You may be more accustomed to us writing about street food and tasty urban delights but we wanted to give a shout out to a new bar and restaurant now open – The Distillery.
The Distillery has taken over the canal side spot formally housed by the Fiddle and Bone pub on Sheepcote Street. A beautiful setting next to the canal and roundhouse with exposed brick and woodwork throughout; it somewhat neglected to reach its full potential under its previous owners. It certainly has the wow factor now and a lot more gin, including their own batch made Roundhouse gin and a school where you can learn the ropes of gin making and more importantly tasting.
I was lucky enough to try a few dishes on the menu which specialises in robata grill cooking and wood fired pizzas. The shawarmas were served with an array of condiments and dips to make the perfect bite. I particularly enjoyed the smoky and salty Padron peppers reminiscent of sunny trips to Barcelona and the monkfish kebab which was light and fresh with crispy fries; the lamb chops with salsa verde werealso fab. There’s more gin than you can shake a stick at and if the connotations of ‘mother’s ruin’ have put you off, they also have an excellent selection of beers and wine too. The staff were very attentive and are happy to make recommendations on food and drinks so do ask.
The courtyard on the lower level is screaming out for a sunny day to enjoy a cold G&T – a rare sunny gem in the heart of Brum. It’s time to rediscover this side of town and embrace this slick and ginny spot on the canal.