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“Fantastic experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ye Olde Saracens Head

Ye Olde Saracens Head
Balsall Street, Balsall Common, Solihull CV7 7AS, England
01676 533862
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: English
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Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: A carefully crafted pub, specialisng in charcoal oven grilled steaks. To make a booking please visit our website or just give us a call.
Coventry,England
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Fantastic experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

We've been there a few times recently and not been dissapointed once. We used the back room for a family function, a room called The Den which was brilliant. The food there is fantastic, definitely recommend the Fillet Steak. Every time we have been the service has been top notch and we've been well looked after. We went in recently with our dog and sat in the small bar area too.

I really recommend this place, the staff and food are excellent. Yes you may pay a little bit more but it really is worth it.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Solihull, United Kingdom
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276 reviews 276 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 77 cities Reviews in 77 cities
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
“First time and it won't be the last”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

After driving passed this pub while going to Coventry or Warwick University over many years and never going in, we decided to give it a go after hearing this place had been refurbished. We were only going to have something quick but after seeing the tempting menu, we had a sharing pork starter and then a sandwich. We only needed the starter, there was so much of it and it was all delicious, so we ate it all!!! After eating only half the sandwich as we couldn't eat anymore we left - we didn't eat at all for the rest of the day. Will definitely return.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Refurbed and back with a bang!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Wow.... it used to be a 2-4-1 type of pub, and it did reasonably well dispite its location on the edge of Basall Common, on the way towards Knowle. but since it has been refurbed and taken over it has transformed into one of the BEST gastropubs i have ever visited. It is technically a steakhouse but does other dishes aswell. My finace is a chef and can be picky when it comes to steaks but neither of us could find fault with the food or service provided. The waitress was extremely polite and informative and the food was second to none. Even the steak knives you are given are £110 for 6 to buy! They have definatly done things properly. We also decided to explore the little knooks and Crannies around the place and discovered a lovely private room with a large solid darkwood table, and roaring log fires all around the place. Absolutly love this speical little pub. Even the outside has had immense care and attention put into the decoration and placement. Go there!!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“great gastropub”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We have been often to most of the gastropubs within a few mile radius of Knowle, places like the Orange Tree, The Boot, The Malt Shovel to name just a few. This was our first visit to Ye Olde Saracens Head and it compares favourably with all of them.

We went for lunch. The menu was intersting, the waitress was polite, friendly and attentive and the food was good. Even though it was a mid-week lunch, there were a reasonable number of people there and a nice buzz.

We will definitely go again and will try dinner next time.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Best of the Warwickshire Gastro-Pubs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

This is a gem. From being greeted by a sign telling you jugs of free tap water are available from the bar, to the delightful interior, to the attentive and informative staff, to the excellent range of draught ales, lagers and wines, to the varied menu of excellent dishes at sensible prices, to the spotless lavatories, this place just gets everything right.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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