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The Shakespeare (Nicholson's (Mitchells & Butlers))

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale AleExcellent4
Loch Ness - Hoppy NessExcellent2
Hogs Back - England's GloryGood1
Hook Norton - Hooky BitterGood1
Bath Ales - Pale AleGood1
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Legally BlondeAcceptable1
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Purity - Pure UBUNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurNot Tried0
Wickwar - BOB (Brand Oak Bitter)Not Tried0
Cross Bay - NightfallNot Tried0
Robinsons - Double Hop India Pale AleNot Tried0
Leeds - HellfireNot Tried0
Harviestoun - Wild Hop IPANot Tried0
Milestone - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Mordue - Northumbrian BlondeNot Tried0
Robinsons - UnicornNot Tried0
Bath Ales - SPANot Tried0
Adnams - Kristal White AleNot Tried0
Bath Ales - AnthemNot Tried0
Broughton - GreenmantleNot Tried0
St Austell - Proper JobNot Tried0
Acorn - Dead GoodNot Tried0
Truman's - Tom Ditto IPANot Tried0
Great Heck - Shankar IPANot Tried0
Andwell - Red IPANot Tried0
Wadworth - 6XNot Tried0
Moorhouse's - White WitchNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Shakespeare, Birmingham, West Midlands
Picture 2. The Shakespeare, Birmingham, West Midlands

Visits Details

13 Jan 2015 (HSB)
12:00 30 minutes between trains so time for a pint. Not too busy barman told me about the benefits of joining the Nicholsons Hop Circle.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Legally Blonde4.00AcceptableBit tired.
Wadworth - 6X4.10Not Tried
Purity - Pure UBU4.50Not Tried
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Moorhouse's - White Witch3.90Not Tried
09 Jun 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until close. Visit soured when another existing customer wanted another pint at 2255 to be told that service had stopped despite 2300 close - due to till having been taken away.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hogs Back - England's Glory4.40GoodBittersweet as I recall Hogs Back's TEA used to taste
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Purity - Pure UBU4.50Not Tried
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Great Heck - Shankar IPA5.90Not TriedRan out when I asked for it
Andwell - Red IPA4.50Not Tried
24 Mar 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. With suddenly an extra hour to kill a 2nd visit for some more of that superb Hoppy Ness.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Loch Ness - Hoppy Ness5.00Excellent
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Truman's - Tom Ditto IPA5.00Not Tried
24 Mar 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. First day of Nicholson's beer festival.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Loch Ness - Hoppy Ness5.00ExcellentSuperb hop and sweet mix. Moreish
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Acorn - Dead Good4.50Not TriedRan out
Truman's - Tom Ditto IPA5.00Not TriedLinked with the launch of Danny Wallace's new novel "Who is Tom Ditto?"
22 Apr 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Used my London Drinker coupon exchanged for the Nicholson's Pale Ale.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Excellent
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Purity - Pure UBU4.50Not Tried
Adnams - Kristal White Ale4.20Not Tried
Bath Ales - Anthem4.50Not Tried
Broughton - Greenmantle3.90Not TriedNot seen this for years. Lower abv than in its heyday
11 Mar 2013 (Andrew)
First pub in Birmingham for me. Found half way between the station and a Tesco. It was okay.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Bath Ales - Pale Ale3.70GoodDiacetyl but in good condition. Toasted coffee.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Not Tried
Purity - Pure UBU4.50Not Tried
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
28 Jan 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Excellent
Robinsons - Unicorn4.20Not Tried
Bath Ales - SPA3.70Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Purity - Pure UBU4.50Not Tried
16 Nov 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. Very busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Excellent
Robinsons - Double Hop India Pale Ale4.80Not Tried
Leeds - Hellfire5.20Not Tried
Harviestoun - Wild Hop IPA4.20Not Tried
Milestone - American Pale Ale4.60Not Tried
Mordue - Northumbrian Blonde4.00Not Tried
30 May 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Upon entering I exclaimed "Zanussi". The pub quiz was in full flight and the question was about famous advertising slogans. "The appliance of science" was the question. Quite a techie quizmistress with a laptop including musical clips for identification.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00ExcellentA house ale in selected Nicholson's outlets. Very passable as the Monty Python Four Yorkshiremen sketch might say. Ran out shortly after my order
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Not Tried
Wickwar - BOB (Brand Oak Bitter)4.00Not TriedRan out during my visit
Purity - Pure UBU4.50Not Tried
Cross Bay - Nightfall3.80Not TriedCame on to replace the Wickwar BOB
21 May 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Very quiet but immediate welcome and conversation about football news from barman.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hook Norton - Hooky Bitter3.60GoodDo you know this did not taste like Hooky Bitter but it was very drinkable. I wonder if it was Hooky Gold!
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Purity - Pure UBU4.50Not Tried

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About The Shakespeare

The pub sign. The Shakespeare, Birmingham, West Midlands

Summary of Beer Scores

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Exceptional-
Excellent7
Good3
Acceptable1
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Birmingham, West Midlands, B2 4JD.

Located in Lower Temple Street Birmingham within a short stroll of New Street railway station, Alexandra Theatre and Bullring Shopping Centre. Outside seated area by the pavement. Famous for original Victorian internal features including chandeliers and green and cream wall tiling including up the staircase. Old M&B tiled floor in entrance doorway. Attractive drinking environment in heart of the City. 8 handpumps sported on the bar counter with at least 1 cider being dispensed.

We have visited this pub 11 times, seen 32 different beers and tried 7 of them.

Map location

Postcode: B2 4JD