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Published May 14th 2016
Newest Bar In Lichfield Has Plenty To Back Up Curious Name
It holds the title — for the time being at least — as the newest bar in the cathedral city of Lichfield. But the curiously titled Beerbohm is worth a visit for more reasons than that, as I discovered when I called in one afternoon. The Beerbohm in Tamworth Street, Lichfield, opened its doors just before Christmas 2015 having previously been The Spark Cafe Bar and Restaurant.
It was apparently taken over by a husband and wife team who had previously run numerous pubs in Derby before moving to Lichfield at the end of 2009 to reopen the Duke of York in the city's Greenhill. Following a six-year stint at the Duke of York it was time to move on and run a 'free house', and the search took them to the old Spark Cafe which took several weeks to refurbish before it re-opened under its new name.
Beerbohm is certainly different to the traditional bar or pub you can find in Lichfield, or most other places for that matter. For a start, instead of the normal pub name, it takes its title from Henry Maximilian Beerbohm, an essayist and caricaturist who became known in the 1890s as a dandy and humourist. No surprise then that the pub has its own beer appropriately called Beerbohm Dandy Bitter.
But the other thing that helps set this cosy, welcoming, friendly bar apart from the rest is the wide range of Belgian, German and American beers it has to offer alongside the various cask ales. But, if that's not enough, Beerbohm also has a comprehensive wine list and a selection of gins and malt whiskies, while also providing tea and coffee.
Beerbohm sits on two floors and is elegantly furnished on both levels, providing an almost continental feel as it looks out onto the busy main street. If you want a particularly quiet spot then venture upstairs where the room is decked out in mirrors and a selection of old photos of various people.