older side.
What a fab pub. 16 real ales on. A little on the small side and can get very busy at times. Still outstanding
best pub in brum!go online & check what beers are available before you go as only usually 1 barrel is ordered & constantly changing great atmosphere
This is a nice small pub. Great beer selection. Price is ok considering its a city center pub. £3.40 for a pint. Its nicely out of the way.
Excellent Real ale pub, slap bang in the centre of Brum. As I write this there are 14 different real ales showing as available on their website, I can verify that this is typical of the variety they offer! Great staff that seem to take pride in their work; and the pub clearly well loved by its management. Concentration definitely on the ale, food is 'bring your own' while they provide plates and cutlery. Nice crowd of people just there to enjoy the beer and company.
This is such a great pub for real ale. They regularly have at least 10 different real ales on. The turnover is great so the ales keep changing. You can even take your own food in to the pub and they will provide you with cutlery and plates. The guys that run it are really friendly and will advise you on all the beers they sell. The only thing I didn't like was that I find the pub a bit on the smelly side and think its overdue for new carpets etc.
Fantastic array of beers, 15 different hand pumps i think. They let you take your own food in as they dont serve meals which is a great idea for a quick break whilst in town. The selection makes it a great place to go for the evening too, a bar crawl in one building!
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