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“Excellent atmosphere - nice early evenings!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Penny Black's

Penny Black's
132-134 Wharfside | The Mailbox, Birmingham, England
+44 121 632 1460
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Ranked #660 of 1,608 Restaurants in Birmingham
Cuisines: English
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Kenilworth, England
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Excellent atmosphere - nice early evenings!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Really good fun, great atmosphere, staff good! A really good place to go after work for drinks! Excellent atmosphere, and the whole place hangs together well with it's choice of drinks, decor, and the fact that the staff are there to serve you, but don't get in the way!

Visited December 2012
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  • English first
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English first
newcastle under lyme
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great comfortable atmosphere!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Great welcoming bar after a long day shopping!! Lovely location right next to the canal. Lots of choice to drink and great things to eat and share together. We visit Birmingham once a year and always end up here!!

Visited December 2012
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Birmingham
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Disapointing Christmas dinner”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We booked here for our works Christmas dinner and really disappointed. Firstly the booking was £25 per head and 3 courses from a fixed menu in their restaurant... what restaurant? We were nearly sat on the dance floor and people were standing up drinking and dancing around us so not very comfortable or relaxing. It felt confused, like it was the wrong atmosphere for a resturant but tables everywhere for a bar?! Music was really loud so could hardly talk and staff were run off their feet.

We had chicken wings in tequila, soup in a bread roll and Camembert for Starter. The chicken was not wings but mini drumsticks and the camembert was in bread crumbs but no cheese.... we complained and said they could re-cook but would take ages as they were busy so didnt bother. Mains we had vegetables skewers which were good apparently, salmon and turkey dinner. Came with helpings of vegetables and gravy and everyone enjoyed it. Pudding was chocolate honeycomb cake which was odd, tasted like malteasers and no flavour or quality.

Overall we were disappointed for the price and it has put me off returning, shame really as i like eating within the mailbox but was nothing special !!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Birmingham, UK
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Christmas party”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012 via mobile

Came here for the Christmas menu. Starters...don't have the camembert...very unimpressed with the lack of cheese. Soup comes in a bread bowl. Chicken wings are not wings.

Very loud music...don't come if you want to talk.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
“Impressions can be deceiving!!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Popped in here at lunch time for a drinktamd while it looks like a nice place from the outside (nice furniture and not too crowed, not empty) I was very disappointed with what I got. It was a cold day so ordered a hot chocolate as I had seen that had a milk steamer only to be presented with a hot chocolate made with water not milk. I shouldn't have bothered!! I ended up leaving as it wasn't up to standard and my friend's drink was flat. Food looked amazing but over priced. Will not be rushing back any time soon.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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