Brewery creates 20 jobs with latest pub

Some 20 jobs have been created after Davenports Brewery, which was established in Birmingham in 1829, opened its latest pub, The Queens Head on Steelhouse Lane in Birmingham city centre, on Friday (May 20).

The move follows months of renovations to the Colmore District-based boozer.

Marketing director, Katie McPhilimey, said: “The board were delighted to find a venue that beats in the very heart of the city, that serves both a dynamic district, and a diverse community of professionals, and students. In 1904, Davenports Brewery fought, and won an important ‘Beer Hawking’ case in the Victoria Law Courts, right around the corner from The Queens Head, so it felt a little like coming home with this location.

Whilst researching the history of the pub, formerly known as The Jekyll & Hyde, the team uncovered some interesting facts to include former names; The Queens Head and prior to 1850, The Kings Head.

McPhilimey added: “In this important Jubilee Year, and in honour of Her Majesty The Queen, the company decided to rename the pub The Queens Head. Baron Davenport wrote to Her Majesty to advise her of our plans and received a wonderful letter back from Her Majesty’s office to say that she was ‘delighted by the news and wished us well’. We have framed the letter.”

The pub boasts an eclectic history, which coin and token expert, Andrew Cunningham has helped to uncover.

McPhilimey said: “Baron Davenport found some tokens for sale online with The ‘Queens Head, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham’ on them. In the 1800 and 1900s the pub had its own tokens that were used for various transactions, to include wet rent. Druids, Forrester’s and many other friendly societies used The Queens Head for meetings over the years, and rather than charge for the room, those attending bought tokens for the pub which they exchanged for drinks, guaranteeing the pub an income. They were also used for games such as ‘Knock ‘Em Down’ – with losers using them to buy the winner a pint. Numerous tokens were issued over the years by different landlords.”

In addition to two bar areas and an orangery, the pub also boasts an outdoor smoking room upstairs called The Engineers Yard.

Prior to opening the doors on Friday 20th May, The Queens Head played host to three launch parties, where guests not only raised a glass to the venue, but did so with a variety of drinks to include Continental Lager which the brewery are reviving after first being brewed in the ’60s.