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.
Fin (1184) 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.
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 architecture, decent Fullers ales, but don’t waste your time coming here when it’s busy. There are never enough staff and the ones they have are frankly useless and totally disinterested. They don’t 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.