Birmingham is getting a new canalside restaurant and cocktail bar.
Noel’s Bar and Restaurant will combine traditional recipes inspired by the rich flavours of the Mediterranean, with chic and exotic cocktails.
The new place will be at 22 Waterfront, adjacent to The Cube.
With the finishing touches set to take place over the next few weeks, the team is almost ready to open the doors to its 90-cover restaurant and private dining room.
There’ll be an open kitchen and real charcoal grill serving a menu bursting with authentic flavours.
Noel’s will use only the finest ingredients, handpicked cuts of meat, sourced from Aubrey Allen and artisan pasta made fresh each morning.
One half of the brains behind Noel’s Bar and Restaurant is a familiar name on Birmingham’s hospitality scene, Gjerji Devollaj.
He said: “We can’t wait to introduce Birmingham to Noel’s Bar and Restaurant and show the city everything we have to offer.
“Noel’s Bar and Restaurant is set to be something really special.
“Our waterfront bar and restaurant will show the best of the Mediterranean food, carefully crafted cocktails paired with extraordinary interior design.
“We wanted to take traditional food to the next level – serving it up alongside the best wines, spirits and cocktails, in the most beautiful environment.
“We want to replicate that style, sophistication and quality of the Mediterranean, right here in Birmingham.
“The city has a thriving food and drink scene, and we’re proud to be part of that
Gjerjii Devollaj’s business partner is Sabi Ukaj, who said: “Growing up in the Mediterranean, I was brought up with authentic flavours and traditional food which has heavily influenced the menu at Noel’s.
“I have travelled all over Europe discovering many different cuisines and exploring different tastes and flavours.
“The menu at Noel’s Bar and Restaurant celebrates genuine Mediterranean food but taking it to the next level.”
The 2,200 sq ft unit is overlooked by the Mailbox and The Cube.
Gjerjii and Sabi have worked with Tibbatts Abel, who are behind local restaurants Opheem, Rofuto, St Paul’s House, and Tamatanga.
Inside, the sophisticated interior focuses on the clever use of lights, with the restaurant’s six 5ft diameter hanging lights set to steal the show.
There are floor-to-ceiling windows and a 22ft long Italian marble bar, Noel’s is setting the bar high when it comes to drinks, as well as food.