Old Joint Stock
Big bustling Fullers pie-and-ale pub with impressive Victorian façade and interior, and a small back terrace; own theatre
The good pub guide review
This is an impressively flamboyant setting for a pint and a pie ' a Grade II listed building opposite Birmingham Cathedral, with chandeliers hanging from the soaring pink and gilt ceiling, gently illuminated busts lining the top of the ornately plastered walls and a splendid cupola above the centre of the room. Photographs of its historic past as a library and the Birmingham Joint Stock Bank line the walls; there's also a big dining balcony reached up a grand sweeping staircase. It's notably well run: staff remain efficient and friendly, even when it's busy. You'll find Fullers London Pride, Olivers Island, HSB, Seafarers and a guest or two on handpump, Cornish Orchards Gold cider, 17 wines by the glass and 36 gins; background music. The small and colourful back terrace has nicely quirky seats, tables and heaters. There's a purpose-built, first-floor theatre and you can book a two-course pre-theatre meal in advance.
The good pub guide food review
The popular food (special diets catered for) includes breakfasts plus sandwiches, small or sharing plates, crispy squid with coriander and chilli jam, dirty halloumi fries, Vietnamese spicy chicken wings, black pudding scotch egg, Fullers Frontier-battered haddock goujons, chicken madras, speciality home-baked pies, and puddings such as chocolate brownie sundae with buffalo milk ice-cream and caramelised apple pie with vanilla custard.
Old Joint Stock, 4 Temple Row West, Birmingham, West Midlands, B2 5NY
(0121) 200 1892
Pub Group: Fullers