This heritage building in the elegant suburb of Edgbaston was recently refurbished and repurposed into a welcoming pub and restaurant. Formerly the Birmingham Medical Institute, the venue has been given a full dose of the gastropub treatment, with £2.4 million lavished on bringing the historic spot back to life.
The bar is large and impressive, as are the fully functional fireplaces installed to ramp up the hygge factor at this cosy new venue. As well as two dining rooms for private events, The Physician features a courtyard garden and an orangery, ideal for a wander when the weather is better.
The food is seriously high-end pub grub, with starters including chicken liver pate with rhubarb chutney (£6.25), and seared scallops with crab and lemon fritters (£10.95) on the menu. Think heart but sophisticated comfort foods like slow cooked ox cheek Bourguignon with horseradish and roast carrots.
Real ales and lagers from the region and beyond are available on tap and in bottle, along with wines, spirits and mulled cider in winter. Bar snacks and light bites push the boat out, boasting refined options like asparagus, pea and goat’s cheese quiche (£8.95). The location is close to cocktail bar The Edgbaston and gastropub The High Field, making it an ideal stop on a tour of Edgbaston’s key spots.