This 18th century building has a new lease of life as Birmingham’s latest must-visit bar restaurant. We were treated to an early look at the recently regenerated The Canal House.
We Brummies are rather fond of our canals; you might have heard, just once or twice, that our city has more of them than Venice. So where better to relax with a drink? Situated on Bridge Street, near Gas Street Basin, The Canal House is a loving homage to the spirit of James Brindley, and Birmingham’s engineering heritage.
The main bar area is warm and intimate, furnished with little touches of antiquity which nod to the building’s historic origins. But the star of the show is the restaurant’s light and airy upper floor, complete with large windows overlooking the canals, and eye-catching chandeliers made from all kinds of bric-a-brac, from old clocks to empty bottles.
The cocktail menu is separated into themed pages such as The Atrium and The Engine Room, encompassing everything from floral concoctions made with gin distilled on the premises, to harder whiskey, brandy and absinthe-laced mixes. Fancy something warming in a quite literally wood-smoked glass? No problem.
The menu offers up a delicious array of shareable bites; fried whitebait, kale crisps and pork scratchings all hit the spot, but the star is undoubtedly the freshly baked bread and chicken gravy — a delicious and deeply comforting accompaniment to your pre-dinner drinks. And that’s all before you even get to the Starters section, which includes mouth-watering options such as baked camembert, duck rillettes, and pork and black pudding fritters.
The rest of the menu is divided up into sections such as Deli Boards, Hanging Kebabs, Rotisserie, Grill, and Flatbread Sandwiches, as well as a whole spread of sides like sweet potato fries, Waldorf salad, and chargrilled corn on the cob. And whatever you do, save room for afters; specifically, the sticky toffee pudding, or baked cookie dough with salted caramel ice cream. And then another cocktail, of course.
With delicious food, incredibly moreish cocktails, and a fantastic, friendly team on deck, The Canal House is the ideal venue for a special occasion — or even just the perfect destination for a few drinks after a Sunday afternoon walk along the water.