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  • Patrick Kavanagh is excellent always busy and noisy Nice mix of traditional and trendy pubs better than going into town.
  • about twenty, bulls head has been made all modern.
  • The new pubs around the green have no character: chain pubs, Bull's Head, Goose: all soulless, filled with pretty/vacant types. Seems the Prince is good for bust-ups, and the Pat Kavanaugh for locals.
  • The Cross Cafe Bar and The Prince of Wales The former can be a bit rough at the moment but I trust the management will be sorting that out. The Prince is very varied and always friendly.
  • New Pub opening in Moseley : a Wetherspoons called, bewilderingly, The Elizabeth of York. The Bull has re-opened in a new trendy minimalist incarnation, not to everybody's taste.
  • It is with some pleasure that the demise of a Firkin pub, namely the Fieldmouse that took over The Fighting Cocks, can be announced. It has now undergone a face lift and rejoices as being a Goose pub serving the usual fare at relatively cheap prices. The new owners have rightly retained the old Fighting Cocks sign above the corner entrance, so offering hope to the more mature drinkers that the pub might one day return to its original name though without the colourful clientel and their splendid antics.
  • The Prince of Wales is a great, old-style pub (if the front bar is a little intimidating, check out the cosy back rooms) but look out for the 'local' contingent. Harmless enough but their preoccupation with all things 'local' is a little dull. If you fancy somewhere a little less parochial head for the Patrick Kavanagh on Woodbridge Road (which hosts an array of nights upstairs ranging from salsa to breakbeats) or the Cross Bar (Alcester Road). The Village has been transformed after a recent refurb. It's a little chintzy but it's probably the best pub in Moseley for non-smokers (airy with high ceilings) and does a very reasonable Sunday lunch deal. Accusations that the clientele is school-age are a little harsh...The Firkin currently puts on live music but upstairs at the Jug of Ale is the best place to see bands. The Jug is also the venue for the Cheeky Monkey comedy club. The Hogshead has the usual good range of beers that the chain offers. O'Neills is typical of every other O'Neills. Not my kind of thing but plenty of folk seem to like it.
  • Malt Shovel, Balsall Heath, RIP. The new one is an abomination.
  • The Prince of Wales - the best pub in Moseley, or anywhere else. Superb interior - probably substantially unchanged for the best part of 100 years, excellent Burton Ale, and top atmosphere. Gets very busy on Friday and saturday nights. The Fighting Cocks - one of the oldest pubs in the village, now run by the Firkin pub chain - has decent beer and all the usual Firkin stuff. The Hogshead - plenty of decent, ever-changing beers at this alehouse. sometimes the service at the bar can be, well, infuriating. O'Neill's - appalling "plastic paddy" with the usual clutter. Okay if youlike that sort of thing - but who the hell really does ? The Patrick Kavanagh Bar - formerly the Trafalgar, now independently run and an excellent house. done out in the modern style. The Bull - does a decent pint of Director's, but is definitely a bit seedy these days. The Village - avoid like the plague. A big, soulless Banks's pub, popular with under-age drinkers.

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Last updated: 2008-10-14

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