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See inside latest Calthorpe Estate bar and restaurant

The Physician opens on historic Edgbaston estate following £2.4m project to convert former medical building

A former medical building in Edgbaston has reopened as a pub following a £2.4 million renovation project.

The Physician, which we first unveiled at the turn of the year, is a grand-looking bar and restaurant housed in the former Birmingham Medical Institute, on the historic Calthorpe Estate.

According to council records, the 1830s building in Harborne Road was once used for "middle class interests" such as art and entertaining and owners are obviously hoping the restoration will now bring it back to life.

Inside The Physician on the Calthorpe Estate
Inside The Physician on the Calthorpe Estate

The Physician is run by group Brunning & Price which specialises in converting and restoring old buildings into pubs and restaurants.

Many of its venues are in the North West and North Wales and are owned by their managers.

In the West Midlands, it owns The Inn at Shipley near Wolverhampton, The Armoury in Shrewsbury and The Red Lion in Longdon Green, near Lichfield and the group was named pub group of the year by the Good Pub Guide in 2013.

There are eight beers and mulled cider on tap
There are eight beers and mulled cider on tap

As well as the bar area, The Physician has two dining rooms seating 16 in each, plus a new courtyard garden and orangery as well as four working fireplaces dotted around the pub.

There is also mulled cider on tap, a variety of real ales and space for 192 covers for lunch and dinner.

Items on the menu include chicken liver pâté with rhubarb chutney and granary toast (£6.25), slow-cooked ox cheek Bourguignon with horseradish and roast carrots (£15.75) while light bites include devilled sea bass fillet with cucumber mint and pink grapefruit salad with saffron mayonnaise (£9.95).

Tim Easthope Relax in front of one of four fireplaces at The Physician
Relax in front of one of four fireplaces at The Physician

Operations manager Helen Strason said: "We've made the most of the features of this beautiful building and kept true to its history. It is quite traditional but with hopefully a contemporary twist.

"We hope The Physician will be a place where people can meet, eat, drink and talk in a relaxing, inviting atmosphere."

The Physician goes into battle with other Edgbaston venues such as gastro pub and hotel The High Field, hotel and cocktail bar The Edgbaston, Michelin-starred restaurant Simpsons and tapas kitchen COMiDA @ 21 in an area of town fast becoming a food and drink mecca.

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