Fish and chips @ Tasty Plaice, Grand Central


restaurants, Review

About a 6 weeks ago I was moaning on Twitter about the lack of decent chippies in Birmingham city centre. As if by some chip-based magic, Tasty Plaice opened at Grand Central in April offering what it calls “probably the best fish and chips in the world.” That’s quite a bold statement, especially for a […]

April 14, 2018

Simple springtime dining @ Chez Mal, Malmaison


Hotels, restaurants, Review

I personally couldn’t have been more elated to see the back of March. The endless snow flurries ruining plans and seemingly everyone being in a trans-seasonal funk, I was more than happy to welcome in April. My first food-based adventure of the month turned out to be Malmaison; a venue I’ve dined in several times, […]

April 13, 2018

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

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

A very special lunch @ The Wilderness


restaurants, Review

Last month I was lucky enough to be able to dine at The Wilderness. Having booked our visit all the way back in October, it’s a restaurant I’ve been eager to visit for a very long time. Promising a unique lunch full of surprises, I was practically skipping to the much-hyped restaurant with my husband. […]

January 12, 2018

Friday night supper @ Tom’s Kitchen


restaurants, Review

One of the longstanding ‘must try’ restaurants I’ve been meaning to dine in is Tom’s Kitchen, and earlier this month I finally got to try Tom’s tucker. Like most food bloggers I have an increasingly long list of restaurants, cafes and bars I’d like to visit. My list has never had less than 20 places […]

December 9, 2017

Italian dining @ Cucina Rustica


restaurants, Review

I recently visited Cucina Rustica in the St Paul’s area of Birmingham Leafy and picturesque, St Paul’s Square is slowly but surely becoming one of my favourite spots in the city. Nestled below the bustling streets of the Jewellery Quarter, this small but vibrant part of Birmingham becomes a hive of activity come the weekend; […]

November 7, 2017

A Vegas wedding and a restorative Greek getaway  


BYB Travels

Vegas wedding broken woman coming through  Well hello there! As you can imagine the last few weeks have been a bit of a blur for me, but I’m pleased to say our wedding in Las Vegas went swimmingly (probably thanks to the endless supply of frozen margaritas) and I’m now officially a wife. Madness. We […]

October 30, 2017

Happy first birthday to Rofuto (Park Regis Hotel)


Events, restaurants

I was recently invited to attend the first birthday of Rofuto, and after being promised an evening of cocktails and sushi (despite my wedding dress diet woes) I made my way gleefully to Park Regis Hotel, also the home of 1565. I’d heard a lot about this skyline restaurant before the event and was really excited to […]

October 2, 2017