Welcome to Solihull and District CAMRA website. Here you will find a summary of the latest pub news and up and coming events in the next few weeks. More details can be found by following the menu on the left. Why not get involved and come along to one of our branch meetings or follow our Facebook page (see below).
- February Branch Meeting Followed by AGM
Monday 5 February 2018 20:00
Sharman's Cross, Solihull
Solihull CAMRA Branch Meeting - all branch members welcome.
A short Branch meeting at 8 pm will be followed by the Branch AGM.
- Rowley Regis Pub Crawl
Friday 9 February 2018
Daytime pub crawl around Rowley Regis. Just over 30 minutes by direct trains from Solihull and Shirley - Train times Solihull 11:17 (Dorridge 11:09) and Shirley 11:22.
Sample of proposed Pubs
Britannia Pub & Brewery - Rowley Village, Rowley Regis B65 9AT Opening Times 12-1am, Meal Times 12-9.
Following a high-spec refurbishment, this multi-roomed pub reopened in September 2017 offering a welcome combination of 9 real ales, bottled craft beer, 5 real ciders, and hearty food. Dean Cartwright, from the Pig Iron Brewing Company of Brierley Hill, is brewing under the pseudonym of Britt Brewery in a satellite unit at the rear. Both Pig Iron and Britt Brewery cask ales are always available and accompanied by beers from Fixed Wheel, Wye Valley, Fownes, and others. The Britt Brewery ale is usually Brew Brittania but this might rotate to include, for example, Britt Pop. All hot meals are less than £7 and feature rather unusual pies and sausages as well as traditional faggots and burgers.
Swan Long Lane, Halesowen B62 9JY Owner Black Country Ales
The Swan is a CAMRA success story. Saved from the bulldozers by locals, Stourbridge and Halesowen CAMRA and Black Country Ales the Swan is now open. The serving area is a single bar. A staircase leads to the toilets and access to the garden and smoking area to the rear. Branch pub of the year in 2016. Eleven real ales and six real ciders are always available. Cobs and pork pies are always available.
This pub serves 3 regular beers. -Black Country Bradley's Finest Golden, Fireside, Pig on the Wall and 8 changing beers.
Fixed Wheel Brewery Tap Unit 9, Long Lane Trading Estate, Long Lane, Blackheath, Halesowen B62 9LD Opening Times 4-10 Fri
A traditional tap room, situated within the brewery, right next to the brewery kit with a vibrant community atmosphere, where all people are friends of the brewery and if you are not a friend, you will soon be welcomed into the community. In addition of up to four cask beers there are usually six KeyCasks and four rotating guest ciders always on offer together with bottle conditioned beers brewed and bottled on site. Pub serves 4 changing beers and changing beers typically include Fixed Wheel from Fixed Wheel's core and special beers.
Shell-ter 1A Nimmings Road, Halesowen B62 9JJ Opening Times 12-11 Micro-pub near Shell Corner that opened in autumn 2017. Large room, big enough to hold 50 customers in single room. Cold snacks always available (cobs, samosa's, etc.). Comfortable interior decor; military-themed with a gas mask, German hand grenade, ammo box and replica plane in the roof space. Three real ales (always available, usually from local breweries, Enville Ale, Wye Valley HPA plus 1 changing beer and a box of real cider.
Please let me ku.oc.oohay@2591nosyd_evets() know if you will be coming so that I can keep an eye out for you at Rowley Regis Station
- Social - Pin, Pie and Pint
Thursday 15 February 2018 19:00
Fleur de Lys
Pin, Pie and Pint social at the Fleur de Lys in Lowsonford.
This year’s Pin, Pie and Pint social returns by popular demand to the Fleur de Lys in Lowsonford. We do not have many pubs in this area that still have traditional pub skittles, but the Fleur de Lys is one of them. As with last year, we will be running the evening on a Thursday, Thursday 15 February. This is because Nick and Emma have made such a success of the Fleur de Lys that they no longer have space to run the skittles on Friday, Saturday or Sunday evenings.
I am very conscious that a Thursday evening is not likely to prove as popular as a Friday for many and that this year it is a little close to Valentine’s Day, but we have certainly had fun at this event over the last few years so I wanted to see if we can keep our support going for this lovely old pub. What I therefore need from you please is an indication as to whether you do intend to come along.
We need a minimum of 16 to make it worthwhile for the pub to remove tables and set up the skittles alley, and this also gives management an idea as to whether they need to ensure they have additional staff on. In the past couple of years we have had around 30 people and it would be nice to do so again. Remember this is one social that it’s great to bring your better half to (perhaps being close to Valentine’s Day isn’t so bad after all) – lovely old pub in a great setting, real fires, good food, good real ale and great company. Plus that small matter of the grudge match – will the ladies come out better than the men on the skittles alley. Feel free to bring friends too (potential new members always welcome).
The idea is to meet from 7.00pm onwards. As before, no need to all turn up bang on 7.00pm as it helps the kitchen if our arrivals are spread out somewhat. The pub was the original home of the Fleur de Lys pie that many of you (over a certain age, like me) may remember fondly from fish and chip shops in the area (though various take overs mean this make of pie no longer exists). However, they still have an interesting menu, including pies (Kate & Sidney, Heidi, Deerstalker etc). You can get a good idea of what is available from their website (http://www.fleurdelys-lowsonford.com/). The pub also has four hand pumps and visits during last year have seen some interesting guest ales (they even had a Goddards ale from Isle of Wight last week).
I do need to get a firm idea of numbers interested in attending, so can you let me know if you are coming by e-mailing me at the address below and letting me know how many of you there will be. Please let me firstname.lastname@example.org() know by 20 January at the latest.
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