The Canal House – James Brindley Pub Birmingham REVIEW

AD – I was extremely excited and honoured to be invited to a VIP night at The Canal House on Bridge Street Birmingham. The James Brindley Pub has been refurbished to bring a taste of history and heritage to the city by the people behind The Botanist.

I have barely been out in the last 18 months, having a 10 month old, so could not wait!

lights in the canal house Birmingham

What Can You Expect The Canal House?

As quoted from online:

“Step into Brindley’s residence, begin a journey of old meets new and relive the stories of days gone by. As we redefine the legacy of an 18th century icon in 21st century fashion.”

And specifically:

  • 60 Ales to choose from
  • An amazing cocktail menu
  • An exquisite menu with some delicious options, including hanging kebabs, a deli board and a rotisserie
  • Live music every night
  • An amazing atmosphere and historic decor

Our Experience

I was invited alongside two of my friends to come and sample the delights the Canal House had to offer. We were all really impressed.

We started the evening with a canal boat ride and to the Canal House and sampled some ales along the way.

waterfront walk sign. and girl

two girl.s drinking ale on a barge

the canal house Birmingham

We were invited inside after stepping off the boat and immediately I was impressed with the atmosphere. Dim lighting, really quirky, cool decor and friendly bar staff.

James brindley pub bar

Cocktails were on the menu to start and there were a wide range of choices, including some smoky varieties. It took me ages to choose! It was fab watching them be made, whilst chatting at the bar. Alcoholic cocktails started at £6.75, virgin choices at £4.50. There has been some real historic thought gone in categorising and naming the drinks.

cocktail

mojito

We were then taken upstairs to a bright and airy room to our table. Live music was playing as we sat down to sample the menu. It was brilliant! I loved the wooden slats, the plants and the lighting. The chandeliers were made from old bottles and glasses; so original and eye catching.

decor at the canal house Birmingham

James brindley pub Birmingham

wine at the canal house Birmingham

girl dining

The menu was full of delicious options, with nibbles such as bread and olives, pork cracking and baked kale. Mains included a fab deli board with so many options, very similar to ordering tapas. You could choose 4 for £10.95 and options included houmous, crudites and dip, hand carved honey mustard ham, smoked beans and lamb meatballs, cooked mini chorizo…the list goes on.

We chose some of these.

starters at the canal house Birmingham

vegetable starters

starters at the canal house Birmingham

And we had to try one of the hanging kebabs, either chicken, salmon, pork and halloumi with chips or sweet potato fries. I chose chicken and it was fab: so tasty and tender.

girl photographing kebab

We chose a fabulous cookie dough pudding with ice-cream which I didn’t get the best shot of (it was getting pretty dark) but it was amazing. We washed that down with a good English brew.

dessert at the canal house Birmingham

Overall Thoughts

We had a brilliant night. It was an awesome place to meet up with friends or perhaps have a date night. There is something for everything; a varied menu which caters for different tastes and appetites. A vast variety of ales and ciders, good wines and fabulous cocktails. The service was really good and they could not do enough for you. Everything was served with a smile!

I would definitely hope to go back and you should try it!

two girls admiring the decor canal house Birmingham

girl drinking a cocktail

Disclosure – I was invited to The Canal House to sample their food and drinks free of charge. I was not asked to provide a review in exchange for this but have done so due to being so impressed.

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