I've had the pleasure of visiting The Jekyll and Hyde before. It's a small Victorian style pub with a bar downstairs selling sweetie jar cocktails and a mysterious sign leading up to the 'Gin Parlour'.
I headed up those stairs for the first Brumderland event. Put together by Vicky from Brumderland and the team at Bitters n Twisted, this event was designed to showcase all the treats on offer at the Jekyll and Hyde's Gin Parlour.
The upstairs Gin Parlour has its own distinct look and feel. A cosy and quirky room with over 90 gins behind the bar- this is my kind of place!
The Gin Parlour offers a variety of gin cocktails, sharing cocktails and gin flights, as well as a gin based food menu and cocktail masterclasses.
We were first treated to one of the special sharing cocktails that The Jekyll and Hyde offers- Madam Genever's Bathwater. It was served in a bathtub as a nod to the prohibition amateur gin-making technique.
The cocktail contained Genever (the spirit from which gin is derived) peach schnapps, apricot jam, rose syrup and lemon juice. We had little glasses to dip into the tub which was a lot of fun.
Next we tried a couple of dishes from the Gin and Food fusion menu. The menu changes every four weeks to reflect seasonal produce and also to keep things interesting for customers and staff alike! Some dishes are made with gin and others are inspired by the botanicals or the flavours in gin cocktails.
We each tried the Red Snapper and the Wild Mushroom Risotto.
Pan fried Red Snapper with Moroccan and Roasted Vegetable Cous Cous.
Firstly, this was beautifully presented with the eye being immediately caught by the vibrant colours. The smell of the fish was lovely and made my belly rumble. Perfectly cooked fish and fragrant cous cous with crunchy vegetable ribbons- a beautiful dish.
Wild Mushroom Risotto- Creamy Wild Mushroom and White Wine Risotto, topped with Stuffed Artichoke Crusted Mushroom.
I used to hate mushrooms and they still wouldn't be my first choice. I would never have picked this off a menu. However it was delicious. Three different mushrooms combined to make this a flavoursome dish and the risotto was not stodgy or heavy. Wonderful presentation again.
I was surprised and impressed by the quality of the presentation, flavours and cooking on show in the Gin Parlour. More details about how to try this delicious food on the Jekyll and Hyde website and also at the bottom of the post.
There was more to come after the food. As well as cocktails and gin inspired food, The Jekyll and Hyde also offer gin masterclasses upstairs, teaching guests about the history of gin and gin cocktails with the possibility to try some too!
Going way back in time, we tried neat Genever by pipetting small amounts with a straw. It was very strong and not as fragrant as gin- it reminded a few of us of vodka.
We went on from this to learn about gin's popularity in England and the craziness that ensued. I'm not giving you any facts- you're going to have to do a masterclass yourself!
The first cocktail we tried was the classic Tom Collins- a gin and lemon concoction dating from the late 1800s. This went down very well on my table.
As well as the history of gin we also tried different types of gin. The Gimlet was made with Rose's Lime Cordial and Navy Strength gin. Allegedly this drink was created by the Navy for medicinal purposes. I enjoyed this cocktail thoroughly and will definitely be emulating it at home!
As well as trying several cocktails and learning about gin there was a bit of a pop quiz going on with amazing prizes up for grabs such as Danny Dyer's autobiography!! (!!!)
It was such a fun event and we really got a good idea of all the fantastic things on offer at The Jekyll and Hyde. I've always loved popping in for a cocktail and I will definitely be returning for more and to try the food.
The Victorian Gin Parlour serves food Thursday-Saturday. They have been booked up on Fridays and Saturdays for the last three years so you should definitely book! Prices for mains are between £11.50 and £18.50. A longer version of the Gin Masterclass with extra games and fun can be booked on the website- perfect for a birthday or hen/stag do.
The Jekyll and Hyde, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham
Photos by me
I attended this free event at The Jekyll and Hyde in return for an honest blog post.