Solihull and District

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale


Thursday 17 November 2016 11:30

The latest instalment in our midweek crawl series sees us head to Sutton Coldfield on Thursday 17th November. Meet at Moor Street Station at 11.30am. Expect to finish late afternoon/early evening. We will expect to visit 6 pubs:

The Three Tuns

16th century coaching inn with some old timbers still visible, and the central coach track still evident. The bar area leads off to three rooms, all different in style. There is live music on Saturdays and quizzes on Thursday. Televised sports are often shown. Frequently the guest ale is a special from Thwaites. Food (not Monday) is served noon until 9pm (8pm Sunday) and children are welcome during food hours. Pay & Display parking is nearby

The Gate Inn

Prominent and attractive boozer, offering a good view of Mill Street. A pleasing feature is the leaded-glass windows, of an unusual design. Though aimed at more mature drinkers, the pub has live music most nights of the week, attested to by the many guitars strewn around. Two or three ales feature, usually from larger concerns, but often at the more interesting end of the spectrum. Small outdoor seating area.


Railway-related decor abounds in this classic pub just a few yards from the station. Two rooms, different in character, are served from a central bar, plus there’s an upstairs function room. Monday evening is quiz night, Tuesday live music night and the last Thursday in the month is comedy night. The outdoor drinking area plays host to DJs and live music in summertime. Children are welcome until 6pm. The Holden's house beer is called Station Bitter.

The Bottle of Sack

Large town-centre Wetherspoon, with the usual menu of value food, and an interesting range of changing guest ales, often including West Midlands breweries. The ground floor features a bright conservatory area, and a pleasant outdoor beer terrace. Upstairs is usually a little quieter, and offers a curved balcony overlooking the bar downstairs. The pub name refers to a Sutton-related quote in Shakespeare's Henry IV.

Brewhouse & Kitchen

Opened in December 2015, this spacious brewpub is part of a small national chain. The real ales served are made in the tidy brewery which is a prominent feature at the entrance. There is also a well-chosen international selection of bottled and keg beers. Decor style is rustic wood and bare brick, with a variety of seating areas, and an atmospheric open log fire. Streetside beer terrace; note its ironwork Cup sign, relating to a former name of the pub.

The Duke Inn

Tucked away from the centre of Sutton, this side-street boozer is a welcome break from chain pubs. Regulars play darts in the main bar that features a palewood gantry complete with mirrors and clock. A delightful small lounge to the rear is more cosy. The corridor abutting the bar, features elaborate floor tiles, decorated mirrors, and even a short panel of snob screens. Children are welcome in the beer garden. The guest ale tends to be big brewer.

There are plenty of places in Sutton to grab a bite to eat. Please let me (Steve Dyson- ku.oc.oohay@2591nosyd_evets ) know if you wish to attend so I can keep an eye out for you.