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The Canal House, Birmingham
Graham Clark, Features Writer
The Canal House
Apparently Birmingham has more canals than Venice, which is a fact that I never knew and probably explains why The Canal House, a new pub and restaurant in the city looks out onto one of the many city's waterways.

Opened late last summer The Canal House is owned by the same team behind The Botanist chain. The situation of this new concept lends itself to perfect al fresco dining in the summer. The theme is inspired by the 18th century canal engineer, James Brindley.

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It looks like they have tried to keep the original features with a touch of 21st century comfort added. Split on 2 levels the main bar area of the upper floor did remind me of a ship's galleon.

With an open kitchen and a warm atmosphere the food has had some very good reports since they opened.

The menu is a mix of Rotisserie, a Deli Board, a Grill section, Grilled Flatbread sandwiches and what they call their Famous Hanging Kebabs. From what I saw of the hanging kebabs you looked to get more than you do at The Botanist.

Farmhouse Loaf and gravy
A favourite seems to be the Farmhouse Loaf served with gravy made from the rotisserie chicken. Priced at £3.95 it seemed an unusual combination - until you try it. The small Farmhouse Loaf is served hot with a side of butter and the whole dish tasted sublime.

My partner went for the Whitebait which was crispy and excellent, again priced at £3.95 it was a filling dish.

Baked Camembert
The Baked Camembert was like being back in France, a good quality Normandy Camembert which the President brand seem to excel in. This French market leader did not disappoint.

Rotisserie Chicken and Ham Terrine
My partner's Rotisserie Chicken and Ham Terrine was firm with plenty of chicken and full of character.

My Lancashire Cheese Burger might have tasted even better with a piece of melted Yorkshire Wensleydale in there but the burgers were of good quality. Priced at £9.95 the fries were an extra at £3.95.

Lancashire Cheese Burger
My partner went for the Roast Pork at £7.95. Although presented nicely, the pork tasted processed and it was hard to distinguish if you were eating pork, chicken or a tender piece of turkey. It seemed disappointing after the high quality of the rest of the meal.

Baked Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Desserts of Sticky Toffee Pudding and Baked Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough served with salted caramel ice cream and toffee sauce were both gooey, sweet but ultimately satisfying. Both are priced at £5.95.

The Americano coffee is served either as a single or double, but they could do with getting some smaller coffee cups as the single is served in a large pot beaker and it lost that pure rich coffee taste you get with an Americano coffee.

Service was attentive, friendly and speedy. They even had live music on the Saturday night of our visit.

It felt like you were dining somewhere out of the usual run of the mill place as it had a rustic charm and the overall experience was good.

The Canal House, 12 Bridge Street, Birmingham B1 2JR
Telephone: 0121 643 8829
www.canalhouse.uk.com

The Canal House, Birmingham, 16th January 2018, 9:35 AM