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!
Beautifully converted ex bank into a Fullers beer palace, plenty of interesting corners and very easy on the eye. The main problem I had was with the beer, it took ages to serve and I had to return it for quality, perhaps this is a one off, hopefully. Unfortunately not a one off, it does seem quite regular in here to get poor beers. Re Rate Aug í13. Well Iím warming to this place a little now. It remains a magnificent building to have a beer with fantastic fittings including the island bar, there is also, seemingly, an improvement in the guest beer quality, so a cautious improvement in my mark.
Reputedly Fullerís most northerly pub, the Old Joint Stock is a magnificent building (an old bank, now with a theatre upstairs) that could be Birminghamís answer to the Philharmonic in Liverpool. It has an impressive cupola, faux marble columns and sculptured busts in the arched windows over a wonderful frieze. There are several areas around the central bar and rooms at the back with Regency bow windows that open onto a patio that leads in turn to an alleyway directly opposite the back entrance to the Wellington. The draught beers are mainly Fullerís plus a few guests and we noticed that they had Fullerís Vintage Ales and Past Masters in the fridge. The only problem with a building like this is that itís like an echo chamber and, although Iím not of a nervous disposition, I jumped at the loud crashing sound every time a bottle was thrown into the skip behind the bar.
(Visited 5 July 2013).
Lavishly decorated bar with the Victorian theatre house theme played on to full effect. This is soft furnishings at its finest and not to be missed - itís hard not to have a relaxing drink here. Thereís also a small back room which is just as good a place to unwind in and beyond is a back garden area for smokers. As itís a Fullers pub thereís no shortage of Fullers ales to choose from but one or two others can be found on the central bar that is 360 degrees in the middle of the main room with taps all around it. Food is served and WiFi is available as long as you own a mobile phone to receive the access code. Given the decor and location opposite the Cathedral expect London prices from the London brewer.
A Fullers pub in Birmingham, surely not. A Fullers pub in Birmingham with a theater above, you must be mistaken.
Easy to find, it is right opposite the front of Saint Philipís Cathedral.
This former bank has had a fortune spent on it by Fullers and you can tell. This large impressive building on the outside, is even more impressive inside. A massive central, island bar, dominates the classical (with gothic undertones) Victorian walls and ceillings. The large paintings on the walls are well worth taking a proper look at, as you wait to be served.
Walk up the stairs and sit on the balcony to get the full picture of the place, from here you can see better, note the Roman statues, colonnades and cupola.
Lunchtime it is all suits and a few shoppers, early evening the same, later the pre-club drinkers appear. Never overcrowded, but often busy, the old managers office and another rear room are often cosy and quieter. Do not expect a lively chat about beer or the weather here, it is not a friendly local sort of bar. bring your own company or you will be drinking alone. The staff can be slow, but they are pleasant enough.
The full range of Fullers beers are always on (cask) as well as guests from Beowulf. I have never had a bad pint here and I have been many times.
This is an íAle and Pieí Fullers pub, the food is not cheap, but it is filling and plentyful.
I always start my Birmingham Haddocks (pub crawls) from here, everyone and anyone who has never been here before, is amazed such a pub is in Birmingham. Come and see for yourself.
A reasonable place to meet up for a pint or two except when it is a Friday or Saturday evening, when the queue for service can sometimes take a good 10-15 minutes. Small selection of real ales. Great interior - a former bank branch.