Stunning old building taken over by Fuller’s and developed very tastefully in my humble opinion, this place is an architect’s wet dream. Aside from their own stable of ales, you will find a few guests but since I love Fuller’s beers I didn’t bother. ESB and Seafarer’s 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 didn’t 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 Philip’s 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 ’Ale and Pie’ 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. Clientèle was mixed and the environment friendly. A chance to try Fullers beers in a classy pub.
Visited on 30th December 2016. Large bank conversion and now a fantastic looking, ornately decorated Fullers pub. Decor is fantastic, with chandeliers, fancy staircases, the place looks great. Central bar has a good mix of Fullers cask and keg beers plus a few local guest beers. Picked up a Silhill seasonal and Fullers Impy stout, both in good nick. Ate here and food was good if a little expensive but was worth it. Maybe not the best beer venue in town, one I’ve been to a while ago on numerous occasions. There’s also an exit out back to the Wellington. Lovely pub and sure we’ll be back.
Opulent Fuller’s 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 Fuller’s 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 (1174) 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, it’s 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 don’t 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.