Historic former Birmingham pub to undergo facelift

A historic pub which has served a Birmingham city district since the 1800s is to be converted into commercial premises.

Plans have been lodged with Birmingham City Council to revamp The Brown Lion in the Jewellery Quarter in a bid to attract new occupiers.

The application is seeking permission to carry out the restoration works and secure change of use consent to allow it to reopen as either retail, office space, a café, restaurant or a mix of these.

Newly submitted documents supporting the planning application say the work will include restoring the site’s original frontage to “remove some of the items currently out of character with the building”.

Internally, the ground floor area previously occupied by the pub will be divided into two separate commercial units while the upper floors will remain in residential usage.

The project has been designed by Jewellery Quarter-based practice BPN Architects.

The Brown Lion, in Hall Street, closed down in February and was sold a few weeks later by Stonegate Pub Company.

Stonegate had inherited the site as part of its £1.28 billion takeover of Solihull-based Ei Group in 2019 which created the UK’s largest pub company.


Business Live – West Midlands