UPON entering the West Midlands Tavern, I knew straight away it was a proper traditional British bar.

The barman chatting with locals, the friendly atmosphere, and sport on for those who no doubt were enjoying a lunchtime beer after a busy Christmas week.

It was like walking into The Garrison in Peaky Blinders.

The West Midlands Tavern, in Lowesmoor and not far from Worcester Shrub Hill station, is clearly a popular venue with its regulars and visitors alike.

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After only a short wait at the bar I went for a Pub Spy favourite, a pint of San Miguel - and handed over £4.

In my haste, and making the error of thinking that was the price, I found a seat but the friendly barman came across and handed me the change, sharing a joke about my mistake.

I have to say you cant argue with paying £3.60 for a quality pint like San Miguel.

The seat I chose was in the games area, which is complete with a pool table and darts board which next to it had a 'highest check out of the month' competition running.

The pub also has skittles, if that is your type of game, but I spent a good 10 minutes on the slot and quiz games machines the pub has available to choose from.

The bar and decor was also in a Peaky Blinders theme; wooden chairs, the bar layout and the glass pub advertising mirrors, including one for Beamish Irish Stout.

At this time of year I expected to see the Christmas decorations and the 'Westie' or 'West', as regulars call it, did not disappoint there.

The decorations included a Santa, a Christmas tree and a Merry Christmas sign hanging up behind the bar.

It was obvious the pub is popular among sport lovers, and with a big projector screen it no doubt has a great atmosphere during the big fixtures. When I walked in the pub goers were simultaneously enjoying football on the large screen, and horse racing on the televisions behind the bar.

Also at the bar are Birmingham City and Liverpool FC name plates, which will be a good or bad thing depending on your allegiances.

The Lowesmoor Place pub is also no doubt a community hub, proved by having banners for Debra, the charity that supports people with a skin blistering condition. A quick check of the pub's social media shows fundraising quizzes have raised money for the good cause.

If live entertainment is your thing, the West Midlands Tavern doesn't disappoint there either. On the wall were various adverts for karaoke nights and near the bar's entrance a picture gallery of previous successful nights.

The bar was also advertising live entertainment, which appeared to be nightly across the festive period.

Before I left I used the pub's toilets, and although not in the best state - unsurprising given the age of the watering hole - staff have done a good job keeping them clean and tidy, which is always a good sign of a well run establishment.

Overall I enjoyed my trip to the 'Westie', and if you looking for a down-to-earth old fashioned place for a drink in the city, this could be the place for you.