Bar named UK’s ‘town pub of year’ by guide

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A POP­U­LAR city cen­tre wa­ter­ing hole has been named Town Pub of the Year by the 2019 Good Pub Guide.

The Old Joint Stock, which over­looks Birm­ing­ham Cathe­dral, has been handed the pres­ti­gious ti­tle by the in­de­pen­dent an­nual travel guide which lists the UK’s best pubs.

The pub is housed in the grade II-listed for­mer Joint Stock Bank in Tem­ple Row West and even has its own small theatre up­stairs which reg­u­larly hosts plays and other live per­for­mances.

The judg­ing panel cited the pub’s lively at­mos­phere, flam­boy­ant in­te­rior, all-day pop­u­lar food and theatre as the rea­sons it took the top spot.

Owned by brew­ery Fuller’s, it was con­verted into a pub in the 1990s with the theatre added in 2006.

Gen­eral man­ager Paul Ban­croft said: “My team and I are de­lighted to pick up such a pres­ti­gious award.”

The Old Joint Stock is one of sev­eral for­mer banks in Birm­ing­ham city cen­tre now hous­ing bars and cafés.

Lost & Found, Cosy Club and The Briar Rose, all in Ben­netts Hill, were once home to Na­tional Pro­vin­cial Bank, Mid­land Bank and Com­mer­cial Union As­sur­ance re­spec­tively while the old HSBC in Col­more Row is now Pret a Manger.

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