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 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!
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.
Wonderful building with lots of atmosphere. All the Fullers beers were available although the Porter was on electric pump which worried me. Food was excellent although not cheap and the service was friendly. ClientŤle was mixed and the environment friendly. A chance to try Fullers beers in a classy pub.
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.
Fin (1016) 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.
Interesting for a change but with the Wellie just around the corner its not going to compete for Real Ale enthusiats. Nice atmosphere but a few too many designer shirts to allow it to feel homely. The service is friendly and the staff are happy to give you a taster. The selection isnít bad for a city centre pub, mainly Fullers but the Beowulf is well worth trying. I understand that, as the name suggests, it was the regional stock exchange before dealing was ícentralisedí in that big town in the south east!
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.