Tapas and small plates @ Bar Estilo, Mailbox


restaurants, Review

Saturday lunch @ Bar Estilo, Mailbox I spent most of the period between Christmas and New Year eating fudge for breakfast and saying, ‘what day is?’ repeatedly to Ian; this continued until we went back to work earlier this week. By the time we met up for lunch with our friends, Lauren and James, not […]

January 7, 2018

Hidden pizza joy @ OTTO, Jewellery Quarter


restaurants, Review

One December night not so long ago, during a particularly vicious bout of hangryitis, I found myself eating pizza at OTTO. Coming across this little pizzeria was a complete accident, fuelled largely by a mutual desire to get out of the winter rain and my inability to go more than two hours without food. Situated […]

December 19, 2017

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

BBC Good Food Show @ NEC Birmingham


Events

Last Thursday – after a fairly turbulent start to the week, it has to be said – I decided to cheer myself up visiting the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC Birmingham. Held over 4 days, the annual event is designed for food lovers to see some of their favourite TV chefs cook live, […]

December 5, 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

Chilled tapas and great wine @ Pinchos


Bars & Pubs, Cafes, Review

Pinchos tapas bar opens in Birmingham, and it’s a love letter to Spain. The winding streets of Barcelona are a joy for food lovers, with rustic cafes and bars offering Spanish snacks nestled in every nook and cranny. I truly love that city, having been many times both as a solo traveller and with friends. […]

November 14, 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

Express lunch @ Bistro du Vin Birmingham


Hotels, restaurants, Review

If like me you’re a fan of Hotel du Vin, the new lunch concept it has rolled out might be up your street. Bistro du Vin is now offering an Express Lunch option for people looking for a delicious but fast lunchtime treat. Available 12-2pm Monday to Saturday, the new lunch concept launched at the […]

October 4, 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

Product review: Ibiza Ice Sparkling Wine


Review

It has to be said that I’m a bit of a purist when it comes to wine. I’m generally more a fan of red wine over white, and my previous experience with sparkling vinos hasn’t always been brilliant. Having said that I’m always open to trying new things (especially when it comes to alcohol) so […]

September 10, 2017

Exotic meats @ Nakira Bar & Grill


Bars & Pubs, Events, restaurants

You may have seen my previous blog revealing the first pictures from inside the newest restaurant to hit John Bright Street: Nakira Bar & Grill. It looked pretty swish, so I was delighted to receive a VIP invite to the official launch party, which took place last week. Despite opening officially earlier this month the […]

September 1, 2017