In news released today, the Good Pub Guide 2017 recognises Old Joint Stock as one of the country's finest pubs.
The guide lists some 5,000 pubs by county, but Old Joint Stock is the only Birmingham pub given a main entry.
The counties listed do not include West Midlands; Birmingham is classed as Warwickshire by the guide.
Located on Temple Row West in Birmingham city centre, Old Joint Stock also houses a small theatre.
The historically grand interiors and terraced outdoor space both contributed to its place in the guide.
Old Joint Stock is described in the Good Pub Guide 2017 thus:
"Big bustling Fullers pie-and-ale pub with impressive Victorian façade and interior, and a small back terrace. Even when packed to the gunnels (which it always is at peak times), the efficient staff here manage to remain friendly and helpful."
General manager Paul Bancroft told us:
"For us it's quite special. Everyone recognises the guide as a mark of quality and we regard ourselves as a quality pub."
Asked whether more Birmingham pubs should be included, he said:
"I think everyone has the opportunity to be able to go into it. If other venues around the city wanted to make a point of getting into it, they could."
The Good Pub Guide also singled out two Solihull area pubs for praise.
The White Lion (Hampton-in-Arden) and Malt Shovel (Barston) were both praised for their selections of beers, good food and great atmosphere.
The Good Pub Guide is in its 35th year. The annual compilation features pubs from across the United Kingdom and is published by Ebury Press.
Posted by Ahmed Ahmed