Of course any good Digbeth citizen knows this is utter rubbish, as do the writers of the Good Beer Guide 2011. They talk of how the family-run Anchor pub ‘brings a local pub feel to a city centre location’ and accurately describe The Spotted Dog as a ‘family-owned, old-fashioned Irish boozer frequented by an eccentric mix of oddballs, artists, mountaineers with vertigo and anarchists’. The White Swan and The Lamp Tavern also get favourable write-ups.
According to the Birmingham Post, Good Pub Guide 2011 Editor Fiona Stapley has appealed for Brummies to let her know about their favourite locals, adding: “The genuinely warm and personal welcome found in so many of the guide’s pubs has become something of a rarity.” Fiona, going by that it’s pretty obvious you’ve never been to Digbeth or stepped inside any of its numerous gorgeous pubs, so this is my open invitation to you. I’ll gladly give you a guided tour.
I’m illustrating my point with a couple of pictures and audioboos I took on my phone in The Spotted Dog on Saturday night, when landlord John Tighe gave a warm and personal welcome to a group of young Glaswegian musicians on the road.