May 11, 2018
Raise your hands and give thanks for the haven that is The Church. The recently rejuvenated pub in the historic Jewellery Quarter has been a given a new lease of life thanks to Birmingham’s Soul Food Project, the interior refreshed and the menu reworked to feature dishes with more than a dash of Louisiana to them. Big Easy style cocktails and Southern-style charm are the order of the day and their cocktail list now features New Orleans favourites like the Sazaerac, the Mint Julep and the Vieux Carre alongside more contemporary classics like the Breakfast Martini and the Blood and Sand. We like the sound of the Smoked Kimbo a mix of vodka, Chambord, apple juice and Islay single malt and we reckon the Ron Phil, which blends rye with rosemary, cream and peanut butter, sounds like the very best kind of decadence. There’s a compact, well-priced wine list too along with a wide range of spirits with an emphasis on whiskeys, bourbons and ryes. And they still serve ale if that’s all you’re after. The food menu is similarly Southern in influence, featuring dishes like Jambalaya, Gumbo and warming Mutton Hash alongside burgers, cornbread, hush puppies and hot wings. Their rib nights are kind of epic and they host regular live music events.