I recently enjoyed an impromptu drink at Canalside and meal out at The Pitcher & Piano in Brindley Place Birmingham. A pub/restaurant I had visited before for drinks only as mentioned on my Dog Friendly Birmingham post. A hot Brum day required somewhere to eat, drink and be merry outside.
My first choice venue The Canal House was very busy and no outside seating so crossed the footbridge across Gas Street Basin to try CanalSide Cafe for the first time.
The Canalside cafe was serving drinks only so grabbed an outside seat and enjoyed a refreshing HopHouse13 while considering where to eat. A shame they were not serving food as have only heard great things about their offerings. It was a pleasure sitting out though overlooking the canal and drink was very welcome after hiking from further down the canal.
The inside is a cosy place with nice looking furniture and an unique feel to the place. The menu looked interesting and have earmarked it for a lunch out on a future visit. There were many options for drinks including lager, real ale, IPA and some draught ciders.
Feeling refreshed, my mission was to find somewhere to eat outside, a challenge on such a hot evening.
Pitcher & Piano
Not too far away The Pitcher and Piano had a few seats on the canal side so picked a nice table and was promptly greeted by a waitress. Drinks were ordered from the extensive drinks menu, Aspall cider caught my eye as I had enjoyed on a recent visit to The Pig & Tail.
For starters we opted for the Salt & Vinegar Fish goujons with a pea and mint dip and a feta cheese bruschetta. Both were tasty and wet the appetite for the imminent main course.
For mains a barbecue and pulled beef burger with fries and my fellow diner opted for the salmon fillet with a warm new potato, basil pesto and semi-dried tomato salad. Both were tasty and good value IMO.
This place has jumped onto the return list, I like the concept of outside table service while drinking rather than queuing at bars then navigating back outside.
The interior of the restaurant was nice too, comfortable and contemporary in design, a place for a cosy drink or meal out.