IMG_1799I reported on 17 February, that one of the very few canal side pubs in Birmingham was to re-open on 1 March…and so it has.

A £650,000 refurbishment by Sherborne Wharf in partnership with the CRT has been completed, and what a gem for Birmingham canals is the new Fiddle & Bone Pub!

I was invited, among other supporters, for an eve-of-opening sampling of the hostelry thus preparing the staff for the next day and testing the operation of the bar and kitchens.

The pub offers something  very different for local city residents and a truly canal side pub for the many boaters who visit the “city of canals”.

A grade 2 listed building dating back to the 1880’s, it is situated in Sheepcote Street and lies alongside the BCN Mainline canal near Brindleyplace.

As a boater you will surely have passed by the splendid cluster of arched buildings and hoped that they would soon be resurrected for visiting boaters mooring around Brindleyplace and Gas Street. Now you can wine, dine, replenish your water, pump out, refuel and listen to live music.

Whilst the previous structure and decor have been retained to preserve the pub’s historical character, the inside has been very well refurbished and shines like the proverbial new pin. Very impressive!

Below are some photos of the event which show what a super job has been made of the restoration.

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