Jekyll and Hyde agree for once - this place is worth a visit
Under the deep red brickwork of looming buildings including Birmingham Magistrate Court, a purple landmark may catch your eye - the Jekyll & Hyde. Step inside and you'll soon become acquainted with the familiarity of a pub cleverly combined with the variety and spirit of a bar; all with a peculiar Victorian twist. Throw in a Gin Parlour upstairs for good measure and you've got a criminally fine mix.
With carefully made and flavorsome beverages in jars, teacups, watering cans, and sometimes glasses, you'll be transported to a land of strange characters, diverse colours and regal canines whether you're consuming any liquor or not. Yet, this is not a pretentious place - far from it. There are friendly staff serving all kinds of drink, satisfying, gourmet pub grub and a glimmering dimness to the bar area. The walls are adorned with the framed portraits of rather well-to-do beasts and outside, the charming patio area is Alice in Wonderland themed, with painted artwork on the walls from top to bottom. It's not a huge place but it is different; and with so many chains dominating the pub and bar scene there's something satisfying about finding an independently owned gem on your doorstep.
My investigative studies tell me that the Gin Parlour is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, when you can sample a number of specially created cocktails and enjoy the fine dining cuisine on offer (check out the gallery photos and menu on the website if you need any convincing). The area is also available for cocktail courses, birthdays or any general excuse for a 'knees up.'
Not to be forgotten, there is a more than enticing food menu for those wishing to quash their rumbling stomachs. Available from12-2pm and again from 5pm there's a good selection on offer ranging from light bites to substantial plate fillers. Of the selection of gourmet sandwiches to choose from, the 5-spice marinated pulled pork on toasted brioche with BBQ sauce and coleslaw caught my eye. It's on the lunch menu and is just £6 including a bottle of Carlsberg, glass of wine or a soft drink. Splash out an extra £1.50 and you get a scoop of sweet potato fries along with it.
The cocktail list is a splendid one. Not too long so overwhelming, but with plenty of options to keep you occupied and coming back for another indulgence. The first six or so are inspired by classic Victorian sweets, with the Turkish Delight, Pear Drops and Love Hearts tried and tested winners (as you can imagine that was hard work). The lower part of the menu is saved for gin-based delights. They're all made with high quality ingredients and, trust me when I say; they go down very well indeed.
With £4 cocktails between 4-7pm weekdays and (even better) all day Saturday, please don't blame me if you wake up the next day feeling a little worse for wear. Really though, forget I mentioned it. We all need a little more 'carpe diem' thinking in our lives and when you're drinking delicious cocktails out of teacups, why would you be thinking of anything but the delightful present.