Quaglino’s Mayfair, London


BYB Travels

I recently visited Quaglino’s in Mayfair during a work trip to the capital. I’m not particularly familiar with this area of London (I don’t think a fleeting visit via a Monopoly board counts) but I was excited to have dinner in the private dining room here. Despite being a Monday night in January the restaurant was busy, […]

January 17, 2018

Hanging kebabs and The Canal House revisited


restaurants, Review

After a bout of heavy snow and freezing temperatures, Birmingham turned into a death trap ice rink earlier this month. I didn’t so much walk to Liam Gallagher’s gig at the NIA rather I slid there, like some kind of shit-faced Bambi. Having bought The Husband tickets to see Manchester’s favourite yob back in October […]

December 23, 2017

A new winter menu @ Aluna


Bars & Pubs, Events

I recently visited Aluna in The Mailbox to try the cocktails, but last week I ventured back to sample the food. Having recently launched a new winter menu, I was excited to revisit the canal side bar and restaurant to try some of the Thai style dishes I’d heard about. The venue The restaurant side […]

November 29, 2017

Fine dining Indian style @ Lasan 


restaurants, Review

There’s a handful of restaurants in Birmingham that need little introduction, and Lasan most certainly falls into that category. Launched in 2002 by Jabbar Khan, the Indian restaurant – part of the Lasan Group that includes Fiesta del Asado, Nosh & Quaff and Raja Monkey Cafe – has recently undergone a £500,000 refurbishment. With the […]

November 18, 2017

Simple Italian dining @ Del Villaggio


restaurants, Review

Recently we took a trip to Del Villaggio on Broad Street. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Broad Street, and until my boyfriend and I became Unlimited members of Cineworld (at the Five Ways end of the street) a few years ago I’d not spent much time in that area of the city. In […]

September 26, 2017

Electro Brunch @ Gaucho Birmingham


Events, restaurants

With my hen do this weekend coming I had every intention of having a ‘quiet one’ on Saturday, but instead I accepted an invitation to a bloggers event at Gaucho Birmingham. The coveted Electro Brunch – a weekly all you can eat and drink thrill ride – has been on my ‘to do’ list since I […]

September 12, 2017

Cocktails and pampering @ Malmaison Birmingham


Events, Hotels

Pampering at Malmaison Birmingham As you know I get married in just two months, so I’ve been busy booking my pre-wedding beautification. Being the lazy tomboy I am, I require some serious sprucing prior to getting hitched, so I’ve got a whole 4 hours of exfoliation, massages, manicures and pedicures (and a fizzy lunch, obviously) […]

August 11, 2017

Boston Tea Party opens a new cafe in Edgbaston 


Cafes, Events, Review

A new cafe has opened in Edgbaston as part of the popular Boston Tea Party chain; the 20th UK opening for the group. If you’re unfamiliar with BTP, the chain is famed for hearty brunches and a relaxed, cool environment. You’ll always find people having laid back meetings or tapping away at laptops with a […]

July 20, 2017

Summer menu tasting @ Marmalade The Rep


Events, restaurants, Review

Marmalade The Rep I like The REP for its on sight restaurant/bar, Marmalade The Rep which I’ve use for client meetings and also visited several times with friends for pre-theatre cocktails, so I was delighted to be invited to try the new menu. Meeting on a Monday evening in June, the blogger event was designed […]

June 19, 2017

A healthy feast @ Cherry Reds


Cafes, Ramblings, Review

I’m a big fan of Cherry Reds on John Bright Street, it has to be said. Cherry Reds on John Bright Street is a gem in Birmingham city centre. Many moons ago, when I worked next to the Mailbox, I used the (then largely derelict) area as a short cut from New Street to the […]

June 8, 2017

Brunching @ Urban Cafe, Church Street


Cafes, Review

Urban Cafe is my new favourite place. On Sunday I made the decision to get myself back to the gym after several weeks of boozing, eating junk food and generally being a bit of a scamp, and this also involved a trip to Urban Cafe. After a cardio session (and an hour in the spa) […]

May 16, 2017

Italian food @ Milano Arcadian


restaurants, Review

Italian dining at Milano Arcadian This week I visited Milano Arcadian. This week is a busy one for my family as we celebrate not one but two birthdays right next to each other. With my dad celebrating his 68th birthday (on Wednesday, the day before mine) my step mum and I decided to surprise my […]

May 11, 2017