Saint Pauls House might be situated at the heart of Birmingham’s ever-expanding food and drink scene, but this restaurant with rooms feels more like a charming countryside-retreat than your usual city centre destination. Overlooking the leafy Saint Paul’s Square, Saint Pauls House looks as though it’s been plucked from the rural world and dropped into the busy city; its exquisite Georgian facade, columned entrance and neatly framed windows juxtaposes against the modern office blocks and industrial buildings just a few streets away.
But Saint Pauls House is far from quaint and traditional. Step inside and you’re transported into a stylish and contemporary spot with its clean exposed brick walls, modern-vintage furniture and intricate lighting displays. The space is well thought through to create a casual and relaxed atmosphere, whilst retaining a degree of sophistication and glamour.
The menu enforces this contemporary environment, and stands against the confines of fine-dining. Don’t expect to see stuffy set courses or unpronounceable dishes here; Saint Pauls House kicks in with a straightforward yet perfectly executed list of eats, including tequila and lime chicken wings, 8oz rib eye steaks with all your favourite sides, and a beautiful seafood linguine. Everything’s served with a generous portion size whilst retaining an eye for detail in its presentation.
While you’re there, you’re going to want to get in on their cocktail menu too. They’ve gone a bit avant-garde with the cocktail line-up, replacing classic cocktails with their team’s unique creations. We can’t stop ordering the Kentucky Monk: a decedent blend of Bulliet bourbon, Benedictine, peach purée, lemon juice and black walnut bitters. Then there’s the Gin Genie for gin lovers: Tanqueray gin, pineapple juice, apple juice, cinnamon syrup and lemon juice. You’re going to dig them.
If there’s one place that’s showcasing what modern dining is all about, then Saint Pauls House is it; all the thrills and none of the fuss, Saint Pauls House’s combination of well-loved eats and quality cocktails makes it a winner in our books.