The Eagle and Tun is as much a part of the Digbeth landscape as our other pubs. Sadly, it has been closed for a number of years and is mooted to be demolished as part of plans for HS2.
However, with the rejuvenation of the far side of Digbeth, including the launch of Eastside City Park and The Woodman, The Eagle and Tun has quietly reopened for business. Selling your standard thirst-quenching drinks, the owners also plan to expand the selection of real ale available, hoping to appeal to ale aficionados as well as the student market.
Although it is as architecturally significant as other pubs in Digbeth and locally listed, The Eagle and Tun is also an important pop-culture reference, being the setting for the video for Birmingham band UB40’s hit Red Red Wine.
The pub was also pictured on the band’s 1987 album The Best of UB40, featuring a compilation of songs recorded at the nearby DEP International Studio in Digbeth.
Only the main bar is currently open, but the aim is to also reopen the back room and the upstairs function room in due course. The owners plan to slowly bring the pub back to life with a live music offering and by offering food in time too.
See more pictures and read more about the pub at the Birmingham Mail website.