header image

Two friends from Newport, Wales and New York, USA share pictures of their passion for beer. Read more...

November, 2010 Archives

Behind the bar at the City Arms, a redeveloped Brains pub that provides one of the best selections of ale and foreign beers in Cardiff. You can read a review of the pub on Travels with Beer.

The Old Contemptibles pub is named after the First World War heroes, the British Expeditionary Force led by General Sir John French, who suffered heavy casualties in holding up the German advance at Mons. Kaiser Wilhelm II ordered his men to exterminate French's 'contemptible little army', leading to the nickname that we now proudly remember and which also stuck to the 1914 Star medal - The Old Contemptibles' medal. The Birmingham pub, named as the best-designed pub in the country in 2008, is decorated with First World War murals, campaign maps and the pub sign is a recreation of the 1914 Mons Star Medal. There has been a pub on the site for more than two hundred years and has been known as the Adelphi Wine Vaults, the Albion Hotel and since 1953, the Old Contemptibles.

How many have you tried?

How many have you tried?

The Old Joint Stock is an impressive Fullers-owned pub located in the heart of Birmingham. Built in 1864, the Grade-II listed building was originally the Old Stock Bank. Like The Counting House and Old Bank of England in London, the interior is extremely impressive with a large island bar, a high ceiling and a huge glass dome in the centre of the ceiling. You can read a review of the pub and view more photos on Travels with Beer.