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Welcome to The Shakespeare

You will find The Shakespeare in Lower Temple Street Birmingham within a short stroll of New Street Railway Station, Alexandra Theatre and Bull ring Shopping Centre - 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
Situated on Lower Temple Street, The Shakespeare is a Victorian building very much at the heart of the city and part of the hubbub of its daily life. Its proximity to New Street has ensured that Lower Temple Street has always been busy and present to a wide variety of trades over the years.

Birmingham has developed dramatically since its early days which, around the time of the Domesday book (1083-1086) comprised 480 acres of land and was worth 20 shillings (£1). By the time of the English Civil War in the 17th century, Birmingham had become an important manufacturing town with a reputation for producing small arms. Arms manufacture in Birmingham became a staple trade and was concentrated in the area known as the Gun Quarter. The famous gun makers W. Powell and Sons, founded in 1802, were located close to Lower Temple Street, on Carrs Lane.

One of a kind
The Shakespeare 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.

latest pub news, offers & events

Rugby World Cup 2019

Happening from 20/09/2019 to 02/11/2019 [Expired]

Follow every tackle, try and scrum from the Rugby World Cup right here at Nicholson’s!

We’ll be showing select games live and in HD from Friday 20th September - Saturday 2nd November.

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Nicholson's Gin Festival

Happening from 06/08/2018 to 02/09/2018 [Expired]

Our 3rd annual Gin Festival has arrived for the summer, and there’s even more for you to explore this summer…

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Beer Day Britain 2018

Happening on 15/06/2018 [Expired]

Friday 15th June marks the annual celebration of the nation's best-loved bevvy - real ale! So why not come down and join us in raising a glass of the good stuff and say #CheersToBeer!