“ Queslett Rd / Great Barr / Birmingham / West Midlands / B43 7EQ / Tel: 0121 3252931. „
From Bradford came to Birmingham with mates for night out a total disapointment, toilets only for dealers and junkies and to top the night off I had my wallet nicked by some scum, more than likely by the junkies and dealers, total disapointment. 2008
The Old Horns in Great Barr, Birmingham is one of my favourite pubs at the moment. A strict no children policy means this is very much an adult night out and this is reflected by the general clientele; drinkers in The Old Horns tend to be twenty-something party animals out for booze and a laugh in the evening and weekends, while during the day elderly men sit having a pint and a chat or a crew of builders from the nearby factory centre will be sinking a few in their lunch hour. A nice mix.
Its a very active pub, with live music on a Saturday night and various quiz or comedy nights throughout the week. The live music is often a tribute act, or else a new band just starting out gets the gig. Ive never been disappointed with the music in The Old Horns; I recently watched a tribute to Mick Hucknall who was absolutely brilliant and actually a stronger singer than the man himself! Another act which stands out in my memory was last year when I saw Dennis Seaton (of Musical Youth fame) performing a solo gig, he was fantastic and this is honestly the norm with all the acts which The Old Horns uses.
Theres a small dance floor alongside the stage area, which unfortunately is usually used on the live music nights for extra seating. This is the only thing which lets the pub down for me, as Id love to be able to have a dance while listening to some good music. The Old Horns holds a regular disco and also karaoke nights, these are brilliantly organised events which are hugely popular. The pub does get very busy during these special nights, but busy in a good way as the atmosphere is fantastic when everyone is up dancing.
The other side of the pub is reserved for people who are dining, with a restaurant which manages to be both spacious and cosy. The tables are well spaced with plenty of room to walk between them.
The food is great, a good mixture of traditional pub grub and international dishes. If youre planning to eat at The Old Horns, definitely try one of their delicious curries. I personally love the Chicken Curry which is served with rice and a small naan bread. There is always plenty of chicken on my plate, which is unusual for a pub curry as I find they tend to be a plate of sauce with half a dozen small pieces of chicken. Not so here, the chicken is literally piled onto the plate along with the gorgeously rich and spicy sauce. Not too spicy though, Id say compared to an Indian restaurant the curries here have a mild to medium spiciness. The rice is always gorgeously fluffy, while the naan is very authentic tasting. This costs £4.95, which is much cheaper than youd pay for the same meal at an Indian restaurant where prices for the curry alone will start at £6.
My partner always eats the Gammon at The Old Horns. This is a large gammon steak served with a fried egg, pineapple, chips and peas. The gammon itself is a thick steak, always fresh and cooked just enough to make the meat tender rather than rubbery. When he places his order, hes asked how hed like the fried egg and (obviously, I think!) hell opt for his egg to be served with a runny yolk. The egg is always cooked exactly to his requirements, tasting fresh and with clean oil being used so that the white retains its soft colour. The chips are always well cooked here, not leaving puddles of grease on your plate and tasting fresh rather than frozen.
The dessert menu is very good. The Apple Pie & Custard is divine, thick crunchy pastry covering a rich apple filling. Cinnamon has been used in the filling and this gives a slightly spicy kick to the dessert. I usually opt for ice cream with my apple pie instead of custard, as I love the brilliant quality ice cream used in this pub. Its rich and creamy texture is delicious as it melts against the hot apple pie Im drooling here!
Also available is a deliciously crunchy flapjack which is served with a choice of ice cream or custard, the flapjack is seriously tasty and Ive been known to pop into The Old Horns for a quick drink and have a serving of flapjack without eating a meal! Its that good! Another nice dessert is the Chocolate Pudding & Custard; a light chocolate sponge filled with a delicious tasty chocolate sauce. Theres quite a nutty taste to this one, so beware if you have an allergy or simply dont like nuts!
Theres a large car park directly in front of The Old Horns, which doesnt have any designated disabled spaces although the car park is big enough that there are usually plenty of places near the entrance for visitors with mobility problems.
To get to The Old Horns by car from Birmingham City Centre, youll need to follow the signs for North Birmingham and then head towards Great Barr. Queslett Road is one of the major roads in the area, and basically any route through Great Barr will lead you to this brilliant pub. On public transport there are several buses which will drop you across the road from The Old Horns, including the number 34 from the City Centre and the 451 which you need to catch from West Bromwich Bus Station.
The Old Horns
Tel: 0121 325 2931