British Oak: protecting the great outdoors

There aren’t many pubs in Birmingham that have retained their bowling greens.

But, tucked away, at the back of the British Oak in Stirchley, is the pavilion and lawn of the British Oak Bowling Club.
Paul Maders, boss of the British Oak, is determined that it should be treasured.
He wants the large open area behind the pub to become a central feature of the local community.

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The bowling green is just part of the land.
There’s also a large grassed area, paved terrace, marquee and an elegant horseshoe-shaped structure where people can sit in the shade.
“It’s fantastic that everyone can feel welcome here,” he said.
“We have regulars who’ve been coming to the pub for years sitting enjoying a pint and the sun and we have families who have just moved into the area coming with their children.
“People can just enjoy a drink or choose to eat outside from either the bar or restaurant menus.
“It’s great that there’s space in such a built-up area for everyone to enjoy.”

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Substantial work has been carried out on the beer garden since it was recently taken over by The Humble Pub Company – the independent group that also owns the Prince of Wales, Dark Horse and Cheval Blanc in Moseley.
There are plans to eventually splash out £650,000 on the pub, with a refurbishment that will respect its heritage and Grade II listed status.
The pub opened on September 17, 1926, so its 90th birthday is looming.
It was designed by James and Lister Lea – the same architects who created the revered Bartons Arms in Newtown.

The British Oak
1364 Pershore Rd, Birmingham B30 2XS. 0121 458 1758.