Jewellers Arms

I have known Angus McMeeking joint MD of Black Country Ales for over 30 years and he certainly knows how to run a good pub… loud music and SKY Sports on the box……just good old fashioned decent ale and pub food….his cheese and onion cobs pork pies and Black Country pork scratchings are to die for……Angus has about 30 pubs in his stable including ‘The Wellington’ in Bennetts Hill, oft voted ‘Best Real Ale Pub’ in Birmingham and ‘The Craven Arms’ by The Mailbox, another great pub run to Angus’ formula of great beer, great food and a great atmosphere and ambience…….He also runs my locals ‘The Midland’ in my home town of Bearwood on Bearwood Road and ‘The Swan’ in Blackheath on Long Lane……..Great pubs from Black Country Ales…..More power to your elbow Gussie!!! Keith Bracey


I was lucky enough to be sent to the JewellersArms Hockley Street for Brumhour last night. My review for that will be on Brumhour very soon. (I will post a link when it’s available )

Because I had such a nice time at the Jewellers Arms, I thought I share my experience. Located in the heart of Birmingham’s famous jewellery quarter and just a very short walk from the train station this charming, traditional British pub is everything a good pub should be. Cosy with a lovely friendly atmosphere and lively enough without being frantic, it’s easy to settle into this kind of pub for a few hours.

As some of you may know, I was away last week and even though I was only in Wales, it’s too far from Birmingham to be included on my pages, but I did enjoy discovering pubs just like this in wales too…

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Heritage Open Day at Highbury

Heritage Open Day at Chamberlain’s Highbury Hall home…..lots to see and do at the home of #Birmingham’s foremost political family.

The Chamberlain Highbury Trust

Come and join us on the 16th September for our annual Heritage Open Day!

Immerse yourself in the history of Highbury during the Great War! View photos of Highbury as a hospital in WW1, learn about the Birmingham PALs, take a guided tour of the grounds, meet the Highbury beekeepers, play games on the lawn and much more!

The event starts at 11am and finishes at 4pm.

Family friendly. Refreshments available. Parking at Uffculme School.

HOD Highbury Map & Programme 2018-page-2

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Heritage Research Area familiarisation session

Heritage Area Familiarisation Session at the Library of #Birmingham on Saturday 15th September 11am – 1pm

The Iron Room

As part of Birmingham Heritage Week, Archives & Collections are offering the opportunity to get to know the sources available in the Heritage Research Area on level 4 of the Library of Birmingham.

At this free event, staff will guide you through resources such as maps, electoral and parish registers as well as digital resources on Ancestry Institution and software for reading local newspapers.

Spaces are limited to 12 people per session and pre-booking is essential. To book, click here.

Saturday 15 September 2018, 11 am – 1 pm.

Please note this session is not aimed at answering specific genealogical enquiries.

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Twins to revitalise The Boathouse restaurant in Sutton Coldfield

Birmingham twins to revitalise The Boathouse restaurant in Sutton Coldfield


Twin brothers from Sutton Coldfield who trained under Michelin star chefs are to breathe new life into a landmark local restaurant.

Scott and Steven Lewis, having worked for many years in some of London’s top restaurants including Quaglinos, La Tante Claire and the The Halkin Hotel, are revitalising The Boathouse restaurant in Sutton Park.

The pair, who trained under Michel Roux Jr at infamous Le Gavroche after studying at the Birmingham College of Food (now UCB), say it’s a dream come true to take the helm of the restaurant, which will be renamed The Bracebridge when it opens its doors in November.

Having spent 15 years heading up a company that supplied ingredients to the restaurant and catering sector, the brothers never lost their ambition to open their own restaurant.

“We’re very excited to be handed the keys to the restaurant,” said Scott, who lives in Sutton Coldfield.

“It’s a…

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