About Us

Welcome to The Old Contemptibles

You will find The Old Contemptibles in Edmund Street Birmingham within a short stroll of Corporation Street, Colemore Row and New Street - however you won't find another like it.

Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.

A fascinating past

Our name honours the First World War heroes, the British Expeditionary Force led by General Sir John French, who suffered heavy casualties in holding up the German advance at Mons. Kaiser Wilhelm II ordered his men to exterminate French's 'contemptible little army', leading to the nickname that we now proudly remember and which also stuck to the 1914 Star medal ? The Old Contemptibles' medal.

One of a kind

The Old Contemptibles is one of many rare gems in the Nicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.

Famous for an insult hurled at British soldiers by Kaiser Wilhelm

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Opening Times

  • Monday to Friday: 11:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday: 12:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday: 12:00 - 18:00