Red Lion, Handsworth

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Red Lion
Handsworth The Red Lion.JPG
The building in August 2013
General information
TypePublic house
Address270, Soho Road, Handsworth
Town or cityBirmingham
Coordinates52°30′15″N 1°56′17″W / 52.504173°N 1.937968°W / 52.504173; -1.937968Coordinates: 52°30′15″N 1°56′17″W / 52.504173°N 1.937968°W / 52.504173; -1.937968
Completed1901 (1901)
ClientHolt Brewery
DesignationsGrade II listed

The Red Lion is a disused public house on Soho Road, in the Handsworth district of Birmingham, England.

A pub has stood on the site since 1829.[1] The then building was purchased by the Holt Brewery in 1893 and the current building was erected for them in 1901[a] by the local architects James and Lister Lea.[1] It was taken over by Ansells on their acquisition of Holt in 1934.

The three-storey building, in brick with a brick and two-tone terracotta facade, a Welsh slate roof and a polygonal corner tower surmounted by a cupola.,[2] was granted grade II listed protection in January 1985.[2]

Having closed in 2008,[1] the pub was put up for auction in October 2014, but failed to sell. As of December 2015, it is unused, and is considered "at risk" by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), and by Historic England, who placed it on their Heritage at Risk Register for 2015.[3] It retains what CAMRA have described as:[3]

a spectacular interior including floor–to-ceiling tiles in passages, ornate bar fittings, four tiled paintings, and panelled 'coffee room'... and a magnificent bar back of mahogany and gilded, painted and etched mirrors featuring Holt Brewery lettering and squirrel motifs


  1. ^ At which time Handsworth was still part of Staffordshire; it did not become part of Birmingham until 1911


  1. ^ a b c "Birmingham, Handsworth, Red Lion". Historic Pub Interiors. Campaign for Real Ale. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1276278)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Pubs in Peril". Historic Pub Interiors. Campaign for Real Ale. Retrieved 21 December 2015.