Canal House, Bridge Street

From the clever sticks behind The Botanist comes Canal House and boy is it in a beautiful spot. Tucked alongside its neighbour the Hyatt and opposite Bistrot Pierre, the building has been lovingly restored and packs a visual punch.

Showcasing the city’s canal-side views, the space both inside and out defies its city centre location and on a sunny day it would be an idyllic spot. Clearly the interior designers at New World Trading company enjoy a kooki colourful chandelier and why not? The space is characterful and rustic. We like.

Beer and cocktails are a thing. The other half plumped for a Spaten Munchen Munich beer which went down a treat while a Langley’s G&T with basil, pepper and grapefruit was delicious. Gin and basil was a new combo to us that we’ll be repeating. The grapefruit was missing, but our waitress put that right sharpish. There’s a house gin distilled on the premises plus you can take away beer packs and try a few of the specialist brews at home.

The food menu is similar to The Botanist with the hanging kebab and rotisserie featuring heavily. A dreamy chicken, bacon and sweetcorn soup to start was autumnal and warming served with a cute mini loaf. The roasted Romero peppers with goat’s cheese and quinoa was just bland. Nuff said.

A hanging chicken kebab with mushrooms, onion and peppers had garlic butter poured over it at the table which oozed on to the fries beneath. It felt pretty indulgent, but tasted great. The flavour of a chicken burger in brioche bun with peppers and avocado was super, but – and it’s a big but – the chicken breast was dry which was a real shame because it could have been fantastic. A side of kale with mange tout, roasted tomatoes and French beans was unexpectedly moreish and probably the star of the show. Well, it’s a toss up between that and a dreamboat of a dessert. Warm gooey cookie dough with chocolate and salted caramel ice cream was just a stunner. It was served in a skillet with more than enough for two people.

Coffee was served in beautiful vintage style espresso cups with cute butterfly handles which we’re currently trying to source on the world wide web. Any tips are most welcome. Checkout a pic @brum_living on Instagram and you’ll understand. In short Canal House is worth a visit. The ambience is lively, location is stunning, drinks are great, food is okay and the service is impeccable.

Canal House, 12 Bridge Street, Birmingham B1 2JR. Tel: 0121 643 8829 thecanalhouse.uk.com