Balsall Common is home to Ye Old Sacaren's Head, which sounds like it heralds from previous centuries, it does in fact; Ye Old Sacaren's Head has been standing since the 16th Century.
These new fangled pubs, which try to emulate a more rustic experience, with the use of wood and 'original' materials, are mere imitation. When you arrive at Ye Old Sacaren's Head, it gives you the chills in some ways because of the sheer character of the building, my family loved it.
With original beams and plenty of exposed brick work, not to mention the wood-burning fires, it feels like you're walking into an English country club, but you're in fact, just outside Birmingham - hats off to the owners who renovated this place with special attention.
The floors are polished, seats are plushy, and the service is friendly, but still very professional, so Ye Old Sacaren Head might be a heritage pub if anything, but it is modern in its approach to customer service and my family of five felt very welcome, even though it was busy when we visited around lunchtime.
Even the pub managers say: "many a weary traveller has been fed and watered at our pub over the years." It has English charm and tradition at its core, but in our modern times the folk who run this charming pub have created a menu firmly set in the 21st Century.
Firstly, they have a 'pizza kitchen'. Their pizzas seem to be the order of the day, even though the rest of my family enjoyed 'proper' main meals, my nephew and I plumped for the pizza. We chose the goats' cheese and red onion pizza and it was as huge as it was tasty.
My sister's meal looked and tasted sensational however; she enjoyed 'Big John's short rib'; home-smoked using our favourite Josper oven and glazed in BBQ sauce, served simply with thick cut chips and jalapeño coleslaw. My brother-in-law's burger looked equally tatsy; a homemade steak burger in a brioche bun with mixed leaves, red onion, fresh tomato, gherkin.
We decided to forgo dessert because we were all so full. Instead, we wandered around the nearby forest and enjoyed a walk in the natural forestation. It was lovely.