First glimpse as brand new winter pergola opens at Birmingham’s Canal House

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The new addition to the popular canal-side bar had its grand opening on October 13, and I was lucky enough to be in attendance

Sitting proudly on the edge of Birmingham’s famous canals, The Canal House welcomes you in with friendly faces and a warmth which feels as though it’ll never fade.

Sat just out of reach of the bustling streets of Brum - the entrance draws you in and the long bar makes for an ideal spot to take in the atmosphere with a drink in hand. This was my first experience of the bar and it set me up for a lovely evening of festive drinks and a pleasant atmosphere.

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The wine and spirits collection is vast, and for those who fancy a drop of draft you’ll not be disappointed either. Onto the outside and the winter pergola grand opening. The wooden structure sits on the brim of the canal and is laden with benches and sofas, ready to accompany individuals and groups alike. A roaring fire in the centre makes for a grand centrepiece and with plenty of heating dotted around the inside you’ll barely feel the grip of winter as you’re enjoying food and drink by the canal side.

An artists impression of The Watershed (The Canal House) An artists impression of The Watershed (The Canal House)
An artists impression of The Watershed (The Canal House) | The Canal House

Adding to the atmosphere of my night was some great acoustic music from Kerry Smyth which came from a small alcove near to the pergolas bar. With the winter fast approaching, the heated areas of this classy canal side bar come with perfect timing.

There’s even more incentive for you footie fans - if by this point you still needed it - because the bar will be showing the 2022 Fifa World Cup live. Sat here in this brand new setting, the thought of watching the fortunes of nations thousands of miles away whilst drinking something nice and cold sounds like an ideal way to navigate through the oddity that is a winter World Cup.

The canal side is a great place for a drink full stop, but the addition of this pergola with its roaring fire and cosy interior adds so much more to the experience.

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The Canal House and The Watershed are open Monday to Thursday from 12pm until late and from 10am Friday to Sunday throughout the winter and will continue hosting a packed roster of live musicians covering a range of genres from pop to rock to funk and soul, turning up the dial a notch for the festive period.

The Canal House is located in the edge of the Birmingham Canal (Photo: BirminghamWorld)The Canal House is located in the edge of the Birmingham Canal (Photo: BirminghamWorld)
The Canal House is located in the edge of the Birmingham Canal (Photo: BirminghamWorld) | BirminghamWorld

Famed for its live music, house-cooked food and laid-back warm and welcoming atmosphere, The Canal House’s new snug retreat promises to keep the spirit of the venue alive throughout the winter.

Introducing a brand-new seasonal drinking, dining and partying destination to the city, the stunning outdoor terrace on Bridge Street is set to become an urban utopia of firepits and good times alongside winter cocktails, hot chocolate, mulled wine and tempting street food, just in time for the chilly weather. The heated venue is open for walk-ins, but you can also book a limited number of tables each day via The Canal House’s website and areas can be booked out for Christmas parties and gatherings.

For more information and to book your table, visit the Canal House website.

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