25 January 2014

The Jekyll and Hyde: Victorian Gin Parlour - Birmingham

I love Gin! I wanted to do something different for I don't make enough time to be a cultured soul, I always choose a night out on the tiles compared to a darling meal out that doesn't end so shamelessly! After seeing a link on Twitter I booked a table at the Jekyll and Hyde, a charming Victorian Pub and Gin Parlour that caught my eye for the right reasons!

Reporting for our 7:30 pm reservations we took our seats, I must admit that we were bewildered and quite amazed by the bar within the quaint Gin Parlour for the vast amount of Gin's that were on display were quite amazing! Like I previously mentioned I had first seen The Gin Parlour at the Jekyll and Hyde from a tweet so I had high expectations for the Gin as I can't get enough of the stuff, being a student its quite rare to see one of our kind having a Gordon's Gin and a mixer for pre-drinks! Anyhow, I still couldn't get over the bar, for the presentation was second to none!  The bar downstairs was abuzz but that wan't our intended location, for we wanted the Gin Parlour! Our servers Kate and Kathryn both knew their stuff when it came to Gin and the different variations for the speciality brews and cocktails, that's what I call perfect product knowledge! Kelly would agree with me on that view.

We decided to dine and drink that night for it would have been rude not to have done any different! Should we have a bathtub of Gin first or should of we ordered a speciality cocktail? I had seen many photos of the fancy Gin drinks that I wanted to try, but on a student budget it's always a challenge! I must say that I would have never expected a place so grand to be located with Birmingham's Business District but I guess Birmingham has many hidden depths! Brum is best! I shall be turning to Twitter for any future dining inspiration, those twittering blue birds have been tweeting the right stuff! Book in advance to secure your table at Jekyll and Hyde because things can get really busy on a Friday and Saturday night. I always thought I knew Birmingham better than I did before I found out about Jekyll & Hyde's Victorian Gin Parlour but the rest has already been done. I wouldn't mind another Gin infused drink like I had at Jekyll & Hyde, I'll always love Gin! Don't be a fool!

Our first Gin infusion had to be a bathtub of Gin, captured to the right was our first wondrous serving at the Jekyll & Hyde. Madame Genevers Bathwater was served in a darling ceramic bathtub, it was a sight that neither me or Kelly had ever seen before! Our bathtub sharer was laden with a infusion of Bole Genevers Gin, Apricot Jam, Peach Schnapps, Rose Water and Lemon Juice. We had barely thought about ordering any food yet so we took some time to take the plunge, enjoying each glass of our sumptuous Gin sharer! Only costing £25.00, so we split the price to £12.50 each so our student loans weren't damaged. My experience at the Jekyll & Hyde Victorian Gin Parlour was showing me that Gin should be savoured and measured to a sensible level for it was more about the taste experience rather than becoming inebriated. Birmingham had never looked so classy to us students! Be fancy at the Jekyll & Hyde!

We had enjoyed our first ever Gin bathtub and by the look of things it was going to get even better! The overall ambiance of the Victorian Gin Parlour was simply lovely, the attention to detail of the design was effortless! I honestly felt like I had been transported back to a Victorian time, now I would have loved to of seen Birmingham during the reign of Queen Victoria! I cast my mind back to my time here in Birmingham as a student and wonder for a while to think why I had never stumbled upon this charming place!? I suppose Gin can be enjoyed in a more civilised way rather than knocking back several treble measures before a night out on the town. Gin is done differently at Jekyll & Hyde for the team know their varieties of liquor. If truth be told I haven't found anywhere else in Birmingham that serves Gin in a miniature bathtub, so its kudos to Jekyll & Hyde, Birmingham! If you want to experience something more opulent then make it the Jekyll & Hyde, Birmingham!

Our purpose at the Jekyll & Hyde wasn't just to drink Gin, oh no we were ready for some lovely food! Branded the 'Eat Me, Drink Me' themed night at the Victorian Gin Parlour from Thursday through Saturday, Gin and food could be enjoyed as one exquisite experience! We couldn't of passed this opportunity up for we enjoyed some rather delicious food that Friday night at The Jekyll and Hyde! Choosing two courses for £12.50 I and Kelly felt that it was necessary for us to stay away from the deserts as the offerings of Gin provided enough of a sweet escape for us! Both choosing to start with the Home Smoked Mackerel fillet, served with a rustic arrangement with a Tomato Confit, accompanied by a Olive Ciabatta and Parsley on the side. Our starters were amazing, We were both in agreeance that we had not such good food in Birmingham for a while. How did we not know about this place until now?! I'm hungry now!

Through all the Gin we ordered we waited patiently for our main courses, the Victorian Parlour was filled with lively chat. To complement our starter we both chose the Chicken stuffed with Chorizo and baked Brie, which was served with Scallion pureed Potatoes and Sweet Potato chips. All food served was flavoursome and the portions reflected the deal that was on offer to us. Both courses were faultless and served piping hot so that did impress me much! Nothing was hurried along nor nothing took to long, the timing performed was just right and with a packed Parlour its ''Hats Off!'' Jekyll & Hyde, Birmingham is waiting!  Feeling suitably satisfied by our meal we decided to enjoy a final drink before departing for home. Deserts are for fools, I don't use that term of phrase! I chose the 'Blueberry Thrill' and Kelly chose the 'Joseph Jekyll' both Gin cocktails were served in a beautifully decorated Hendricks bone china cup and saucers, one way to end a lovely meal and Gin experience. 

When's The Mad Hatters Tea Party?

Joseph Harrison. 

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