25 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham, B2 5RS
Tel: 01952 634 8100 „
JD Wetherspoon have a handful of hotels throughout the country, the Briar Rose being one of these. **Prices** Outside the hotel is a board stating that the hotel has rooms starting from £59.99. This would be for a basic room or you could pay a little extra for a luxury room. My boyfriend works in a Wetherspoons pub so we received received discount on our luxury room and paid £48 a night. **The Rooms** When I stayed in the hotel, I stayed in a luxury room. Before arriving at the hotel, I called to ask what the difference between a standard and luxury room is. I was told that a standard room had a bed, TV and basic bathroom with shower and a luxury room has a bed, sofa, TV and bathroom with large bath or shower. The room that we stayed in was called the 'Ivory Suite', apparently the two luxury rooms have different names. In our room we had an extra big double bed (you could sleep 4 in this bed!) sofa, large TV and a nice big bath. On arrival, our room was very clean and we were supplied with three different sizes of towels. It is also worth mentioning that the water in the bathroom came out of the taps very fast and was hot instantly, which meant I could run a bath in five minutes whenever I felt like it. **Booking and Check In** I booked our room online, to do this all you have to do is go on the JD Wetherspoon website and click on the hotels section. You can then choose which hotel you wish to stay in and book a room. You then put in the dates of your stay and the number of rooms you want. You do not pay anything until you arrive at the hotel but have to put in your card details incase you do not turn up on the day. Our check in was very easy, when we arrived we gave the member of staff the card that our booking was made with and my boyfriend's pay slip, so we could receive our discount. We were given the option of paying for our room then or at the end of our stay so that we could charge things to our room. We took the safest option and paid straight away, we were then given our keys and directions to our room. **The Staff** The hotel staff were very helpful and all very friendly. They all welcomed us whenever we came out of the lift, which brings you out at the reception. Also, whenever we needed any directions or advice on what to do, they were happy to help and provided us with plenty of information. **The Bar** As the hotel is run by Wetherspoons, there is a Wetherspoons pub attached to it. The pub is of the same name, The Briar Rose, and is quite small for a Wetherspoons but is very cosy. You get your usual pub atmosphere in this bar and, as with most of this chain's venues, it is very dark. However, we did have a couple of problems with the staff in the pub as they were very slow at serving and kept getting our orders wrong. Due to this, we only visited the pub twice then avoided it for the rest of the week. **Overall** I would definately recommend the Briar Rose for a stay in Birmingham, the hotel is pretty much in the middle of the city centre and is a five minute walk away from the Bull Ring. The facilities of the hotel are to a very high standard and is very clean. Also, all of the staff are extremely helpful. I would recommend you avoid the bar if visiting this hotel, however, this wouldn't cause too many problems as you are surrounded by restaurants and bars.
JD Weatherspoons is everyday becoming a name you here more and more, and is strongly making a dent in the UK pub industry. The Weatherspoons chain consists of the weatherspoons pub, Lloyds bar, and Weatherlodges. The Briar Rose is located on Bennetts Hill, Birmingham. Less than a 5 minute walk from New Street Station and around 10minute walk from Broad Street. Still based in the city centre, it is further away from the shops meaning you are more likely to get a seat during lunch time! Attached to the Briar Rose is a Wetherlodge, which considering is part of weatherspoons the rooms are not bad!! Considering the location within the centre of Britain's second city, the rooms are very well priced and of a decent standard. I managed to book a triple room for only £55.00, and managed to blag my way into getting a free bottle of wine :) The hotel is very clean, and quite modern, and in my personal opinion I would rate it slightly better than a travelodge. The Briar Rose has meeting facilities, so would make it a useful city centre location for business meetings. Throughout all of the Weatherspoons pubs, the decor reflects the history of the building. 25 Benetts Hill was once occupied by the head offices of the Midland Counties Asylum for Middleclass Idiots. Although the building was mainly used by the finance industry until brought back to life by JD Wetherspoon. There are numerous pictures around the building showing the history of the property. All of the pubs have the same menu (airport from at the airport where you have less choice), and the choice of foods is really quite impressive as is the price. Weatherspoons also provides a Beer and Burger offer, as well as Steak Night, where you can purchase from a set menu in order to get a better deal for your meal. The only downfall with weatherspoons food is that it is really really fattening, and you must avoid it if you are dieting as its definatly no good for the waist line! Recently the new additions to the menu has included a Reggae Reggae range where you can taste the wonders of the Levi Roots range in many forms including wraps and nachos. There are also many special meal offers such as Ham, egg and chips for only 2.99GBP...cheaper than a mcdonalds and you can have a pint! Like a curry? Every Thursday evening in every Wetherspoon pub there is JD's Curry Club. Each meal is served with an inclusive drink, either alcoholic or soft, all for a great price. The drinks are great value for money, and my personal favourite is a bottle of Blossom Hill Rose for 5.99GBP, what a bargain! The staff in the Briar Rose are relatively a friendly bunch, and do their best considering they must be rushed off their feet. Due to it's location near to many offices the pub does get quite busy especially on a Friday night after work and its pretty hard to get served, let alone get a table, but not alot can be done with regards to the pubs popuplarity as its just so appealing and popular with locals. Make sure you get in there early if you want a seat, however if you are ok to stand you will get great drinks for wicked prices in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
By the time you read this, the JD Wetherspoon chain of pub restaurants will have some 610 outlets. The majority are “just” pubs, but within the chain are also several Wetherlodges (with accommodation available) and also 15 Lloyds No. 1 outlets which defy the normal no music policy of JD Wetherspoon by providing music, too. My favourite JD Wetherspoon is the Briar Rose which is in Bennetts Hill, Birmingham. Just a quick walk from New Street Station, The Briar Rose is an ideal venue for a city centre meeting point for lovers, business people those who want a cheap but high quality meal or those who want to sample one of the best selections of real ales in Birmingham. Attached is a Wetherlodge, where you can book rooms at –considering the location within the heart of Britain’s second city- is remarkably reasonably priced. One feature I like about JD Wetherspoon is that the company is proud of the previous history of the building that the pub occupies. There will usually be boards giving a potted history of the building. For example 25 Benetts Hill was once occupied by the head offices of the Midland Counties Asylum for Middleclass Idiots. Although the building was mainly used by the finance industry until brought back to life by JD Wetherspoon. The staff at the Briar Rose know their stuff. The wide range of beers is properly kept, the premises are as clean as possible –not an easy job, considering the sheer volume of drinkers and diners who use the Briar Rose. And the staff are cheerful. They seem to enjoy working for JD Wetherspoon and this shows in the high quality of the service they provide. Ordering food is simply a matter of finding a table, noting the number, making your selection from the menu and taking your order to the bar and paying for it when you place your order. The Briar Rose has a family area which is my favourite part as it is the “no smoking” section of this part icular Wetherspoon operation. All JD Wetherspoon pubs have the same menu. This might seem restrictive but is not, due to the large variety of foods available. This varies from Aberdeen Angus pies, bangers ‘n’ mash or chicken pasta alfredo. Fancy a snack? There is an extensive range of wraps, nachos or Wetherburgers varying from a modest 6oz to a gigantic 12oz. All served with a drink, alcoholic or soft, included in the modest price. My own favourite is the Wetherspoon Combo, a combination of garlic breaded mushrooms, coriander jalapeno poppers, onion rings and twister fries, served with a sour cream dip. Apparently this is intended as a starter, yet makes a deliciously different main meal in its own right. I can make no comments as to the quality of the deserts as the main courses have always filled me beyond the capacity for even attempting a desert! Egon Roney and his team have been involved in the creation of the dishes on the menu. With the wide variety and the quality of the food available, this is not surprising. Another way in which JD Wetherspoon’s differs from many other pubs is that the menu is available all day, every day. Like a curry? Every Thursday evening in every Wetherspoon pub there is JD’s Curry Club. Each meal is served with an inclusive drink, either alcoholic or soft. This is my one criticism. Wouldn’t it be worth offering people a voucher as an alternative so they could have –say- 50 pence knocked of the price of a pint of real ale, rather than having to have the rather limited selection of inclusive drinks? Most –if not all?- JD Wetherspoon outlets are accredited Cask Marque pubs. And becoming a Cask Marque pub is not just a matter of course. You can be sure of being able to drink real ale served properly in a Cask Marque pub. Within each JD Wetherspoon pub there will usually be a couple of beers that are always available one being Spit fire at £1.49 a pint, and a number of guest ales, usually costing £1.55 a pint. Incidentally, as one of the Wetherlodge’s, The Briar Rose has meeting facilities, so would make it a useful city centre location for business meetings. Wetherspoon pubs are also to be found at Heathrow, Gatwick and Edinburgh airports. To find out more about the JD Wetherspoon chain you can visit them at www.jdwetherspon.co.uk JD Wetherspoon publishes a JD Wetherspoon Freehouse Locations directory. For a copy e-mail them the site is at www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk or call in at your nearest Wetherspoon pub. Or telephone for information and career information on 01923 477777.