The Old Crown has been a part of Birmingham since 1368, which is amazing really when you consider that Birmingham was only a market town then (it was the third largest town in Warwickshire apparently). With its distinctive black and white timber frame it stands out amongst the much younger city buildings that surround it. It must have seen so much over the years, with civil war skirmishes being fought around it and it seems Queen Elizabeth I once stayed the night.
Anyway it’s an easy walk from the very centre of Birmingham to get to The Old Crown – only 5-10 minutes from the Bullring. Once you step inside though it feels like you have walked into some old country pub and there a lots of original features like lovely old wooden floor boards and even an old well. We were invited along to try out the Sunday lunch option. We decided to bypass the starters because I wanted to leave room for pudding and H was planning on having an adult main meal, so a starter as well would have been a bit much. There were some tempting sounding salads and some warm breads to share though.
I went in a nice roast in the shape of the Roast Rump of Beef with Fresh Horseradish and Chive Cream. As you can see it was a nice cut of beef and I liked that it wasn’t overdone. H was very envious of my lovely big Yorkshire Pudding. The Horseradish and Chive Cream won’t be to everyone’s taste because it’s a strong flavour, but it did complement the beef nicely.
H loves Fish and Chips, so I wasn’t surprised when he picked it off the menu. This one has a Pedigree ale and herb batter with big chips, it normally comes with mushy peas, but we asked if we could swap to garden peas (I love it when an eatery can be flexible with things like that, it’s great when you are eating out with the family). H really enjoyed his meal and it filled him up nicely.
On the drinks front, I was glad to see a selection of beers aside from the usual lagers. There were a range of bitters from Pale Ales to darker brews like Hobgoblin, but I opted for the Pedigree which seemed to be nicely kept and very smooth.
It was only me in the running for pudding and I went for the Chocolate Delice. Sadly some of the topping slid off before I could take my photos, but it was very lovely and I think H was regretting not having enough room left for dessert.
The Old Crown aren’t just a place to eat and drink though and they have accommodation available too, including some that is suitable for families. It’s a great place to base yourself if you’d like to explore Birmingham as you can easily stroll into town. We’ve teamed up with The Old Crown to offer a night’s accommodation and a Sunday lunch for up to 4 people, plus a £30 gift voucher to spend in the pub. Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. Please note that you will be signed up to their mailing list if you enter the competition, but you can unsubscribe at any time.
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1. No bulk, third-party or automated entries.
2. Entrants must be aged 18 years or older.
3. The winners will be chosen by a random draw.
4. The winner will be notified by email and will have a week to claim their prize. Should they fail to respond within this time, an alternative winner will be selected.
5. Promoter is responsible for fulfilling the prize and full contact details of the winner will be passed onto the promoter.
6. Competition closes on 30th June 2017.
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