Selfie cocktails & food at The Canal House, Birmingham
Great food & cocktails in Birmingham
Did you know Birmingham has more canals than Venice? 9 more miles to be exact. Along the canal path in the city centre you’ll find an abundance of great food and drink places in Birmingham yet one that’s been on my radar for a while since hearing they are dog friendly is The Canal House who kindly invited me and a guest to experience their new ‘Sip your selfie’ cocktails along with a three-course meal. Having never been before, it was an offer I wasn’t going to refuse…they had me at complimentary cocktails!
The Canal House launched the ‘Sip your Selfie’ in early February and is as far as I know the only place in Birmingham right now giving you the opportunity to enjoy an Espresso martini (£8.95) or a Pornstar martini (£9.95) with your very own face on! Yes, it’s a pricy gimmick but it’s a fun concept and is Instagram worthy so why not for the lol’s. Plus, the cocktail itself tastes pretty darn good, especially the pornstar which is one of my favourite fruity cocktails!
The process of ordering is super easy and quick, simply ask for one and they’ll give you a web link for you to access on your mobile so that you can send your selfie to the machine, which will then like magic create your selfie into the foam of the cocktail, so that you can have a selfie with your selfie!
After a few sips of the cocktail, it was time to get stuck into the food. To start we picked the only two Vegan options from the starter menu, although there are also a few vegan nibbles such as baked kale & sesame seed crisps, vegetable couscous and olives.
I’ve been meaning to get my hands on some rice paper for a while to make my own ‘Gỏi cuốn’ at home, so when I spotted ‘Vietnamese vegetable Rolls’ (£5.50) on the menu served with peanut and chilli pickle I just had to have them. At first, I wasn’t so sure but after a bite or two, I really got into them once I got to the veggies and started dipping.
I also got to try some of my guests ‘Homemade houmous’ (£5.25) with crudités and grilled flatbread. Which was delish!
Whenever there’s a vegan option on a menu I’ll always opt for it over vegetarian as I’m not a fan of cheese nowadays. However, from what I could see there were no vegan mains which is dissapointing since there is two great vegan starters on the menu.
I ended up going for the ‘Butternut squash, Goat’s cheese & mushroom pie’ (£11.75) – understandably there wasn’t an option to have it without goat’s cheese, but I asked just in case. Also, before I realised the gravy was from the rotisserie, I had already poured a little over my food. So, make sure to ask for vegetable gravy if you are vegetarian. Because of this, I didn’t manage to eat all the meal but from what I did eat the food tasted good, the pie was flaky just the way I like it and the generous portion of chips were scrumptious.
My partner had the ‘Crispy halloumi burger’ (£10.95) with tomato, red onion, rocket and properly seasoned chips and thoroughly enjoyed it with it being crispy.
The ‘Baked chocolate chip cookie dough’ (£4.95) served warm with salted caramel ice cream and toffee sauce was my dessert of choice and it did not disappoint it was deliciously gooey. While my partner went for the ‘Chocolate and peanut butter pudding’ (£4.95) with lime and banana jam which he enjoyed, especially the crumbly topping however he said he didn’t get any hint of lime.
Overall, we had a lovely evening the food & drinks were good especially the atmosphere and service, we both agreed we would go back.
Since opening during the summer of 2017, The Canal House has become a popular venue to many. With its charming rustic interiors, statement chandeliers made of recycled glassware, a balcony overlooking the canal and beer garden making it the perfect escape for summer lunch breaks and with your furry companions at the weekend. But even when the sun’s not shining (which is pretty much all the time!) The Canal House offers a cosy atmosphere and a hearty menu to enjoy with friends on chilly evenings.
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Disclaimer: Complimentary three course meal with drinks for two. All photos and words are my own.