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The Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

4 Temple Row West
Birmingham
B2 5NY
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Old Joint Stock

Stunning decor - one of the best bank conversions I've seen (although it was actually built as the library for the cathedral in the middle of the green opposite). The island bar layout and very high ceilings mean that there is plenty to see from almost any seat (and you get an interesting view from the rear mezzanine balcony, but this is often roped off). The Club Room (the former manager's office) is located at the back, and signage indicates a dining room and the theatre above, but I've never seen either. Small rear patio. Excellent choice of Fuller's, Gale's and Dark Star real ales from a total of 20 handpumps, with the latter's Planet Hop being in particularly fine form on this occasion (although the usual guests seemed notable by their absence). Only quibbles are that you get charged London prices and it can take some time to get served if you stand at the wrong spot when busy (and it can be very), but well worth a visit just to admire the interior.

On 4th May 2022 - rating: 8
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Rob Hunter left this review about The Old Joint Stock

Visited earlier in the week, and was rather busy at 4:15 on a weekday! I spotted 12 hand pulls at the bar, split across a bank to the front of the bar and another to the right hand side, so had to do a bit of shuffling round to take in the selection. I went for Solar Eclipse by Dark Star, at a rather expensive £2.60 for a half pint. There does appear to be a Fullers connection to the pub, and although on the face of it I don't recall the bar being dominated by their beers, I later discovered that Dark Star are owned by the same parent company as Fullers. No issues with service, despite there being a small wait to get served as you would expect when the pub is busy.

I may well call in again at some point, but probably wouldn't go out of my way to do so.

On 16th December 2021 - rating: 7
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Will Larter left this review about The Old Joint Stock

I love going to the OJS, if only for the architecture and ambience - can't afford to stay long because of the prices. There are (at least) three banks of multiple hand pumps (I didn't walk all the way around the large central bar), with Fullers beers on the five facing upon entry, and a bank of six guests on the next stretch of bar to the right; the Fullers are then repeated on the next corner, and for all I know there are others. (See photos for beers available when I was here.) I had Gales HSB (now a Fullers brand, of course) and Butcombe Rare Breed, both being in top condition if a little on the cold side at first. I sat down in order to recover from paying £4.70 for two halves. Phew! That apart, I enjoyed my visit and would come again - it's about the same distance from the station as the Wellington and the Pint Shop; in fact it would be possible to do all three if taking an hour's break from the train.

On 27th October 2019 - rating: 7
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4th May 2022, 21:46
 
16th Dec 2021, 12:35
Review submitted by Rob Hunter

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 03 December 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 03 December 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 29 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 03 December 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • Darts : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 03 December 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 28 July 2015 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 29 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 03 December 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • Micropub : No last updated 03 December 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • Pinball : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 03 December 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 28 July 2015 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 03 December 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Through rear - last updated 03 December 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 28 July 2015 by hondo .
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