The Old Joint Stock is an amazing pub with a built in mini theatre on the upper levels. The decor alone is one of the most stunning interiors in Birmingham; with its new romantic ceiling paintings and roman style busts dotted around the top of the walls, to its crystal chandelier hanging above the bar.
The building once was a bank and its grand design has been kept intact. The bar situated in the middle of the first floor is always well staffed and despite how busy it is. I've never waited a long time to get served. Beers wine and a lot of imported ales on tap mean there is always something new to try.
On Sunday's they have a live jazz band playing and they are amazing. They give the whole building a great atmosphere; I guess the acoustics of an old bank must be top end. Whether you are standing and watching or sitting at your table in mid conversation you'll find your self-moving to the smooth jazz beats without even realising.
The theatre on the second floor is treated with the same love the bar is, there's always something on and often smaller independent theatre companies will be here doing warm up shows before tours.
Food has a a strong British pride vibe, any beef and pies on offer here won't let you down. Helpings are a big deal for me, I'm a hungry young lad and this place has made me so happy every time I've been there with its generous portions. The prices are around the £10 per head mark but it's justified in its quality.
A great place for a group of friends; or colleges. The surroundings are sure to inspire great conversation.
Theatre AND Pub?
My lord is there anything more perfect?
It is actually a Fullers pub, which while a chain is one of the better ones out there for maintaining a pubs soul, not to mention stocking the best non-alcoholic beer, bitburger.
There's high ceilings inside, ample seating and a nice big bar. Random stone busts decorate the tall arched windows, bringing the old into the new.
There was nothing on in the theatre when I went - on a bank holiday they're missing a trick there - but we did have a sneaky peek into the auditorium which is a cosy 80 odd seater studio space. Reading the various paraphernalia I can see it has its own Musical Theatre company - exciting.
The pub side is very popular and buzzing with life and people. It tries to push its pies - not a pie person myself, so spending £10 on a pie is a bit to mad.
Just a stones throw away from New Street and opposite the beautiful St Phillips it's in a great location.
Pub known for its pie and ale housed in a former bank. The interior is wonderful. There is also a theatre upstairs.
Food very mediocre. I've had two bad experiences as a vegetarian here. The first was supposed to be a ravioli but was more like floury pierogi. The second - bangers and mash with mash so mustardy it was very difficult to eat.
Summary: Go for a drink and admire the interior. Don't eat the food.
A typically Victorian building, the Old Joint Stock seems out of place in Birmingham's business district alongside Colmore Row, but do not let this deter you from what is a fantastic pub.
Despite the relatively old features, the Old Joint Stock manages to provide a fairly modern atmosphere, with the large bar, consisting of countless draught points, ensuring that you're never waiting long for your pint(or whatever you decide to drink).
Due to its location, the pub attracts a large amount of business men/women, who if anything aid the friendly atmosphere of the place. A great choice for a large group of friends, with a small, yet pleasant outdoor area for those who fancy a drink in the sun (for now).
The food here is fairly average, although I saw burger after burger brought to different tables over the course of my stay, which in all honesty made me want to try a burger, a story for another day perhaps.
Overall, the Old Joint Stock is brilliant pub and definitely worth a visit. Unlike many other pubs in the surrounding area, the large layout promotes that of a locals local, but it couldn't be any further from the case, welcoming all people who choose to head on in. 100% recommended.
Literally in and out as we couldnt find a table on a saturday afternoon but I would like to go back. Looks a wonderfully impressive building inside!
This nice pub, with it's very high ceiling, classical decor and lighting is the perfect place to visit with friends. The ambiance and atmosphere here is very different to many other pubs and one which pleases tastefully.
They offer good food and even curry, and although seating booths are available, it's best to sit by the large windows.
You do have a bit of an echo in here, due to the large space, but the service is very very friendly, and the interior is very beautiful being a former bank.
This is also famous locally for it's Ale and Pie menu, so if you do get a chance to visit, I would recommend this pub.
Again one of those joints that's extremely popular after 5pm with local city workers clocking up the hours in here, but also quite popular on the weekends, and many local Birmingham and West Midland residents visit here occasionally.
The Old Joint Stock is the only Fullers pub north of Bristol! That fact alone should convince any right-minded real ale fan to visit. Other than that it's probably the most beautiful pub in Birmingham, converted as it is from an impressive old bank. From the outside it's like no real ale pub you've ever seen, with huge roman-esque columns, and a huge front door. Inside the ceiling is two storeys high, and elaborately decorated.
The 360 degree bar is itself in the centre of the room, and it quite a work of art in of itself.
So anyway, back to the beer. The only real ale they serve is naturally Fullers, but they have quite a wide range within that scope. The place is actually a "Fullers Pie & Ale House", and I can vouch for their pies being top-notch.
The two major problems with the place are
a) it's quite expensive (a pint will set you back £3, pie&chips £8)
b) it gets very busy around work-leaving hours. Because of it's central location it also attracts a lot of your typical city-financial-business types.
Out the back there is a tiny beer garden, but if it's a ncie day you won't get a table, so it's kinda useless, except for the fact that you can walk through to the Wellington - a much more basic real ale pub, but with a far greater selection of ales :)
One of the most impressive pub interiors I have ever seen, The Old Joint Stock is a refurbished former bank located right on the square around St. Philips Cathedral. Eternally well attended, you will usually find the place full of suit-wearing businesspeople and well-to-do middle aged couples.
The drinks selection is excellent, and the food is of a high standard. If you're in the mood for somewhere cheap, however, The Old Joint Stock is not the pub you are looking for.
I would whole-heartedly recommend this as a place for after-works or lunchtime drinks, although you may want to get someone to arrive early and get a table, as it fills up quickly once the nearby workforce knocks off for the evening.
The OJS has a really impressive interior - being a former bank it's huge, and yet still manages to be welcoming, with polished brass and gleaming wooden tables.
Well staffed, with an excellent range of Fullers ales (I particularly like Blue Moon, made with Valenica oranges and served with a slice of orange) and tasty, homely food, it's no surprise this city centre pub is always busy.
A great place for beers and food with friends, highly recommended.
I do like the Old Joint Stock. The other reviewers can fill you in on its history, but I'll just add to the voices saying that it's excellent food (pies heartily recommended), nice beer and you definitely pay for quality. Avoid it between 5 and 7 because it's full of city blokes drinking after work, but it's a fantastic venue with a lot of character.
Amazing interior and a good range of ales. However, it is often very busy and full of suit types - expect to stand.
I have to say I was very disappointed with the bar staff recently who seemed to do a great job at ignoring us and serving everyone else around us! It got so ridiculous we got fed up and left.
...however, If you DO get served and manage to find a seat, then enjoy!
Fantastic old style pub and is perfect for Sunday Lunch.
The layout of the pub is slightly strange, with the bar in the middle and a small number of tables round the outside. But everything is so gorgeously styled you can forgive it for being a little out of the ordinary.
The food is excellent and there is something to suit everyone and with a large range of beers available it is a very good place to expand your beer horizons!
However, it is quite expensive and popular so at times you can't find anywhere to stand let alone sit so timing your visit is crucial, don't turn up just after working hours!!
Well you don't get many pub interiors like this though there are some in Edinburgh that come to mind . Its a Fullers pub and the beer is generally well kept but expensive and service can be poor but overall its a good pub .
The Old Joint Stock is the Victorian jewel in the Colmore Business District crown. Housed in a bank built in 1864, it is quite simply one of the most beautiful pubs I have ever stepped foot in. It is like drinking inside a really fancy wedding cake, or so I imagine. The gilded ceiling rises to a stunning dome and classical busts gaze down at drinkers from their pedestals on high. Chandeliers shine onto the intricately crafted coving and swags of tasseled velvet hanging at the windows. The central bar is a masterpiece in carved dark wood, with a handy clock at its heart. It is all very plush, but don't let the fancy surroundings put you off. The Old Joint Stock is one of the city centre's friendliest pubs.
The after work crowd is distinctly testosterone heavy, this probably has something to do with the fine ales on offer. Men in suits stand around with pints in their hands, they are probably all talking about rugby, shares or something of a similar ilk. Later in the evening, everything mellows out and the gender balance returns.
The food is typical pub fayre, with an emphasis on pies and British comfort food. It really is the perfect pub to visit after a hectic day of shopping or exploring the city.
I loved the joint stock pub, I was amazed at architecture inside, we actually came to visit little theatre upstairs, great evening would reccomend.
The Joint Stock serves extremely nice food but can be very pricey drinks wise. It also has a large selection of real Ale and wines. The place is always buzzing after work and at weekends and it can be hard to find a seat so be prepared to stand alot of the time!
Five stars for the interior decor/architecture only. Pint of Peroni and pint of Fullers came to nearly £9! Didnt eat as seems pricey. Staff not very welcoming or helpful. Worth a visit for the interior only.
Yes it is a great looking pub, but I got chucked out for wearing a football top. Very expensive, but it's a nice place to take a woman. Nip through the back to the Wellie!!
packed on a fri 22 Jan evening but found a table and ordered the pie tasting plate £12.95 with 2 bottles of aspinalls rose cider yummo food of the gods pies were great 5 very small puff pastry mouthfuls mash was nice couldnt quite decide if it was instant but covered in gravy was acceptable we were getting some envious looks as we were munching the lamb and red pepper was a fave and the steak and ale very nice good staffing levels would be nice to while away a sund brunch their with the papers just people watching if you were in town very good enjoyed it
if you are visiting this winter try the marvellous Casseroles for two, great value and enough to feed three. lovely ornate interior.
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