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We’re celebrating our 655 year heritage with a huge birthday party & historical exhibition this week!

It’s hard to believe we’re turning 655 this September, and this year’s birthday party is set to be bigger and better than ever…

We’re not only Birmingham’s oldest boozer, but also its oldest non-secular building. The Old Crown has fought off attacks during the First Civil War from Prince Rupert’s forces – and we’re the only structure still standing after the Battle of Birmingham in 1643. Did you know we’ve also been host to royalty? Queen Elizabeth I stayed at The Old Crown on her way home from Kenilworth Castle in 1575.

Many parts of our original building, including the classic black & white timber frame, are still standing to this day.

655 years later, after being a Guild House, a series of shops and even a school, we’re celebrated as one of Birmingham’s best pubs, with two beer gardens and hundreds of events all year round, including #DigbethStPats celebrations and our annual Summer Programme. Events on this year’s agenda have included a summer street food festival, takeovers from local brands like The Night Owl and Broke N Bone BBQ, celebrity quizzes from The Chase and plenty more.

And on Friday 8th September, as part of Birmingham Heritage Week, we’re so excited to be launching a brand new historical exhibition, curated by Birmingham Award-winning author and historian Professor Carl Chinn MBE. It includes over 50 unseen photos of The Old Crown, and Digbeth throughout history, from our Medieval roots to the present day. It also shows insights into the struggles and successes of our nearly 700 year history. Professor Chinn will be hosting a historical talk at The Old Library on the 8th September, launching the exhibition and detailing his findings. Tickets include a free copy of “The Old Crown, High Street, Deritend”, a brand new booklet written by the Professor.

But it wouldn’t be an Old Crown birthday without a huge party, and on Saturday 9th September, we’ve got amazing street food in the garden, as well as live music from Simon Jnr! Enjoy classics from our everyday menu, tasty street food, and party bags filled with goodies from local businesses.

£15 tickets for An Evening with Carl Chinn on Friday can be purchased here.

Free tickets for our birthday party THIS SATURDAY can be reserved here.

Our historical exhibition will take place inside the pub, and will be free entry for the entirety of Birmingham Heritage Week (8th-17th September). Find out more here.

👑 The Old Crown’s Jubilee Weekender 🇬🇧

We’ve got 4 days off and we’re celebrating the Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend, from the 2nd till the 4th June, the only way we know how, three days of FREE events with DJs and LIVE ACTS… 

We’ll be welcoming some of our favourites back to The Old Crown for a jam packed weekend with street food, cocktails and more all weekend. All set in Digbeth’s best beer garden! 

Here’s what we’ve got lined up… 

Thursday 2nd June

We’ve got live music from the lovely Esther Turner, and DJ Romo Weeks will be taking over the decks in the garden til late.

Friday 3rd June

After an amazing performance with us last Christmas, The Equators are back in the garden performing ska and reggae hits like Baby Come Back and Bed of Roses.

Saturday 4th June

Then on Saturday, The Twang and Dead Sea Skulls drummer Ash Sheehan will be performing an acoustic set. Expect Irish classics, covers and more.

Plus DJ Mazzy Snape will be on the decks throughout the day!

All events are FREE ENTRY all day, but tickets don’t guarantee a seat; make sure to get in early to secure your space!

Get your tickets here 👉 bit.ly/ocjubileeweekender

It’s Our Birthday!

The Old Crown Garden

And there ain’t no party like an Old Crown party! 🥳🥳🥳

We’re pulling out all the stops for our birthday this year, making up for a little break in the celebrations last year and having a TWO DAY FREE PARTY! We’ll be celebrating the old girl’s 653rd birthday on Friday 24th September AND Saturday 25th September… 

On Friday 24th we’ve got live music from the amazing Liamosino and the sensational Lobster! Liamosino, front man of local psych rock band Brain Food will be bringing his experimental/alternative vibes to the pub garden. 🕺🏻🕺🏻🕺🏻

Lobster, Reggae & hip-hop influenced punk band from Birmingham have been bringing the punk reggae style since 09 and we can’t wait to have them down in Digbeth to party it up Old Crown style! 

On Saturday, we’ll have Old Crown regular Ash Sheehan. The singer songwriter and member of legendary Brummie band, The Twang, will be bringing his soulful acoustic vibes to the party… ✨✨✨

There’ll be DJs, cocktails, party games and much much more! Free tickets are available to book here now! 🎉🎉🎉

There’ll be a limited amount of super special party bags, full of Old Crown goodies and Digbeth treats for the first 50 people through the door on each night!   

After celebrations were brought to a halt last year, we can’t wait to see all for a weekend of proper Old Crown partying! Book your tickets now https://bit.ly/OCbday