There are only two pubs in Birmingham recommended by the Good Pub Guide
Every year the Good Pub Guide puts together a long list of recommendations for drinkers in Britain. This year is an exception to the rule, the guide being on hiatus after a difficult year in the hotel industry.
Drinkers looking for a nice place to sit and have a pint should instead rely on the guide’s recommendations, which are listed on the website. They include full pub reviews, as well as commentary on the food you can find there.
We were amazed to find that although there are 13 long pages full of pubs in Birmingham, only two of them are recommended by the Good Pub Guide. What are we doing wrong?!
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Additionally, only one is in Birmingham city centre, with the second recommended pub being a favorite in Edgbaston. We hope the 2023 guide will be kinder to us! But for now, here’s more on the top two boozers that made the list:
1) The old joint action
4 Temple Row West, B2 5NY
The Old Joint Stock is described by the Good Pub Guide as an “incredibly flamboyant setting for a pint and a pie”. They write: “A Grade II listed building opposite Birmingham Cathedral, with chandeliers hanging from the pink and gold ceiling, softly illuminated busts lining the top of the richly plastered walls and a splendid cupola above the center of the room .
“Photographs of its historic past as a library and the Birmingham Joint Stock Bank line the walls; there’s also a large dining balcony that climbs up a grand staircase. It’s exceptionally well run: the staff remain efficient and friendly, even when busy.
“You’ll find Fullers London Pride, Olivers Island, HSB, Seafarers and a guest or two on the hand pump, Cornish Orchards Gold cider, 17 wines by the glass and 36 gins; background music. The small, colorful rear terrace has seating nicely quirky, tables and heaters.There is a purpose-built theater on the first floor and you can pre-book a two-course pre-theatre meal.
In 2021, the pub was on the Good Pub Guide’s recommended list, also winning a beer award and an award. About the food, the guide wrote: “Popular food (special diets catered for) includes breakfasts plus sandwiches, small or sharing plates, crispy squid with cilantro and chilli jam , savory halloumi fries, Vietnamese spicy chicken wings, black pudding scotch egg, Fullers Frontier breaded haddock goujons, chicken madras, specialty house pies and puddings like chocolate brownie sundae with ice cream with buffalo milk and caramelized apple pie with vanilla cream.
Harborne Road, Edgbaston, B15 3DH
In addition to being recommended in the 2021 awards, the Physician was also recognized for its beer and wine. The Good Food Guide describes it as an ‘imposing white building [that] formerly home to the Birmingham Medical Institute (whose modern headquarters are now across the road), hence its name”.
They wrote: “Friendly, well-trained staff serve a fantastic range of drinks: St Austell Brunning & Price Traditional, Purity Mad Goose and Timothy Taylors Landlord at the hand pump plus three guests, fine cider, 20 wines by the glass, 80 gins, 50 rums and around 40 malt whiskies.
“Brimming with historic grandeur, the high ceilings and large sash windows have been put to good use. Interconnecting areas of all shapes and sizes have leather armchairs in front of open fires, a mix of dining chairs upholstered wooden chairs and companion chairs around sturdy polished tables on bare planks, rugs or carpeting, lots of old prints on pale painted walls, large gilt-edged mirrors and large indoor plants , stone bottles and books on shelves, and lighting that ranges from table lamps to elegant metal chandeliers; ambient music.
“Two rooms can be used for private dining, while the airy garden room overlooks the terraces with their good quality wooden seats and tables under green parasols among flower boxes and flower beds. reduced mobility. The beautiful Birmingham Botanic Gardens are close by.”
Its food has been described as “rewarding”, with the reviewer commenting: “Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options include elevens (served until noon), sandwiches and dishes such as baked camembert with candied walnuts and a celery salad, seared scallops with mashed peas and shredded pork knuckle, planks to share, Malaysian vegetable curry with coconut rice and pak choi, bass fillets with lemon cream, pork tenderloin roast with colcannon potato, entrecote with tarragon butter, mushrooms and fries, and puddings such as lemon cheesecake with raspberry ice cream and sticky caramel pudding with vanilla ice cream.”
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