The Church

The Church, gastropub Birmingham JQ One of Birmingham’s most beautiful pubs, dating back well over 100 years, The Church was treated with utmost respect when it was refurbished in 2013. Preserved stained glass windows marry seamlessly with contemporary lighting and leather-furnished booths to evoke both heritage and sophistication.

A well-stocked bar (the rum selection is first rate) is bolstered by stunning New Orleans-inspired grub from The Soul Food Project, one of the most exciting cookery collectives working in the city. Try the jambalaya, it’s heavenly. Cocktail-wise, The Last Bison is the way to go for vodka lovers and the Mint Julep is the standout if you’re bourbon-inclined. And in the summer, you can enjoy all these goodies up on the sunny roof terrace.

Expect friendly Jewellery Quarter locals and the city types that are willing to travel for a good drink. That’s a rarity in this town and they should be embraced. Not literally.

Best Bars tip: If you’re a whisky lover, head down for Whisky Wednesdays when you’ll get 20% off of the good stuff.

— Tom Cullen

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