Rose Villa Tavern, Birmingham

172 Warstone Lane
B18 6JW
0121 236 7910

The Rose Villa Tavern was built in 1919 in the centre of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter opposite the 1904 Chamberlain Clock (photo 1). Urban pubs in this period were generally moving away from the grander 1890s style to something plainer.  The Rose Villa though sticks mainly to the familiar Victorian vogue with its red brick and terracotta exterior with gables and stained glass windows.

Inside the ceramics are still quite ornate, especially the green and beige inglenook fireplace with its tiled painting (photo 2). The arched stained glass window in the public bar with its ship at the centre is more elaborate than those in Birmingham’s Victorian era pubs apart from maybe the Bartons Arms (photo 3).

Food is pubby but freshly cooked and with one or two unusual options. There are five cask beers and there is a weekly quiz.

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