Fin (950) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | January 4, 2016
I visited The Old Joint Stock on Monday 4th January 2016. This is another very centrally located pub just behind The Welly on Temple Street West, itís also on a square, not sure what the squares called, but there is a church, St Philips in the centre. This is another place that sits close to Moor Street, Snow Hill and New Street a stations a short walk of 3-4 minutes or less would get you to anyone of these.
I have been here frequently in the past but never got around to rating the place. This has a wonderful interior a beautiful large central island bar is the centrepiece but look up and around to see huge paintings, marble, classy uplighters, old wood, a lovely first floor balcony and a superb central glass dome/cupola, this is classy, even some of the furniture looks a cut above.
I arrived with the Christmas decorations being taken down, a till being repaired and with the place almost all to myself. Beer choice was very much the Fullers standards with the addition of Olivers Island, Seafarers and just the one guest (that I could see) in a selection that was safe, at just 10:15 I settled for a sparkling water.
This is a place to come to for the interior, as opposed to being wowed by the beer selection, having said that I donít have a problem with Fullers and so would happily return here for a beer and to marvel at the interior anytime. * Just noticed four more guest beers around the other side en-route to the toilets, appears to be a patio at rear also.
Stunning old building taken over by Fullerís and developed very tastefully in my humble opinion, this place is an architectís wet dream. Aside from their own stable of ales, you will find a few guests but since I love Fullerís beers I didnít bother. ESB and Seafarerís were both good and I ended the evening with a bottle of the London Porter, excellent. Prices are more in tune with London and this may well put some people off. Definitely will return on my next visit to Brum.
Great architecture, decent Fullers ales, but donít waste your time coming here when itís busy. There are never enough staff and the ones they have are frankly useless and totally disinterested. They donít care in what order they serve people and you could die waiting for a beer at times. I walked out after my most recent visit and will be going only on Sunday afternoons in future!
The manager needs to be a lot more careful about who he employs, or maybe he should try and poach some staff from the Wellington. The quality of staff at these two City centre pubs could not be more different.
Visit here for the architecture more than the beer... Being from London when I travel I do not want to see Fullers... but credit to them there are always beers from Midland breweries as well as Fullers seasonal and regular brews.
Opulent Fullerís pub in the city centre. The bar area is a bit OTT on the Victoriana, but the main seating bit is more like a nice everyday pub (carpets and all). The upstairs theatre bar was closed for a private function on my visit. Ten real ales - split 50/50 between Fullerís and guests - plus a couple interesting ones on draft (including Chimay Gold). A smattering of bottles. Expensive. No football colours, as I found out the last time I tried to come in.
Have paid numerous visits to the OJS throughout the ínoughtiesí.
Lavishly restored Fullers tied house opposite the small cathedral in the centre of Brum, 3 or 4 mins walk from Snow Hill Station, 7 or 8 at a brisk pace from New St.
Formerly a bank the OJS soaks up the splendour of the Victorian age. The central bar dominates the main room, there is also an upstairs balcony area and a gentlemans lounge affair at the rear.
Service has always been reasonable, clientele local workers in the week plus others seeking an atmospheric drinking venue.
Guests always available in addition to the Fullers range.
This place used to be near the top of my list for venues on a Brum crawl, still worth a look in for the civic splendour but a number of places are now leaps and bound ahead in terms of a more varied and interesting beer range.
Great venue with island bar, vaulted ceiling and loads more original features, good range of fullers beers plus 4 guest casks on my visit. Food menu looks good but didnít eat this visit. Found their ltd edition impy stout on cask which was awesome!