Authentic sushi @ Otoro, Birmingham Indoor Market


restaurants, Review

I stumbled upon Otoro Sushi one afternoon when I was buying some seafood from Birmingham Indoor Market. Yes, despite appearances (and my Instagram feed) occasionally I do cook for myself. Despite being slap bang in the middle of a indoor market that always has a fairly prolific smell of fish, Otoro was busy. And by […]

April 3, 2018

Classic French cooking @ Bistro du Vin


Hotels, restaurants, Review

There is something genuinely lovely about dining in the candlelit sanctuary of Bistro du Vin. It always manages to feel both comfortingly familiar and a little bit special; a rare find. Whilst I’m a Sunday regular in the bar that’s just a hop, skip and a jump (or occasional drunken stumble) across from Bistro du […]

April 1, 2018

Birmingham Wine Weekend 2018


Bars & Pubs, Events, Hotels, restaurants

I don’t generally wear bracelets, but I made an exception for the Birmingham Wine Weekend band. Following from the success of the cocktail weekend, the same folk launched Birmingham Wine Weekend for 2018. For £10 a magical maroon wristband is provided which grants you access to 21 of the finest bars, hotels and restaurant in […]

March 30, 2018

Independent Birmingham Festival @ The Bond, Digbeth


Events, Pop ups, Review

You know your fella knows you well when, instead of flowers, he surprises you with tickets to the Independent Birmingham Festival for a day of eating. Set up within The Bond in Digbeth, the Independent Birmingham Festival celebrated all that is brilliant when it comes to Brum’s indi scene. I bang on relentlessly about my […]

March 26, 2018

Ramen revelations @ Tonkotsu, Selfridges


restaurants, Review

I finally paid a visit to Tonkotsu in Selfridges after seeing some Instagram posts that made me hungry a few months ago. Located in the food hall, in spite of the pretty imagery truth be told I didn’t have particularly high expectations. After all, it’s just noodle soup isn’t it? No, no it isn’t. Tonkotsu […]

March 17, 2018

Bottomless Sunday lunch @ Tanner & Co, London


Bars & Pubs, BYB Travels

This weekend I headed to London for a fabulous birthday brunch at Tanner & Co in Bermondsey. Located in South London, a stone’s throw from everyone’s favourite phalic building, The Shard, and London Bridge, Tanner & Co is a gorgeous bar and restaurant. They offer breakfast and brunch, but this visit is all about the […]

March 15, 2018

Indian street food @ Rola Wala, Selfridges


restaurants, Review

Rola Wala has replaced Izza Pizza in the Selfridges food court, and I’ve been down to try its Indian street food offerings. To be honest, I rolled my eyes a bit when I heard yet another Indian street food venue was opening. It’s not that I don’t like them (I would happily eat dosa on […]

March 13, 2018

Brunch and lunch @ Wayland’s Yard


Cafes, Review

It’s gained quite a reputation in Worcester, so it makes me happy that the second Wayland’s Yard to open up is in sunny Birmingham. Promising ‘proper coffee and proper food’, Wayland’s Yard can be found on Bull Street, just off Colmore Row. Its focus is brunch and lunch making it a daytime destination, ideal for […]

March 10, 2018

Tapas with a warm welcome @ Amantia


restaurants, Review

The last time I visited Amantia it was the launch night. It rained so heavily that by the time I got to Bennetts Hill from Digbeth I half expected Pennywise to greet me with a red balloon. Alas it was PJ from Big Brother holding a bowl of paella, but same difference. The venue Making […]

March 7, 2018

Becoming a barista @ 200 Degrees


Cafes, Review

I spent last weekend locked in the basement of 200 Degrees with a group of women and a man called Alex. That sounds more ominous than it was really. I was actually taking part in a barista training class offered at 200 Degrees, rather than being held in some kind of Fred West style lock […]

March 6, 2018

Wings Wednesday @ Original Patty Men


Ramblings, restaurants, Review

You know Original Patty Men serve up some decent burgers at the weekend, but did you know they’re now open midweek and knocking out some pretty epic chicken wings? I got wind of Wings Wednesday through a combination of Twitter posts and my pal Chris (otherwise known as The Fat Foodie) who lives for fried […]

March 4, 2018

Best chicken wings in Birmingham


Bars & Pubs, Pop ups, Ramblings

I’m always keeping my eyes peeled for the best chicken wings I can find, and I’ve eaten enough now to share some of my favourites. The seven places below are offering some of the best chicken wings in Birmingham city centre, in my opinion. From crispy fried wings dipped in blue cheese to grilled whole […]

March 3, 2018