- Bull's Head
A true country village local, formerly a 15th-century coaching inn, with two comfortable bars with real fires and a small intimate restaurant. Friendly welcome from locals and staff. Cask Marque accredited with two regular ales and two guests (always reliable quality); seven times local Pub of the Year and has featured in the Good Beer Guide almost continuously since 1993. Good value standard menu plus seasonal home-cooked food. Popular with walkers and dog-owners, the pub hosts the annual village fete each August bank holiday.
- Malt Shovel
Smart, very food-orientated
- Bull's Head Barston Lane Barston B92 0JU ku.oc.evil@notsrabdaehsllub(01675) 442830
- Bentley Heath
- Drum & Monkey
177 Four Ashes Road
Recently refurbished, the Drum & Monkey has lots of exposed beams and brickwork, giving an olde worlde feeling without being tacky. The name may come from the blasting powder carriers working on construction of the nearby railway - the powder monkeys. And the drum? The receptacle the powder was stored in. The manager is a real ale enthusiast, and the beers (mostly from the Greene King stable, but often including Timothy Taylor and local Silhill brewery) are usually in fabulous condition. Food is superb.
- Drum & Monkey 177 Four Ashes Road Bentley Heath B93 8ND (01564) 772242
- Meriden Bar & Resturant
nepo(0121) 767 8235
Bar and restaurant, on the 'airside' of the Departures area - so it is open only to departing travellers.
- Meriden Bar & Resturant Bickenhill B26 3QJ nepo(0121) 767 8235
- Catherine de Barnes
- Boat Inn
222 Hampton Lane
Catherine de Barnes
(0121) 705 0474
Pleasant chain pub
- Boat Inn 222 Hampton Lane Catherine de Barnes B91 2TJ (0121) 705 0474
- Chadwick End
- Orange Tree
Food-oriented country pub, part of the Lovely Pubs chain. Garden good for children.
- Orange Tree Warwick Road Chadwick End B93 0BN nepo(01564) 785364
- Cheswick Green
Modern pub, sports on TV
- Saxon Cheswick Green B90 4JA nepo(01564) 703328
- Crown Inn
Traditional, quiet two-room free house with a genuine public bar, a small restaurant area and a small children's play area. No meals on Sunday evening.
- Red Lion
Dating from the 16th century the Red Lion has been a pub for 200 years. Now owned by Enterprise Inns, it promotes itself as a gastropub; it is advisable to book for meals at weekends. It has a large outdoor seating area with magnificent views of the Warwickshire countryside.
- Crown Inn Henley Road Claverdon CV35 8LJ ku.oc.nodrevalcnninworceht@ofni(01926) 842210
- Dickens Heath
- Forest Hotel
25 Station Approach
This Victorian hotel, believed to date from 1870, has polished wood tables with armchairs and sofas giving a relaxed, contemporary atmosphere. Bar meals are served and there is a separate restaurant specialising in Fine Dining. The large outdoor seating area makes this a popular pub in the summer, and the function room can be hired for parties, weddings etc. There is a cider festival in summer and a real ale festival in winter (November), and occasional discos and special events such as Burns Night. Breakfast is available for non-residents if booked in advance. Free wi-fi is available. The pub aims to open its own micro-brewery in 2016.
- Knowle & Dorridge Cricket Club
Established cricket club inaugurated in 1896 set in an upmarket residential area. Visitors are welcome to try the ever-changing range of up to three cask-conditioned ales, always well-kept and often from interesting breweries. There are no entry restrictions, but Club members are able to purchase drinks at a reduced price. There is outside seating to watch top-class cricket in the Birmingham league. The Club holds its own occasional beer festivals which are open to the public.
- Knowle & Dorridge Racquets Club
Local sports club
The pub dates back to the 1850s and construction of the Birmingham to London railway, hence the name. Frontage to road is Grade II listed. Run by the Watson family since 1915. Up to three guest beers are available as well as a real cider. Good value pub food served, including game when in season. The large garden, with children's play area and heated outdoor patio, is busy in summer while the public bar provides a welcoming real fire in the winter.
- Forest Hotel 25 Station Approach Dorridge B93 8JA moc.letoh-tserof@ofni(01564) 772120
- Bull's Head
7 Limekiln Lane
Originally built in 1740 for the navvies constructing the Stratford upon Avon canal. The pub is a collection of late 18th and early 19th century two storey whitewashed brick buildings, linked and extended - Grade II listed. It is rumoured to be haunted by the ghost of a 17th century lime kiln worker. A pub since 1832, it was refurbished in the 1990s; comfortable, welcoming interior with a large real fire. Now a Thwaites house, unusual in Solihull.
- Lady Lane Wharf
A former boat club , this family-friendly hostelry is on a side arm of the Stratford upon Avon canal near Earlswood. Wye Valley and four regularly changing unusual guests including seasonal specials. CAMRA members and other visitors always welcome. Cask ale club for CAMRA members, annual beer festival each summer. Home-cooked reasonably priced food every day. With a beer garden next to the canal, this is an ideal stopping-off place for walkers and cyclists - visitors are always welcome. Solihull & District CAMRA’s Most Improved Pub/Club of the Year 2014, and Club of the Year 2015.
- Red Lion
Large country pub; part of the Vintage Inn chain, with the standard food and drink offerings.
Large open-plan pub, part of he Fayre & Square chain. There is a Wacky Warehouse in a separate building. The pub hosts a Beer & Sausage festival one weekend each March.
- Bull's Head 7 Limekiln Lane Earlswood B94 6BU (01564) 702335
- Hampton in Arden
- White Lion
10 High Street
Hampton in Arden
Charming 17th century timber-framed building with Grade II status, the White Lion has been licensed since 1838. L-shaped lounge and dining area with a separate public bar, with lovely real fires. Dining area is light, airy and open plan. Quality British pub food with a French accent, served lunchtime and evening only. Quantity and quality of real ales have improved since current tenant took over in 2010; voted Most Improved Pub 2011 by local CAMRA branch.
- White Lion 10 High Street Hampton in Arden B92 0AA moc.nninoiletihweht@ofni(01675) 442833
- Black Swan
23 High Street
A large rambling multi roomed split level pub with a wealth of beams, although it is now semi-open plan. There is a traditional cider, and traditional pub games are played including dominoes, crib and darts. Various forms of live entertainment including a regular quiz night every Thursday. There is a small beer garden beyond the car park. Dogs and children welcome. Note food served until 4 pm on Sundays in the winter. New owners have taken on the Black Swan in early 2017.
93 High Street
The Bluebell may have been a coaching inn back in the 17th Century but the current décor is quirky and eclectic, yet relaxing. A free house, the three handpumps are used for an interesting range of beers. It was named Midlands Restaurant of the Year 2013 by the Which? Good Food Guide, but drinkers are still welcome in the comfortable bar area.
- Nag's Head
161 High Street
This pub has benefitted from a sympathetic refurbishment, in keeping with the nature of the building. The southern part, used primarily as restaurant, is Grade II listed and dates back to the 17th century. In addition to the three real ales listed, the pub also has its own Nag's Head Ale.
- Three Tuns
103 High Street
An unpretentious 16th century two roomed traditional drinkers pub. Popular with locals, the atmosphere is always friendly. Five real ales, in consistently good condition. No food, though the usual pub snacks, plus home-made sausage rolls and cobs are usually available. Parking is on the main street outside the pub.
- White Swan
100 High Street
16th-18th century coaching inn; the Grade II* listed building dates back to the mid to late 16th century. The rear part is now a Stone Aged Steakhouse restaurant, serving food 6-9 pm Mon-Sat.
- Black Swan 23 High Street Henley-in-Arden B95 5AA moc.liamg@aihnawskcalbeht(01564) 795338
- Hockley Heath
Partly rebuilt and totally refurbished following a fire in 1998, part of the building is listed and miraculously escaped major damage. The pub is part of a large complex featuring Premier Inn and restaurant. The bar features a large gas "log fire" and is divided into various seating areas. There is an abundance of bare brickwork and wooden beams which give the impression of a much older building. It has a children's play area. Recentley re-branded as "Orange Cow Beefeater".
- King George VI Club
Members only club
- Miller & Carter
National steak chain with a distinctly food focus. But they do aim to compliment their steaks with good quality, well kept, local real ales.
8640 Stratford Road
Originally a restaurant/bar, the Oak underwent a major refurbishment in 2014, with a 63-bed hotel extension being added.
- Wharf Tavern
2390 Stratford Road
As its name suggests, the Wharf Tavern is alongside the Stratford-upon-Avon canal, next to what was a busy wharf. The building dates back to the mid-18th century, and has benefitted from a sympathetic restoration in 2014. It’s a community pub, with a darts team, quiz and poker nights, it even plays host to a board game club. Up to six real ales are on offer, along with an extensive menu and a selection of specials.
- Barn Stratford Road Hockley Heath B94 6NX nepo(01564) 782144
- Ale Rooms
1592 High Street
This newly opened micro pub in a converted shop (formerly a funeral director's!) on the High Street is a welcome addition to the Knowle pub scene. The pub stocks up to 3 real ales from the local Silhill brewery, along with one Oakham ale and guests and real cider, and also offers wines and spirits, including speciality gins. Pieminister pies are available at all times during opening hours, and there is free wifi.
- Black Boy
Friendly pub sited off the main road in its own grounds right next to the canal which runs along the rear of the pub. There is a large garden from which to watch the boats go by. Excellent traditional food is served with three real fires to keep warm in winter. A classic car meet is held between April and September on the first Tuesday evening of the month. Children welcome.
- Greswolde Arms Hotel
Hotel with public bar and restaurant; it was a coaching inn as far back as the 17th century. Now under the Chef & Brewer banner.
- King's Arms
2110 Warwick Road
Smart canalside pub with food
- Red Lion
1672 High Street
In a large, 17th century, Grade II listed building, this pub has a single bar servicing a number of secluded areas. The interior has been extensively modernised while still retaining some of the original character, including exposed beams and a cast iron fireplace dating from 1779. Three coal-effect gas fires add to the ambience. Up to three regularly changing guest ales are on offer along with standard Ember Inns food, available until 10pm daily.
St John's Close
A wide range of quality real ales can be found at this traditional pub, as well as real cider from the Westons range. In recent years it has been a regular winner of the local CAMRA branch pub of the year, and is a popular meeting place for those visiting the many local restaurants. Wi-fi is available, and major sporting events are shown on Sky Sports TV. Light meals are served from 12-2pm (Monday to Saturday).
- Wilson Arms
Large Toby Carvery, in a Grade II listed building. Open for breakfast from 8 am.
- Ale Rooms 1592 High Street Knowle B93 0LF (01564) 400040
Old Warwick Road
High-end gastropub in a lovely canalside location. There are two- and three-course prix fixee menus available lunchtimes Monday to Friday, evenings Monday to Thursday. As well as the garden, there is now a teepee which can be hired for private parties of up to 30 people. Part of the Lovely Pubs group
Old Warwick Road
A popular pub with a garden that adjoins the Grand Union Canal. The original flagstone floored bar has a very traditional feel and there is a small, comfortable lounge to one side. A sympathetic extension at the rear provides a restaurant area where home-cooked food is served. Al fresco dining is popular in the summer months when the gardens are always busy. The beers are well-kept and interesting guests are often featured. A real cider is always available. Well-behaved children are always welcome.The pub is open for breakfast from 10 am on Saturday and Sunday.
Modern food-oriented pub. Open for breakfast from 8 to 10:30 Monday to Friday, 8 to 11 Saturday and Sunday. Wednesday is open mic night, and there is live music on a monthly basis.
- Boot Old Warwick Road Lapworth B94 6JU ku.oc.sbupylevol@nnitoobeht(01564) 782464
- Fleur de Lys
Rambling country pub in a building dating to 17th century - beware low beams! Open fires give it a welcoming feel; good food, including an interesting selection of pies. New management since summer 2014.
- Fleur de Lys Lapworth Street Lowsonford B95 5HJ moc.drofnoswol-syledruelf@olleh(01564) 782431
- Majors Green
- Drawbridge Drawbridge Road Majors Green B90 1DD (0121) 474 5904
- Preston Bagot
Warwick Road (A4189)
The Crabmill describes itself as a "country pub and eating house". The traditional exterior belies the mock Mediterranean interior, which has polished timber, washed walls and wooden tables and chairs. A small back bar has sofas. The main menus are on the expensive side with a reduced menu at lunchtime; a prix fixee menu is offered on Monday to Friday lunchtimes and Monday to Thursday evenings. The garden is both pleasant and large. Part of the Lovely Pubs group.
- Crabmill Warwick Road (A4189) Preston Bagot B95 5EE (01926) 843342
- Rowington Club
This is a local community club in an idyllic location, overlooking the village cricket club. Day membership is allowed for a nominal fee, and this is waived for card-carrying members of CAMRA and at numerous public events. Has two snooker tables and a darts board. It has a sheltered garden, popular in summer, and a welcoming log fire in the bar in winter. Music and other social events such as the occasional quiz are held during the week, some for all the family. Two local National Trust properties and both the Stratford-upon-Avon and Grand Union canals make it popular with walkers and cyclists, who are welcome to bring their own picnics.
- Tom o'the Wood
Modernised 18th century canal-side pub, named after a local corn mill. Located in a rural setting between Lapworth and Rowington, the pub overlooks the Grand Union Canal. Heavily into food, which is served in either the conservatory restaurant or elsewhere throughout the pub. Occasional live music which is often folk. Beer garden by canal. Makes a pleasant circular pub crawl with the pubs in Lapworth and works well as the pub is dog friendly. Free Wifi.
- Rowington Club Rowington Green Rowington CV35 7DB moc.evil@bulcnotgniwor(01564) 782087
- Bernie's Real Ale Off-Licence
266 Cranmore Boulevard
(0121) 744 2827
A welcome oasis for the discerning drinker, this refreshingly different off-licence has often been featured in the Good Beer Guide over the last 20 years. Beer at home does not have to be supermarket cans when you have Bernie's. The beer range changes constantly with over 250 different real ales in a year, coming from all over the country, mostly from micros and always served in tip-top condition. Try before you buy, then take home any quantity from a 500 ml bottle or 4 pint carry keg to a polypin for that weekend barbecue. While draught real ale is their raison d'etre, they also have an extensive range of bottled ales, ciders and beers from the UK, Germany and Belgium (350 at the last count). Staff are fiercely proud of quality and choice and delighted to welcome the people who travel from far and wide to visit.
- Hillfield Farm
6 Cranbrook Way
ku.oc.gnikeneerg@4765(0121) 733 8810
A large, modern, open-plan pub, often busy and popular with families. There is an indoor play area, though children under 12 are not permitted in half of the pub as they recognise not everyone appreciates having small children around! Four well-kept real ales are offered; food is reasonably priced and with generous portions. Breakfast is served from 8 am every day and there is a carvery from noon until 9 Monday to Saturday, noon to 8 on Sunday. Quiz night on Thursdays; mother and toddler group on Tuesday mornings.
- Plume of Feathers
(0121) 744 1021
Newly revived cask ale late 2009
- Pump House
Unit 1, Parkgate Development, Stratford Road
(0121) 701 5460
A large open plan modern pub from the Wetherspoon’s chain situated in a new retail development. The large glass external walls allow panoramic views of the pedestrian shopping street to the front. The large outside drinking space is split into smoking and non-smoking areas. The name refer’s to a garage that was once on the site of the pub many years ago. The friendly staff serve a varied range of guest beers that are sourced from local & national breweries. A real cider is always available. Unusually, the 'cellar' is directly above the bar, and the casks are visible through a large window.
- Red Lion
171 Stratford Road
(0121) 744 1030
This is a true local with community Spanish classes. The site of an old coaching inn dated 1751, and once used as a Coroner's Court; it was rebuilt in 1965 and has a typical exterior, but the interior is traditional and comfortable. There is a lounge and a function room, which hosts frequent live music. 9.30 am breakfast and lunch 12-2 Mon-Sat. The guest beer changes several times a week. A public car park fronts the pub. Free wifi
- Saracen's Head
moc.clpbm@369212nub(0121) 270 6185
Large, modernised traditional town pub; now part of the Sizzling Pubs chain. It acts as the on-site restaurant for the Premier Inn alongside, so it is open for breakfast from 7 am every day.
nepo0871 222 4604
Sports bar with real ale
- Woodman's Rest
(0121) 745 3904
Comfortable and well run Ember inn, very popular with locals and can get very busy with drinkers as well as diners. Regular beers are Greene King plus three interesting guests from the Ember inns seasonal list. Children over 14 welcome when dining. Limited seating outside by the car park.
- Bernie's Real Ale Off-Licence 266 Cranmore Boulevard Shirley B90 4PX (0121) 744 2827
- Durham Ox
111 Shrewley Common
For several years this was a food-oriented Greene King pub; it is now part of the small Suburban Inns group. Beer is now from Church Farm brewery - three ales on handpump, including a Church Farm beer sold as the Durham Ox.
- Durham Ox 111 Shrewley Common Shrewley CV35 7AY ku.oc.yelwerhsxomahrud@olleh(01926) 842283
Rowood Drive, Damsonwood
(0121) 704 9002
A 1960's estate pub with an enthusiastic landlord. Very much a community pub, there are always three beers on from small breweries. Particular favourites are Wye Valley and Cottage. Seasonal beers are also a specialty. Food is from an in-house Cantonese/Chinese operation on the basis of eat-in or takeaway. A new lounge due to open soon will be food orientated. The outdoor heated smoking area has a large screen TV.
- Assembly Rooms
21 Poplar Road
(0121) 711 6990
This imposing building was formerly Solihull's Council House, then converted to a Lloyds Bar/JD Wetherspoons pub, but was sold to Stonegate in 2016. There is a second bar upstairs, with high ceilings, pleasant decor and windows looking out over Poplar Road; there is a dance floor and a disco on Friday and Saturday nights. It is anticipated that the upstairs area will be converted to a nightclub, with downstairs being rebranded as a Yates's.
- Beech House
727 Warwick Road
ku.oc.snninamkao@lluhiloSesuoHhceeB(0121) 272 7730
This pub has recently been refurbished, and turned into a food-oriented pub with modern decor. The interior, both the bar area and separate restaurant, are very attractively presented; the large outside terrace has numerous tables and chairs, and even some deckchairs for when the weather co-operates!
- Blossomfield Club
nepo(0121) 705 7432
A family friendly sports club
- Colebrook Inn
Haslucks Green Road
nepo(0121) 733 3731
This popular local has recently been refurbished, with new handpumps and beer lines. There are now five to seven guest ales on offer, in addition to the two regular beers. The usual Ember Inns food range is offered; the pub also opens at 10 am on Saturday and Sunday for brunch. Voted Most Improved Pub 2016 by the local CAMRA branch.
(0121) 711 7273
This upmarket pub is spread across two buildings, which are Grade II listed. The Old Dairy Barn dates back to the late 15th century. While there is an emphasis on food, drinkers are not made to feel out of place. It can get busy and quite noisy. The pub is part of the Lovely Pubs group.
10 Knightcote Drive
(0121) 703 9209
Part of the Ember Inns chain, this large, modern pub is tastefully decorated and comfortably furnished following a recent refurbishment. It features three large fires (one real, two coal-effect) and pleasant patio areas. Normally serves seven ales, with three guest ales from across the country, often unusual ones, and changing frequently. Often busy, the pub attracts a wide age-range. Regular quiz nights are Sundays and Tuesdays, and on Mondays all cask ales are discounted. The pub also holds monthly tribute acts and occasional “Meet the Brewer” events.
- Flute & Flagon
28-30 Station Parade
firstname.lastname@example.org(0121) 711 3630
Busy open-plan town centre pub, serving up to six real ales. The name was changed from Hog's Head to Flute & Flagon in spring 2015 after a light refurbishment. Breakfast is available from 9 am every day. There are tables and chairs on the pavement in front of the pub, making it a very pleasant spot in summer. There is live music on occasion, which can make conversation difficult.
- Grenville Club
702 Warick Road
(0121) 705 0701
Snooker club with a small bar separate to the snooker room; one real ale is served, always in good condition. CAMRA members are always made welcome; use the door buzzer to gain entry.
nepo(0121) 742 0770
Popular local with regular live music
nepo(0121) 743 6154
A lively community local; quiz night on Monday, live music on Saturday.
- Hobs Meadow
ku.oc.lluhiloswodaemsboheht@ofni(0121) 743 2201
Large estate pub
nepo(0121) 743 2179
Large community local; unusual in still having both a separate bar, and a 'snug'.
- Mason's Arms
173 High Street
(0121) 711 8041
A rambling early 19th century building on Solihull's village square. Brewery deeds go back to the 1750s when the cottages were occupied by masons working on the church opposite. Today, it is a busy town centre pub; the rooms have big TV screen for football and other sports events, and a DJ at weekends. Three to five changing beers, sometimes with real cider in summer. The pub is open for breakfast from 10 am daily.
(0121) 711 3761
Typical O'Neills chain pub - no critiism implied, since it makes this a classic town centre pub. Lively atmosphere, sports channels shown on multiple TVs, families welcome.
- Olton Mere Sailing Club
nepo(0121) 706 2114
Members sailing club with real ale in club house
- Olton Tavern
(0121) 742 0515
From serving no real ale the Olton Tavern has dramatically changed direction, and now has eight to nine handpumps, plus two real ciders. There is also an unusual function room, with panoramic glass windows overlooking the main area of the pub.
nepo(0121) 744 2942
Large restaurant/pub with Premier Inn
- Pup & Duckling
1 Hatchford Brook Road
(0121) 247 8358
Solihull now has its first micropub, set up in a long-closed shop on the corner of Old Lode Lane and Hatchford Brook Road. Within a month of opening, it went from four to six real ales, along with six real ciders. The main room looks more like a coffee shop, apart from the bar, while the smaller back room could be a lounge in a house. Bar snacks available, and customers are welcome to bring their own food - Chinese and Indian takeaways and a fish and chip shop are all within 100 yards, Local breweries are often featured - Fixed Wheel, Slaughterhouse, Byatts and Sadler's among them. Regular updates of what is on offer are posted on Facebook, although some ales last only a single day! Four-pint carry-outs are also available.
- Red House
(0121) 711 8856
Comfortable Thwaites' local, with daily specials on food.
- Sharman's Cross
nepo(0121) 733 4871
Large modern pub
- Solihull Municipal Club
nepo(0121) 705 1192
Members only sports club
- Solihull Royal British Legion Club Union Road Solihull B91 3DH (0121) 705 0742
- West Warwickshire Sports Club
nepo(0121) 706 3594
Smart sports club with real ales
- White Swan
32-34 Station Road
(0121) 711 5180
Large, modern, open-plan pub serving 2 regular ales and a varying range of up to 6 guest beers, often including local brewers such as Purity and Silhill. The current manager is an enthusiastic real ale proponent. Food is standard Wetherspoon's fare - breakfast is available daily from 7 am. The pub can get very busy on Friday and Saturday nights. The pub is on the site of an old coaching inn, which became a private residence known as Silhill House in the 1820's, demolished in 1926.
- Acres Rowood Drive, Damsonwood Solihull B92 9NG (0121) 704 9002
- Tanworth in Arden
Tanworth in Arden
17th Century pub allegedly frequented by the ghost of the popular singer/songwriter Nick Drake. There is an annual gathering to celebrate Nick's life and his music held in the village every July. Another famous local and pub regular is Tim Watts of Pertemps fame. The pub is at the heart of village life; it houses the village post office and convenience store.
- Bell The Green Tanworth in Arden B94 5AL moc.srablooclaer@llebeht(01564) 742212
- Warings Green
- Blue Bell Cider House
Warings Green Road
Friendly canalside free house offering five real ales and three draught ciders, plus further craft ciders (e.g. Black Rat, Thatchers Heritage). Three temporary moorings make it a popular stop for boaters and the area is pleasant for walking especially around the local lakes and for fishing and cycling. The large lounge and cosy bar have real fires in winter, and families are welcome in the large conservatory and the canal-side garden. Reasonably priced food and Sunday carvery. Wednesday quiz night, poker night Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and occasional live music.
- Blue Bell Cider House Warings Green Road Warings Green B94 6BP moc.liamg@esuohredicllebeulb(01564) 702328
- Wood End
- Warwickshire Lad
Country pub and restaurant offering excellent freshly-prepared food using local produce. Cask Marque accredited. The pub is welcoming to children and well-behaved dogs on leads, and there is a pub garden and outside decking area. Log fire in winter months.
- Warwickshire Lad Broad Lane Wood End B94 5DP ku.oc.dalerihskciwraweht@ofni(01564) 742346