“Hey Laura, would you like to come to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and quaff champagne?” ERRRRM YES PLEASE.
This week I was delighted to attend an event at the beautiful Edwardian Tea Rooms, nestled at the back of BMAG. Promising an evening of fizz and fun, the gathering offered guests the opportunity to find out more about the Piper-Heidsieck brand as part of an event called Press for Champagne. The museum has had buttons installed in certain booths within the tea room to enable guests to have fizz at their fingertips – amazing!
Arriving early evening with some of my favourite foodies, I was presented with a flute of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne before discovering more about the history of this award winning brand. A successful Champagne house from the Champagne region of France, Florens-Louis Heidsieck founded the brand in 1785, before the Heidsieck name was eventually combined with the Piper name.
So what’s it like? A full bodied and fruity Champagne, it’s a clear, almost golden fizz with delicate bubbles and a delicious aftertaste. Sometimes this type of drink can leave a sour taste (not in this case) so I may well be adding this to my Christmas shopping list, especially because it’s priced at just £30 a bottle in the shops. Bargain!
And the venue? As I’ve explained in previous posts, I’m a big fan of this hidden gem having stumbled across it earlier this year with my mum. The unique venue is at the back of the ground floor, through the gift shop and a (rather fancy) marble doorway. Far from being the mini cafe I expected, the tea room is seriously spacious, colourful and airy. The decor combines new with old (a lot like the museum itself) and has much to look at, plus the ludicrously high ceilings are just beautiful.
I think this new addition to the venue is fab and I’ll be utilising it with friends again as soon as possible. Heads up – the Edwardian Tea Rooms also has a cracking lunch menu and a ridiculously gorgeous bakery counter. Take a trip!
Edwardian Tea Rooms, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH
*Disclosure: I was a guest of East Village PR and Edwardian Tea Room but all opinions and champs chat remain my own*