Iconic White Swan pub in Digbeth announces closure weeks after CAMRA guide listing

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The pub’s bosses announced on Thursday (November 10 ) that they will be closing the doors to the pub for the last time

One of Birmingham’s most iconic pubs is shutting its doors after being hit by the cost of living crisis. The closure of the White Swan on Bradford Street in Digbeth comes weeks after the Victorian pub was listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2023 for the first time.

The pub’s bosses announced on social media on Thursday (November 10) that they will be closing the doors for the last time on Saturday (November 12).

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“This Saturday the current team hang up their hats at The White Swan. Though we are going out with a bang! @oakhamales Citra makes it’s debut here. 4.2% abv with zest, hop and citrus notes,” they said on social media.

“A favourite amongst our other venues so you already knew that! A bit of @hook_norton_brewery Old Hooky to form the perfect pale tag team. 4.6% fruity and full bodied! Forget the market. Come say see you later to one of the most beautiful pubs in Digbeth!” they added.

The White Swan, a Grade-II listed pub, in the Irish Quarter of the city was built between 1899 and 1900. It was renovated and restored in 2021 by bosses Nigel Barker and Will Young.

Will is the former manager of the now-shut The Woodman. Nigel’s other pub, The Wellington on Bennetts Hill in the city centre, is renowned for its selection of beers and remains a popular haunt for many beer lovers.

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Meanwhile, The White Swan on 276 Bradford Street has been listed for sale. Offers in excess of £650,000 are sought for the 3,705 sq. ft. venue.

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What CAMRA had said about the pub

CAMRA had described the pub as: “Two-roomed unspoilt Victorian red-brick pub, identified by CAMRA as having a nationally important historic interior. The main drinking area has a wooden bar with large bar back and etched mirrors, with stools and benchseating around the walls. Sandwiches, pies and cobs are available. Guest beers are from the Marston’s portfolio.”

They had also said that it got busy when sporting events are shown on a large pull-down screen.

Pub boss Nigel Barker has been contacted for his comment.

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