‘St Paul’s Club was constructed originally as two houses. Only one of the original door cases, designed with Roman Doric columns remains.
This pleasant Luncheon Club, the oldest Luncheon Club of its kind in Birmingham, was started in 1859.
For some considerable time a few of the leading manufacturers and merchants in the neighbourhood of St Paul’s had been in the habit of meeting daily to dine at a well-known old hostelry ‘The Star’, in Newhall Street, or Mount Street, as it was then called. One day a member of this little party was served with a very poor and very badly cooked chop, and he mildly remonstrated with the landlord.
The landlord was very abrupt and independent and replied that if his customer wasn’t satisfied he could go elsewhere! This customer was Mr Geo Haseler (one of the mildest of men), and his friends were so annoyed at the treatment he received that they determined not to go there again, but to form a Club.
It has always been known officially as ‘The Jewellers Club’ due to its position in The Jewellery Quarter and the support in membership of those working in the area. There are a considerable number engaged in the Jewellery Trade that are members even today.’
Source: Jewellery Quarter History & Guide 2nd Edition published 1987
Saint Paul’s Club Today
It is interesting to know that membership is no longer restricted to ‘Gentlemen Only’. There are four meeting rooms, enabling members to discuss business matters in a discreet environment whilst inviting guests to experience superb facilities.
As a member, full access is given to the superbly equipped private meeting rooms, dining rooms, a bar, and sitting room. Three-course sit down/buffet lunches are always offered as an alternative.
St Paul’s Club is a thriving hub of activity and the optimal place to mix with other individuals for business meetings or social events. Whether you live and work in Birmingham or visiting from another area, there is a membership to suit your requirements.
In November 2014 it was decided to re-name the former billiard room ‘The Villiers Suite’ and it is now available for hire for various functions including conferences, seminars, parties, dinners, weddings, christenings, funerals, etc.
It has full wi-fi facilities and a large projector screen. Full refreshments are available. If anyone is interested in hiring the room they should email firstname.lastname@example.org for rates and availability.