The Peacock Inn is an 19th century former coaching inn, located on the ancient Roman Icknield Street in the rural hamlet of Forhill on the North Worcestershire Path.
Perched atop the Birmingham Plateau in the tiny rural hamlet of Forhill, just two miles south of historic Kings Norton, this charming red brick former coaching inn is a hidden gem in the North Worcestershire countryside. A real country pub built in 1828 on the ancient Roman road of Icknield Street, The Peacock Inn is a haven for walkers, ramblers and cyclists exploring North Worcestershire, yet less than 10 miles south of bustling central Birmingham.
The 37 mile long North Worcestershire Path passes directly opposite The Peacock at Forhill Picnic Place, taking in the beautiful rural Worcestershire landscape, river valleys and dense woodland on the way to the Georgian riverside town of Bewdley, home of the Severn Valley Railway. Just two miles north lies historic Kings Norton, with attractive canalside walks and its medieval village green and 13th century church. Bordering King's Norton is the model village of Bournville and the famous Cadbury World experience.
For tourists, ramblers and locals alike, with its original oak beams, stone floors and log fires, The Peacock Inn offers the best of both worlds – plenty of space yet retaining a snug, cosy ambience. It's the perfect way to savour traditional pub food and link.Read more...
The Peacock Inn is situated in the hamlet of Forhill on Icknield Street, a Roman road dating back to 49 AD. Built in 1828 to serve coaching traffic travelling from the fast growing Black Country industries to the wealthy towns south of Birmingham, including Worcester, Cheltenham and Oxford, this thriving tavern was well positioned, atop the Birmingham Plateau, to benefit from the growth.
The ancient Roman road, also known as Ryknild/Rycknield Street, runs from Gloucestershire to South Yorkshire, cutting through Alcester, Studley, Redditch, Metchley Fort and Birmingham. Thought to be one of the oldest Roman roads in Britain, a preserved section of the original road can be seen at Sutton Park in Sutton Coldfield.
Crossing Icknield Street at The Peacock is the 37 mile long North Worcestershire Path from Majors Green to the pretty Georgian town of Bewdley on the banks of the Severn. This lovely trail treats walkers to views over the Cotswolds, Shropshire Hills and Welsh Borders, and passes through stunning landscapes including several country parks and reservoirs, the Clent Hills and the breathtaking Severn Valley.
Just over two miles north of The Peacock lies historic Kings Norton. The name derives from the Norman period and means ‘north farmland or settlement belonging to or held by the King.’ The Domesday Book of 1086 records the village as ‘Nortune’, at that time part of a Royal Manor surrounded by the royal hunting grounds of Feckenham Forest.
Kings Norton still has signs of its Saxon origins, and the medieval centre based around the village green and 13th century church are well preserved. The picturesque Kings Norton Junction connects the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal with the Worcester and Birmingham Canal here and visitors may wish to explore the canal and riverside walks.
The Kings Norton Local Nature Reserve is a stunning section of land running along the River Rea between Kings Norton and Northfield, a haven for wildlife in a variety of habitats, from wetland, riverbanks, open water areas, meadows and grazing.
To the north, Kings Norton borders the model village of Bournville, built in the late 19th century by the Quaker Cadbury family to house their workforce in better living conditions, and home today of the family attraction Cadbury World.
After a day’s rambling or visiting the nearby attractions, The Peacock Inn offers a warm welcome and a delicious pub menu with seasonal specials and a fine selection of wines and ales. Sunday lunch in the Worcestershire countryside is especially popular at The Peacock.Show less...