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Review: The Old Crown, Digbeth
Caitlin Dickinson reviews her lunch experience at The Old Crown, a surprisingly charming and affordable pub-grub gem in Digbeth.
In the quirky suburb of Digbeth lies Birmingham’s oldest pub, The Old Crown. This Elizabethan style building that is terribly slanted, crumbling and dingy inside serves the best pub grub you will get in Digbeth. Reportedly, Queen Elizabeth I stayed here on her way back to London. Who would expect this historical culture with a pint at lunchtime? I was definitely surprised when I just popped in for a quick lunch stop whilst shopping.
Inside The Old Crown, you are greeted with black beams, darkened furniture and small windows onto the street which really enhances the Tudor pub-style interior. Out the back is a lovely open beer garden which hosts an Octoberfest and music events. When you are sat inside, the bench tables and squishy seats make you feel comforted whilst you dine. You are also surrounded by a collage of pictures of monarchy, historical figures to link in with the historical past of the pub.
“The bench tables and squishy seats make you feel comforted whilst you dine
The pub hosts a variety of unique ales and ciders to Birmingham, which are apparently from local brewers. It also has a popular ‘2 for £10 Burgers Night’ on a Monday, and Taco night for the same price on a Tuesday. So if you are on a budget and want an independent eat in budget this is a superb place to go.
I ordered a Kiwi cider that was flavoured with passionfruit and apple. This was a great compliment to wash down the lunch I ordered. I opted for a small portion of the roast ham, pea and mint pesto, aged cheddar cheese and salad sandwich that came with a pot of spiced mustard.
“I was surprised with the large portion size and how it came on hot focaccia with a drizzle of garlic oil
I was surprised with the large portion size and how it came on hot focaccia which had a drizzle of garlic oil on top. There was the option to have chips or extra salad with your meal for a small cost, but I stuck with the humungous sandwich! The sandwiches also had alternate fillings suitable for vegan and vegetarian, one of which being a mushroom and halloumi and a spicy sauce. Overall, my meal came to approximately £7.