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Third new craft beer bar to open in Jewellery Quarter

Independent venue will be called 1000 trades and join a growing list of new bar launches in city's historic manufacturing quarter

Frederick Street in Hockley as it looks today. Courtesy of Amberley Publishing taken from Ted Rudge and John Houghton's Around Hockley Through Time.
1000 trades is set open in Frederick Street later this year

A third new craft beer bar is set to open in the Jewellery Quarter this year as the growing interest in specialist ales shows no sign of slowing down.

The independent venue will be called '1000 trades' and will launch in the Grade II-listed former home of Caribbean bar and restaurant Diamonds and Pearls which closed down last year.

Jonathan Todd, co-owner of the new venture at 16 Frederick Street, said: "We're excited to be bringing a building in the Jewellery Quarter back to life as an independent bar and kitchen.

"We want to be at the heart of a neighbourhood with a rich history and a vibrant present. 1000 trades speaks to Birmingham as a place where you could get anything made.

"We will celebrate craft in its many contemporary forms. We feel what we're planning to do here complements what is already happening in the Jewellery Quarter and the area's ethos and culture and brings something new.

"There's quite a bit of work we intend to do to the premises and we're keen to crack on as soon as possible."

Mr Todd said the bar would be accommodated on the ground floor of the building and able to hold around 200 people with the possibility the upstairs could be brought into use in the future.

He added that he hoped to take on local apprentices as part of the recruitment process.

Former George and Dragon will also host a craft beer bar later this year
Former George and Dragon will also host a craft beer bar later this year

1000 trades will benefit from being on one of the busiest streets in the whole of the Jewellery Quarter and count several offices and residential complexes among its near neighbours as well as being a short walk from Chamberlain Clock and Golden Square.

It will however be pitted into competition with bars Vertu and Rose Villa Tavern - both of which are close to the planned venue - and two new craft beer bars also due to open this year.

Legendary Birmingham brewery Davenports unveiled plans in January to open a venue in the quarter's former police station in the Big Peg which was followed last month by the owners of The Pickled Piglet.

Husband and wife team Mark and Chrissy Rafferty are to launch The Pig & Tail in the former George and Dragon pub, (above), in Albion Street, which closed down in the late 1990s and has fallen into a severe state of disrepair before developers moved in to commence restoration in 2014.

According to Historic England, 16 Frederick Street was built in the 1870s and was previously used as a jewellery works.

The body said that, despite alteration over the years, it still retained the distinctive architecture and plan which distinguished the purpose-built factories of the Jewellery Quarter.

The building was awarded Grade II status in 2004.



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