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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
Published October 27th 2019
Sadler's Brewing Co Opens Latest Bar And Eatery
The "Social" seems to be the new word for pub with these drinking spots popping up all over the country. The latest in Birmingham is a new chic venue in Harborne High Street from Sadler's Brewing Co.

Brewer's Social Harborne, Sadler's brewing co, food review
The new Brewer's Social is on Harborne High Street


Brewer's Social has transformed the premises of a one-time cake shop at the corner of High Street and St John's Road and turned it into a drinking spot with art deco glamour.

Sadler's has made the most of the Peaky Blinders connection to Birmingham (it has ales named after the Peakys) and this venue has touches of that era about it with fringed lampshades, exposed brickwork and a 1920's feel to booths and the wallpaper.

It adds a touch of glamour to the place, which has a relaxed and welcoming feel whether you are there for a few brews or for a meal.

Brewer's Social Harborne, Sadler's brewing co, food review, photo Alison Brinkworth
A welcoming cosy feel inside the Brewer's Social


Talking of drinks, the Brewer's Social offers award-winning ales and ciders (along with cocktails, wines, gin and tonics and the like if you aren't a craft beer fan). There's plenty of Sadler's choices along with local and international beers, both on tap and in bottles, like Estrella.

The Sadler's range includes its famous Peaky Blinder Lager and Pale Ale, which come in attractive glasses with Peaky images on them. Among the extensive range on offer are ales and stouts and the choice ranges from Sadler's Dakota American IPA to Birmingham Brewing Second City Pale and Shandon Stout.

Although Sadler's is well known for its beer, the Brewer's Social is mixing that up with a food offering too. The menu caters for any time of day with an all-day brunch and snacks to more substantial carb-heavy dishes that are perfect for a hangover cure or to line the stomach ahead of a drinking session.

Brewer's Social Harborne, Sadler's brewing co, food review
Hearty food for lunch or a hangover


Dishes like Mud City Baby Back Ribs, Smoked Brisket in Sadler's Ale Sauce and Truffle Mac and Cheese are crowd-pleasers. There are also half or full kilos of chicken wings at 8.95 or 12.95 respectively ideal for a group sharing and come with sauces like Mud City Stout homemade BBQ, Habanero Hot or Ginger and Garlic. There's a nod to vegans too with Cauliflower Wings on offer instead at 6.95.

The Brunch Baps (5.50), Brewer's Big Brunch (14.95) and Salmon and Eggs (8.95) are bound to attract early to mid morning clientele more interested in food than alcohol.

As it was later in the day, I tried out the Fried Chicken at 12.95 - a loaded sandwich really, with fried chicken in thick cut bread and overloaded with toppings of cheese, gherkins, onion jam and chipotle mayonnaise with cajun fries to boot. Overloaded with carbs and calories too but absolutely delicious and satisfying.

Not cutting back on portion sizes, I couldn't finish the generous amount of food on the plate, that had a nice gentle touch of southern spice to it from the Cajun influence.

Brewer's Social Harborne, Sadler's brewing co, food review
It is the third venue that Sadler's Brewing Co has opened


My colleague went for the Grilled Lamb and Sweet Potato (17.95), which was a tender chargrilled lamb steak with sweet potato wedges, veg and with a cumin aioli. Good pub grub at the end of the day.

There's a nice touch in terms of desserts with cakes available, like the scrumptious Red Velvet Cake, or soft scoop ice cream that comes in a cone as though it is straight out of an ice cream van.

Brewer's Social Harborne, Sadler's brewing co, food review, photo Alison Brinkworth
Ice cream cones are also available with a pint


Ultimately, people will initially be attracted to Brewer's Social for the range of beers on offer backed by the solid reputation of Sadler's.

What they may not realise is that this bar and eatery has a winning ambience for much more than just beer drinkers.

It's chic yet down-to-earth surroundings and menu offering guilty pleasures and brunch delights are bound to attract lunch-ers or those relaxing over an after-work drink.

Brewer's Social is another welcome pitstop along the "Harborne mile" pub crawl. So, maybe they have got the name right this time as it's set up to be a sociable haven at the heart of Harborne.


Opening times for Brewer's Social are from 9am to 11pm, Sunday to Thursday or until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Food is served until 9:30pm from Monday to Saturday and until 7pm on Sunday.

On top of this new venue in Harborne, Sadler's Brewing Co has also expanded the offering at its Taproom in Quinton, with the launch of a bottle shop.

The shop now offers a range of craft beer, cider and mini kegs, to drink-in or take-away. Draught beer on keg comes from Thornbridge, Tiny Rebel, Rooster's, Wiper and True, as well as its own beers, lagers and stouts. It is open on Tuesday 4pm-11pm; Wednesday and Thursday noon-11pm; Friday and Saturday 12pm-midnight and Sunday 12-8pm.
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Why? A place to chill in Harborne for a craft beer or meal
When: 9am-11pm Sunday-Thursday 9am-Midnight Friday and Saturday Food Served until 9:30pm Monday-Saturday, 7pm on Sunday.
Phone: 0121 427 9570
Where: rewer's Social Harborne, 77 High Street, Harborne, B17 9NS
Cost: Various
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