Charity starts in The Old Crown, Digbeth

The Old Crown in Digbeth turns 649 years old and to celebrate it’s raising money for St. Basils by holding a raffle giving away birthday presents from some of Birmingham’s best independent businesses.

The Old Crown situated on Digbeth High Street is widely recognized as Birmingham’s oldest inn, dating back to 1368.

The pub will host four events with something for everyone to enjoy; the Digbeth Quiz of The Year, Gin tasting, Birthday party and a two hour guided bus tour.

Having asked local businesses for presents to celebrate the occasion the pub has been overwhelmed by the response. So to give something back to our local community we have decided to run a raffle giving them away with all proceeds will go to St. Basil’s, the raffle will be drawn on Friday 1ST September 2017

Raffle tickets cost £5 and are available in the pub, just ask at the bar, and at any of the birthday events. You can also donate to the charity online through the pubs official Just Giving Page –

Some of the businesses who have given prizes include: The Mockingbird, The Night Owl, The Rainbow Venues, VR Virtual Reality, The Rowton Hotel, Chitty’s Cakes, Ideal Skateboard, Kanteen and many more.

St Basils works with young people across the West Midlands to prevent youth homelessness. St Basils support young people by providing accommodation, encouraging education and training; which will ultimately lead to young people getting into employment, and able enough to take the next steps in life with confidence, direction and support should they need it.

‘We are absolutely delighted to be working with our neighbours at The Old Crown. The sad reality is that homelessness is on the rise in our city. With the help and support from money raised from The Old Crown, We will ensure a positive step to preventing youth homelessness across the West Midlands. ‘ – Barrie Hodge, Head of Fundraising and Communications at St Basils.

What’s happening each day?

Wednesday 23rd August – The Digbeth Quiz of the year

The Old Crown presents the Digbeth Quiz of the year. All proceeds go to St, Basil’s. Do you know you Digbeth Dining Club from Zen? How many trees Digbeth has? Come and get quizzical, put your knowledge of Digbeth and the surrounding areas to the test.

Thursday 24th August – Gin Tasting hosted by the Gintleman

The pub now serves over 30 different gins in it’s outdoor botanical gin garden and local gin extroadinare, The Gintleman, will be giving you a guided tasting of 5 of the pubs favourite gins. Antipasti and small plates included.

Friday 25th August – The Old Crown’s 649th Birthday Party

Join the pub as they celebrate their official birthday with a proper mad tea party. This years theme will celebrate everything quintessentially British but with a twist. The owners are pulling out all the stops and Shiny People will be taking care of the décor.

Sunday 27th August – Hop on Hop off Bus tour.

Explore the history of Digbeth and it’s surrounding areas on a two hour guided bus tour. Sunday lunch included.

Tickets to all of the events can be found here –