Substantial, extended pub with plenty of drinking and dining space, super drinks, interesting food and friendly atmosphere; seats outside
The good pub guide review
This imposing white building was once home to the Birmingham Medical Institute (whose modern headquarters are now across the road) ' hence its name. Friendly, well trained staff serve a fantastic range of drinks: St Austell Brunning & Price Traditional, Purity Mad Goose and Timothy Taylors Landlord on handpump plus three guests, proper cider, 20 wines by the glass, 80 gins, 50 rums and around 40 malt whiskies. Oozing historical grandeur, the high ceilings and big sash windows have been used to great effect. The interlinked areas of all shapes and sizes have leather armchairs in front of open fires, a medley of cushioned wooden dining chairs and mate's chairs around polished solid tables on bare boards, rugs or carpet, lots of old prints on pale-painted walls, large gilt-edged mirrors and big house plants, stone bottles and books on shelves, and lighting that ranges from table lamps to elegant metal chandeliers; background 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 blooming tubs and flowerbeds. Disabled access. Birmingham's lovely Botanical Gardens are nearby.
The good pub guide food review
Rewarding food with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options includes elevenses (served until noon), sandwiches and dishes such as baked camembert with candied walnuts and celery salad, pan-fried scallops with pea purée and shredded ham hock, sharing boards, Malaysian vegetable curry with coconut rice and pak choi, sea bass fillets with lemon cream sauce, roast pork tenderloin with colcannon potato, rib-eye steak with tarragon butter, mushrooms and chips, and puddings such as lemon cheesecake with raspberry ripple ice-cream and sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice-cream.
Physician, Harborne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3DH
(0121) 272 5900
Pub Group: Brunning & Price