* Collaboration with Edgbaston Village
Earlier this week I teamed up with the guys from Edgbaston Village to show you what’s available at two of the venues in the area.
I’m a big fan of this part of the city centre, mainly because it’s home to several of my favourite places to eat. Living just five minutes walk from Edgbaston I’m often over in this central Birmingham suburb, eating and drinking my way around the bars, cafes and restaurants that line the leafy streets.
So what is EV like? Edgbaston itself has a lot to offer – there’s more to see and do in this area than you may have realised. It’s an affluent area, so you’ll find fine dining restaurants and boutique hotels in the mix, too, making it a popular area come the weekend as well as midweek. As well as a host of places to eat and drink, there’s also swish accommodation, high-end hair and beauty shops, and home decor outlets. This part of the city is also home to internationally renowned sporting venues and cultural attractions, if that’s more your thing. Helpfully, it’s all just a 10 minute walk from Five Ways station, and there’s plenty of other transport links.
But back to the wining and dining. I’ve previously talked about my love of the tapas at El Borracho de Oro and the pizza and pasta at Laghi’s Deli, so for this post I’ll be showing you two other venues I like but haven’t yet written about on here: Loki Wine and The High Field.
This award-winning wine merchant has a relaxed bar and attractive garden area, with a choice of over 30 wines available for tastings plus many more bottles to buy. There’s often special events held in collaboration with other Brum independents, so it’s worth keeping an eye on their social channels. Loki is mainly self service – customers use a prepaid card bought at the counter, allowing you to try different tipples before (if you wish) committing to a full glass or bottle.
My favourite thing about this place – aside from the super selection of wines available – is the emphasis on choice. The guys behind this popular wine bar want you to try new things but spend your money the way you want to. Instead of opting for large glasses, I found more joy in trying lots of 25ml tasters via the (for want want of a better word) vending machines. It’s a bit confusing to begin with, but once you get the hang of how the top-up card works and read the wine descriptions above the bottles there’s lots to love about this take on wine tasting.
It’s a lovely way to discover wines you may not have previously been aware of, or have been a bit intimidated to try. There’s also a decent selection of beers. Relaxed and comfortable, Loki Wine is open 7 days a week and has a small deli on-site for light bites (like cured meats) to nibble on during your visit.
Loki Wine Edgbaston, 10 Greenfield Crescent, Birmingham, B15 3AU
P.S This month you can get a cheeky 15% off tasting cards if you quote ‘Bite Your Brum’ at the counter before the end of July 2019.
The High Field
Two minutes walk from Loki is The High Field, situated opposite Simpson’s and its coveted Michelin star. This upmarket gastro pub has a smart interior and two nice terraces for drinks in the sunshine. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and combines quality pub food with modern brasserie dishes.
The latest revamped menu is now available, with plenty of seasonal choice accommodating all tastes. There’s also a daily specials board that can be brought to your table with a few added extras. Some of the highlights from our evening meal are below to give you a taster of what’s available, including some huge scallops, pork hock and (several) lush cocktails.
The High Field is open 7 days a week, and also does a mean roast dinner come Sundays. It’s dog-friendly and has a great three course set menu available at lunchtimes for under £18. Service is personable and prompt, with no messing about on the food portions. The fact that the restaurant area can be fairly busy on a Monday night should give you some idea of its popularity.
The High Field, 22 Highfield Road, Birmingham, B15 3DP
Heads up – you can bag yourself a one night stay at The High Field for £99 in August (valid Sunday-Friday) by quoting ‘Bite Your Brum’ when booking via email firstname.lastname@example.org
And that’s your lot from me today. A few of the pubs and bars in this area also feature on my Best Beer Gardens post you may also find useful. You can find out more information about what Edgbaston Village has to offer here.
Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with Edgbaston Village, who subsidised the majority of the bill at their own discretion. All words and photos are my own.