If I have one skill in life, it’s dragging out my birthday for at least two weeks. It’s not always intentional (it usually is) but I always seem to pack a stupid amount into May.
After a gorgeous Mediterranean feast at El Borracho de Oro and a weekend eating my way around Rome, I’d already had a pretty epic birthday. But my husband had one last treat in store: a bottomless brunch and screening of Withnail and I at The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen.
For those unfamiliar with the film, it centres around two blokes drinking too much and making fairly poor life choices. The state Ian and I often find ourselves in after an afternoon within the walls of Hotel du Vin’s Bubble Bar, it’s more like looking in the mirror. It’s my favourite film for many reasons, far too many to bore you with in this post when you’ve come to read about food, but combining it with unlimited booze for 90 minutes and brunch is something I’m happy to get onboard with.
The sold out event took place in the bar of The Mockingbird; you can find this place at the Custard Factory in Digbeth. Aside from showing new and classic movies this venue is also a popular bar and kitchen, with an emphasis on wooing the burger and fries crowd. Most weekends there’s bottomless brunches for film fans, where you can get nicely toasted on fizz, have something to eat, and shout out the lines to your favourite films; tickets cost between £25-£30. Aesthetically, the venue is quite basic with a handful of wooden tables and chairs in the main bar area.
Food & drink
I’ve had mixed success eating here previously, it must be said. These four walls have given me both one of the best hotdogs in Brum and some of the worst fried chicken I’ve ever encountered. Despite that, and because I’m always happier supporting an independent working hard, every so often I return. On this occasion we had pre-booked our brunch with the tickets; for me the Baked Eggs and for Ian the Chicken and Waffles.
My dish was a hearty bowl of veggie baked eggs. The thick sauce was flavoured with cumin and had plenty of beans to bulk up the mix. Ian’s fried chicken was juicy and much better than the version I’d had there before. The waffles were super sugary, probably a little too sweet for my taste, but he enjoyed the dish. We also got a surprise platter of fresh fruit and pastries to share, alongside unlimited fizz and beer. My glass was rarely empty and the staff are keen to ensure you get your monies worth.
This was a fun experience that for just under £30pp including the food, drink and screening felt like a good deal. There’s always new boozy brunch screenings being announced so keep an eye out over on Twitter. I can’t explain how much I’d like a Die Hard bottomless brunch…
Have you eaten at Mockingbird Cinema? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.
Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham, B9 4A
Disclosure: my husband paid in full because he’s a bloody good egg. All pictures and words are mine.