Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

LocAle Guide

What is LocAle?
The Locale initiative was introduced in 2007 by the Nottingham Branch of Camra, who were concerned about local traditions of brewing traditions of brewing in the Nottinghamshire area following the demise of the local Hardys and Hansons brewery. The second part of the initative was to reduce the amount of beer miles that the beer travels from the brewery to the pub, a green issue that Camra nationally are now happy to be proud of.

Since the launch, consumers have a wider choice of locally brewed beer that gives the area identity, for serving beers with a greater diversity of tastes that can be appreciated. With sales of locally brewed real ale on the increase, this can only generate more interest from licensees to stock more locally brewed real ale.

Definition of Local
The Sustainable Communities Act, which CAMRA strongly supports, provides a definition of local as up to 30 miles from the point of sale. CAMRA recommends that the distance is calculated from the pub to the brewery and should be based on the shortest driving distance. Real ales from regional and national breweries as well as from microbreweries can be regarded as "local" if they are brewed within what the branch has decided as being the local area.

How does a publican get the locAle accreditation?

  • That they will endeavour to ensure at least one locally brewed real ale is on sale at all times
  • Only real ale, as defined by CAMRA, can be promoted as a CAMRA LocAle
  • By keeping their real ale in an acceptable quality

Birmingham Branch LocAle Pubs

  • Birmingham
    • Anchor Telephone(0121) 622 4516 308 Bradford Street Birmingham B5 6ET

      A Grade II listed building, on the national inventory, under new management from 2016, the multi-room pub serves up to four hand-pulled ales and one key-keg ale at any one time, usually including offerings from Birmingham and Wye Valley. Supports local breweries. Can get very busy when Birmingham City are playing at home. Real cider is also available. Dog-friendly with free treats. Vape friendly. Halves marked up above pro-rata.

    • Bacchus Telephone(0121) 632 5445 Burlington Arcade, New Street Birmingham B2 4JH

      Situated below the Burlington Hotel (once known as the Midland Hotel) and handily across the road from New Street Station (Stephenson St/North exit). Bacchus is a part of the Mitchells and Butlers Nicholson's brand.

      Given it's location, the pub is easily missed. A narrow entry is surrounded by areas of secluded seating, leading to a bar offering up to six real ales (three regular and three changing). To both sides of the bar are more areas of seating, including a dining area with table service - though food can be eaten throughout the pub.

      While the beer range is similar to those in the brand, the pub is unusually adorned with old fashioned art work and relics and it almost feels like you are in a cellar. As the bar area is small it can easily get busy. Some craft beers also available on tap.

      Live music monthly.

    • Black Eagle Telephone(0121) 523 4008 16 Factory Road Birmingham B18 5JU

      This Victorian pub retains many original features including Minton tiles on the bar. The pub consists of two small bars which can get crowded and a larger restaurant serving home cooked meals with daily specials. Licencee changed (April/May 2017). Quizzes held every other Monday.

    • Black Horse Telephone(0121) 477 1800 Bristol Road South Birmingham B31 2QT

      CAMRA National Inventory pub rescued by Wetherspoon’s. 1929 Midland roadhouse has a mock Tudor frontage, smoking area and a bowling green to the rear. Welcome outlet for real ale in a poorly served area of the city. Unusually for a Wetherspoon’s this is a multi-room pub with a function room upstairs.

    • Bull Telephone(0121) 333 6757 1 Price Street Birmingham B4 6JU

      A quirky country style pub in the centre of Birmingham, near Aston University. This friendly staffed popular back street local is one of the oldest pubs in Birmingham and has a snug, comfortable and homely feel. Two distinct drinking areas surround a U-shaped bar with smaller back room for more privacy. A collection of 300 jugs adorns the ceiling, along with a number of old pictures and memorabilia. Small garden area at rear. Traditional, hearty pub food served. Guest beers change regularly. Eleven en-suite letting bedrooms are available at affordable rates.

    • Burning Soul Brewery Telephone07826 813377 Unit 1, Mott Street Industrial Estate Birmingham B19 3HE

      Brewery & bar in an industrial unit. There is an ever changing list of smaller experimental pilot brews so they can capture first hand what people think of their beer; those liked most are re-brewed and sold outside of the brewery. There is a pool table and tours are available on request. Card payments are preferred, but cash is still accepted. There is One handpump for cask ale, plus 10 KeyKeg taps, with all Burning Soul beers served on them meeting the CAMRA definition of real ale. Bottled mead is available. Outdoor seating on sunny days.

    • Cherry Reds Telephone(0121) 643 5716 88-92 John Bright Street Birmingham B1 1BN

      Stylish independent open since 2010 on John Bright Street, near to The Victoria, Brewdog, The Railway, Stable and BoneHead; and within easy walking distance of New Street Station. Expect three changing good quality ales, often including one from Birmingham Brewing Co and always a local offering, alongside a good range of bottled beer and keg products. Freshly cooked and interesting food is served every day with a focus on local produce and vegan friendly options. The bar has an upstairs area with more seating so don't be put off by the initial small size when you walk in. Popular with local groups as a meeting place.

    • Country Girl Telephone(0121) 472 7639 1 Raddlebarn Road Birmingham B29 6HJ

      Typical Ember Inns pub, which is no bad thing as the beer range tend to be interesting. The pub is regularly populated with students and locals alike. The patio at the rear is well used in the warmer months. Food is typical Ember fayre and the pub has events such as quizes throughout the week.

    • Craven Arms Telephone(0121) 643 2852 Upper Gough Street Birmingham B1 1JG

      This early 19th-century former Holder's outlet, restored & recently refurbished by Black Country Ales, sports an attractive blue-tiled exterior and a cosy one room interior. Handpulls take prominence on the bar and in addition to three permanent Black Country beers, between six and eight changing guest casks come from breweries often new to Birmingham. Three changing craft keg lines. Cheese boards and snacks are available at all times.

    • Dig Brew Telephone(0121) 773 2111 43 River Street Birmingham B5 5SA

      New (2nd half 2017) brewery with a taproom. Mostly their own beers served, both from Cask and Tank. Beers vary.

    • Elizabeth Of York Telephone(0121) 442 5250 12A St Marys Row Birmingham B13 8JG

      This Wetherspoons shop conversion has two entrances, one from St Mary's Row and the other from the car park at the rear. It is a spacious and welcoming establishment in the centre of Moseley. The food menu is available with breakfast from 8am and typical Wetherspoons menu till 10pm. There is a regular Locale rotation of its beer. These are alongside the usual Wetherspoons ales. Fridays and Saturdays are very popular with a vibrant atmosphere.

    • Figure of Eight Telephone(0121) 633 0917 236-239 Broad Street Birmingham B1 2HG

      Huge Wetherspoon's pub in the heart of Broad Street, which takes its name from the fact that the canal network cut a figure of eight shape around Birmingham. The pub has bookshelves and the usual collection of old pictures of the area adorn the walls. Very popular with after work drinkers and is on the city centre drinking circuit so gets busy early evenings, Fridays and Saturdays. The pub has a dining only area and large beer garden.

    • Good Intent Telephone(0121) 572 5788 32-33 Great Western Arcade Birmingham B2 5HU

      An up-market refurbishment in 2019 of a shop unit in the Great Western Arcade opposite Snow Hill station, the Good Intent is a "not-for-profit" pub operated by Craddocks Brewery. The management tell us "The aim of Craddock's Good Intent is to establish a bar in the heart of Birmingham and to donate all of its profits to charities and good causes. It would be amongst the first of its kind in the UK and we're excited by the prospect of being able to raise a glass and help good causes at the same time!" The pub has a ground floor bar with 6 hand pumps serving rotating Craddocks Ales and Guest Ales from the Midlands Area alongside Keg products, Wines, Spirits and Continental/Craft Beers. From there part of the upstairs cellar can be seen (they also have a cellar downstairs) Additional seating is available upstairs, and there is a function room available for hire. Do not be alarmed by the frequent rumbling and slight vibration from below, it is only the trains going through Snow Hill Tunnel below the pub!

    • Gunmakers Arms Telephone(0121) 236 8486 92 Bath Street Birmingham B4 6HG

      The pub is a Regency period, Grade II listed building in the historic Gun Quarter. The tap house of Two Towers Brewery, which is located at the rear, sharing a courtyard drinking area. Brewery tours available by arrangement. Range of Two Towers ales available with occasional guest ales. It is a small, pleasant, back street pub just off the City’s inner ring road and a five minute walk from Snow Hill Station. There is one large bar at the front with snug seating areas and a smaller separate room at the rear. Regular events include a History-based talk series held towards the end of the month, Stand-Up 1st Wed of month from 7pm, Open-Mic 1st & 3rd Wed of the month from 8pm. BBQ every Fri & Sat from 5.30pm. Please check the website, Twitter or Facebook for details of events. Rooms available, £35 single, £50 double.

    • Hare & Hounds Telephone(0121) 444 2081 106 High Street Birmingham B14 7JZ

      A Grade II listed building, which dates back to 1907, on the corner of High Street & York Street. Art Nouveau tiles on the walls of the York Road entrance and stairs. An L shaped bar greets you as you come in, with original mirrors behind the bar and parts of the bar itself. The atmosphere is relaxed and staff are very friendly. Two upstairs venue spaces are available for hire. There are regular live music nights spanning a wide range of tastes. A wall plaque commemorates UB40's first gig in 1979.

    • Hop & Scotch Telephone(0121) 679 8807 9 Institute Rd, Birmingham Birmingham B14 7EG

      One room micropub situated just off of King's Heath High Street. Emphasis is on convivial conversation & drinking, for regulars, locals & visitors alike. Cask beers usually local from the likes of Green Duck, Kinver, Malvern Hills, Hobsons & Infinity. A mixture of local & national craft beer, a cider & a German beer, on keg/keykeg, available across 8 taps. Also sells bottled and canned ales. Beers available displayed on a chalk board to the left of the bar. Various seating areas and styles available. Can get busy in the evenings with a varied age range. Food is crisps and nuts. Dog friendly and dog snacks available.

    • Jewellers Arms Telephone(0121) 212 0347 23 Hockley Street Birmingham B18 6BW

      A Cosy pub, aquired by Black Country Ales in late 2017. It has 10 real ales and two ciders. Gets busy in the evenings. No separate bar as the pub is now all open plan. Food limited to cobs. Quiz night & cheese night. Electronics limited to a fruit machine. Parking available at the side of the pub. There is a function room available upstairs. Real fire at one end of the pub - lit daily in winter.

    • Junction Telephone(0121) 428 2635 212 High Street Birmingham B17 9PT

      This distinctive Victorian building from 1904 dominates the High Street. Constantly changing beer range of up to six ales and quality food is served from an open plan kitchen to a separate dining area. Secluded beer garden at the rear. Quiz nights every Monday. The pubs original tiles can be viewed in the corridor leading to the toilets. Burger deal Thursdays, Sandwich deal 12-5pm Mon-Fri.

    • Lamp Tavern Telephone(0121) 688 1220 157 Barford Street Birmingham B5 6AH

      This hidden gem of a pub located in close proximity to Digbeth and the Arcadian areas. Usually has Hobson’s ale plus guests. Run by the friendly Eddie Fitzpatrick for 28 years. The pub has a homely feel, Folk club on Friday evenings. Local road parking only, but with good local bus routes & the National Express coach station nearby. Closes early if no customers, so ring ahead if intending a later visit. Monthly train spotters group hooks up 1st Wed of the month. Function room at the back holds about 35 people. Guest ales often from AJ's, Goff's, 3D, Froth Blowers, Rock n' Roll, Flipside, Milestone. N.B. Cash Only

    • Old Contemptibles Telephone(0121) 200 3310 176 Edmund Street Birmingham B3 2HB

      Popular with the business community this Nicholsons pub has a long wood panelled bar leading to a comfortable snug at the rear. Seven handpulls dispense an ever changing range of ales from micros and regionals from far and wide and cover all styles. Quality food is served until 10.00pm. Pub named after the description of the British Expeditionary Force in France during the first world war, murals/paintings honour those who fought.

    • Old Moseley Arms Telephone(0121) 440 1954 53 Tindal Street Birmingham B12 9QU

      This is a hidden gem the left bar has an 80 inch screen for sport, the right bar has the juke box. Upstairs for functions, pool table and Sunday evening music; comfy sofas in the covered garden/smoking area. Superb Tandoori menu served each evening & all day Sunday.

    • Post Office Vaults Telephone(0121) 643 7354 84 New Street Birmingham B2 4BA

      Situated very close to New Street Station with an excellent range of eight real ales and over 300 bottled and canned beers from around the world. Some of the ciders on offer may be real. This subterranean pub, entered through a single red door off New St near Victoria Square or from behind in Pinfold St, is a great place for connoisseurs of beer. Whilst food isn't served customers are welcome to bring their own; plates, cutlery & condiments are provided. There is also free play bar billiards.

    • Prince of Wales Telephone(0121) 449 4198 118 Alcester Road Birmingham B13 8EE

      Traditional Victorian pub that is a very lively place in the heart of Moseley village. At the front of the pub is a bar area with ten handpumps (only 3 still in use), a real fire and a TV showing sports. At the rear is a snug area and cigar emporium. There is a large heated partial tent area, ideal to use any time of the year. A cocktail bar is also outside selling numerous foreign beers and various wines.

    • Pub Du Vin Telephone(0121) 200 0600 25 Church Street Birmingham B3 2NR

      The downstairs bar of the Hotel Du Vin. Central square bar with lounge style seating surrounding. Large screen tv and piped music is never obtrusive. The guest beer, like the two regulars are also locally sourced. Stocks vast range of wine and whiskeys with bookable tastings. Can be closed on varying days of the week for functions so check ahead. Beer orders can be made in the champagne bar and will be brought through to you when functions are on.

    • Pure Craft Bar & Kitchen Telephone(0121) 237 5666 30 Waterloo Street Birmingham B2 5TJ

      Pure Craft Bar and Kitchen was the first in the chain to open and is set in a traditional building with an industrial interior on Waterloo Street in the centre of the Business District. There are 6 cask and 16 craft beer lines plus a selection of 60 bottled craft beers Gourmet food is available, all food is made with beer, and the menu has been matched to the beers available. It is possible to book meals online The walls are adorned with modern art. There is also a cellar bar. Popular with local office workers. May close early on Sunday if quiet.

    • Queens Arms Telephone(0121) 236 3710 150 Newhall Street Birmingham B3 1RY

      A recently refurbished, classic Victorian corner pub, with exceptional outside tiled sign. A challenging quiz is held every Tuesday from 8.30pm. The pub is situated just outside the city centre, on the edge of the Jewellery Quarter. Will close early if quiet.

    • Red Beer'd 1891 Pershore Road Birmingham B30 3DJ

      Micropub with 2 cask handpulls, 10 keg taps, beers usually from Fownes, often Halton Turner & Leviathan, up to 4 ciders / perries from Hogans & Olivers. 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 & pints available. Card payment only. Comfier seating on the ground floor, chairs around barrels upstairs.

    • Red Lion Telephone(0121) 233 9144 95 Warstone Lane Birmingham B18 6NG

      Traditional two roomed pub. Food is served all day. A good sized function room is available. Comedy night every 3rd Monday of the month.

    • Rock & Roll Brewhouse Telephone07969 759649 19 Hall St Birmingham B18 6BS

      Moved to new premises, as of Feb 2020. A quirky brewery Tap room bedecked with music memorabilia. There are usually three vegan friendly ales available when open, always including a dark ale to start with. Only open Friday evenings and Saturday afternoon. The bar staff and their knowledge of beer is excellent; the other shared love in the bar is music and there is a play list of what you are hearing on the wall. There is Hogan's cider available for non beer drinkers. Check Facebook and Twitter before visiting as they occasionally close for music festivals.

    • Sacks Of Potatoes Telephone(0121) 503 5811 10 Gosta Green Birmingham B4 7ER

      A traditional lively pub set in the heart of the Aston University campus. The pub is popular with students and local office staff. Weekly quizzes, bi weekly karaoke.

    • Selly Park Tavern Telephone(0121) 472 4392 592 Pershore Road Birmingham B29 7HQ

      An Ember Inns redbricked pub dating to 1901, run by the same manager for over ten years whose clientele is varied. Although it is only a large one roomed pub there are smaller areas so you can still get privacy. The two regular and four guest ales are served by friendly staff. There is an active bowling club and a skittle alley at the rear. Less than one mile from Edgbaston Cricket Ground, it is handy for visiting fans.

    • Shakespeare Telephone(0121) 236 8702 31 Summer Row Birmingham B3 1JJ

      Victorian red-brick small city centre local, part of the Nicolson's brand, near the Jewellery Quarter. The traditional bar has a small hatch to serve the rear snug which has a wonderful 'old fashioned' feel. Regularly changing guest ales feature with a good selection of traditional pub food.

    • Soho Tavern Telephone(0121) 523 6476 407 Park Road Birmingham B18 5SR

      Definitely a phoenix from the ashes, this pub was run down and then closed for many years but is now refurbished to a high standard. Now a family run Bar & Grill. As is becoming common for the area the food range is mainly Indian with 2 real ales usually available. Vegetarian, vegan & gluten free options available.

    • Sommar Brew Co Unit 3b, Utilita Arena, Canal side Birmingham B1 2AA

      Brewpub and tap for the Sommar brewery, with the brewkit on display within the premises. Twenty beer lines are a mix of keg & key-keg, about 50/50 between Sommar & other micro-breweries from around the country. Flights of four thirds available. Food is predominantly burgers and chicken, though guest caterers do appear from time to time. Newly opened post lockdown. Live beer menu available on Untappd, also shown on a large screen by the bar. Can get busy when events are held at the NIA due to its location.

    • Spotted Dog Telephone(0121) 772 3822 104 Warwick Street Birmingham B12 0NH

      A multi-roomed traditional pub of Irish character, old fashioned & family owned since the 80's. Rugby & Irish Sports are shown on large screen TVs. Features an extensive covered patio garden and smoking area with heaters, large real fireplace, barbeque, projection screen and eclectic adornments. Traditional Irish music nights on alternate Mondays, Jazz nights on Tuesdays. Home of Na Madrai Golf Society and the Digbeth O'lympics. Can be busy when Birmingham City play at home. Usually a cask mild available.

    • Square Peg Telephone(0121) 236 6530 115 Corporation Street Birmingham B4 6PH

      Much improved Wetherspoon outlet in the heart of the central drinking circuit. Sited in the former Lewis’s department store, at 82½ feet boasts the longest bar in Birmingham. Can get very crowded after work and Friday and Saturday evenings. The pub also has a community notice board on display/ The food is typical Wetherspoon's fayre, with a food hygiene rating of five stars. On entering the main door you are greeted with a blackboard showing up to 20 real ales.

    • Village Telephone(0121) 449 7664 179 Alcester Road Birmingham B13 8JR

      Large, open plan pub on the southern end of Moseley High Street. Emphasis is on food, with an extensive menu of good quality meals. Sunday lunches are popular. The garden offers both uncovered and covered drinking and dining thanks to their glass garden room. Toilets upstairs with disabled access WC available on the ground floor - ask at the bar. Car park is pay and display.

    • Wellington Telephone(0121) 200 3115 37 Bennetts Hill Birmingham B2 5SN

      A specialist real ale pub & a stalwart of Birmingham’s real ale scene, this city centre pub has the feel of a community local at the heart of the second city. This pioneering pub offers 27 hand pulls over two floors, dispensing well kept ale and 3 traditional ciders. A huge range of whiskies is available; the ground floor offering scotch, with the rest of the world represented on the first floor bar. The suntrap roof terrace is a hidden urban gem. Regular quiz every Sunday, folk nights and cheese night each month. Food is not served but you’re welcome to bring your own – plates, cutlery and condiments are provided.

    • White Horse Telephone(0121) 608 7641 2 York Street Birmingham B17 0HG

      Small, friendly, traditional community pub just off Harborne High Street, serving beers from Ostlers brewery, based at the back of the pub, and guest beers. The larger of two rooms had seating around a large TV that shows SKY/BT sporting events. The smaller room features 4 rotating craft beers on key keg, from small local or regional breweries. Check what’s on in real time via the website Beerboard. Live music at the weekend, quizzes Tuesday & Thursday

    • White Swan Telephone(0121) 622 7277 276 Bradford Street Birmingham B12 0QY

      Classic Victorian pub at the heart of Digbeth, reopened as a free house for the first time in its 122 year history, after a 2 year closure. Two roomed unspoilt Victorian red-bricked pub identified by CAMRA as having a nationally important historic interior with classic Victorian tiles. Main drinking area has wooden bar with large bar back and etched mirrors with stools and bench seating around walls. Impressive ornately tiled hallway leads to a small lounge and smoking area. Close to Digbeth coach station.

    • Woodman Telephone(0121) 643 4960 New Canal Street Birmingham B5 5LG

      Lovingly restored Victorian-era pub with original features preserved, including a gilded and etched mirror at the centre of the bar, period tiles and the old smoke room with (now discontinued) bell pushes in the wall for table service. Hearty good value pub food served every day. Terrace overlooks Eastside Park, popular with local students and skateboarders. Regular live music showcases varied talent form the adjacent Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in the well-appointed function room. Student groups sit cheek by jowl with older pub regulars to create a lively and vibrant atmosphere.