Nestled in the attractive, lively and significant Edgbaston area of Birmingham, The Garden House is a handsome, spacious pub created from three 19th century homes. Serving sumptuous pub food, this is a perfect spot to pause for a relaxing Sunday lunch or dinner with friends.
The Garden House is a handsome pub which sits within three early 19th century homes in the attractive Edgbaston area of Birmingham. Within half a mile of this charming inn lie the Grade II listed tower of Perrot’s Folly and the Victorian tower of Edgbaston Waterworks. The former was reputedly built so that John Perrott, a local landowner had a vantage point to spy on his unfaithful wife, and the two towers together are believed to have inspired the Two Towers of J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings novels, with the author growing up in the shadow of these two impressive Edgbaston landmarks.
Edgbaston is also home to the picturesque Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses was opened in 1832 by J. C. Loudon, the preeminent garden planner of his day. The array of plants on offer is magnificent, including a unique hybrid fern tree which has stood here for over 140 years. A wander through attractive Edgbaston will also lead you to the legendary Edgbaston Cricket Ground, and the impressive University of Birmingham, where the stunning clock tower rises above a cluster of handsome brick buildings.
A handsome, traditional pub in scenic Edgbaston, The Garden House is a perfect spot for relaxing with tasty pub food. Tucked back from the road, behind a picturesque row of grand trees, this is an ideal haven in which to sit down for a leisurely Sunday lunch and a refreshing glass of cask ale.Read more...
Built in the early-19th century, The Garden House is nestled in Edgbaston, once a rural area outside of Birmingham, but now an attractive corner of this vibrant, historic and handsome West Midlands city. Though little is known of the area’s early history, the name Edgbaston is believed to have been Old English for ‘village of a man called Ecgbald’. One of the oldest structures still visible is Edgbaston Hall, which was initially garrisoned during the reign of Charles I, and though it was burnt down in 1668, it was rebuilt by Sir Richard Gough less than fifty years later. The family from which Sir Richard came, the Gough-Calthorpes, were one of the prominent landowning Birmingham families over a period of several hundred years, and Edgbaston’s attractive, rural profile was largely retained by the Gough-Calthorpe family refusing to allow factories or warehouses to be built in Edgbaston, making the area a popular retreat for the middle classes. The area also boasts Edgbaston Campus, the main site of the handsome University of Birmingham, where the Art Deco, Grade II listed Barber Institute of Fine Arts, was opened by Queen Mary in 1939, and includes paintings and sketches from numerous world-renowned artists, as well as a fascinating collection of rare Byzantine and Roman coins.
Edgbaston has held on to its green and leafy character to the present day, with no less than three public gardens located in the area - the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and the lesser known University of Birmingham Winterbourne Botanic Garden and Martineau Gardens, renowned for its spectacularly lush, green meadows. This Birmingham suburb is perhaps best known, though, for the stunning and historic Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Established in 1882, this home of Warwickshire Cricket Club is regarded as arguably the country’s finest cricket ground, and this seminal stadium is where in 1957, Peter May and Colin Cowdrey put on England’s highest-scoring partnership of all time; an astonishing stand of 411. Brian Lara became the world’s first batsman to score 500 runs in a non-international, first-class cricket game at Edgbaston in 1994 – a full hundred and sixty years since on from a different landmark, Birmingham Town Hall, transformed the centre of this city.
The rich and varied history of Birmingham goes back to the Saxon period, and by the late 12th century, it had developed into an important town, with King Henry II granting the Lord of the Manor, Peter de Birmingham, the right to host a weekly market in the town. Throughout the late-medieval period, Birmingham became a hub for metalworking and leather tanning, and wool was also a popular local export. Birmingham suffered during the civil war, with the King’s troops invading the city and some of them looting from homes. The people of Birmingham bravely put up defences against invasion by Royalist forces, but were overcome in May 1643. The town recovered quickly, and in the 19th century, Birmingham was a proud industrial centre, with the new Grade I listed Birmingham Town Hall (constructed in 1834), the pioneer in a trend of Roman-style architecture, and it was chosen for the premiere of Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’ and Elgar’s ‘The Dream of Gerontius’, as well as hosting Charles Dickens for a series of public readings. The culture of this impressive city is represented not only in its long history, but also the wealth of museums present-day Birmingham, such as The Pen Museum, which fascinatingly charts Birmingham’s own involvement in the development of our writing implements, and country houses like the spectacular Grade I listed Aston Hall, whose grand interior and pristine gardens are open to the public.