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

Food trends that should stay in 2017


Ramblings

As 2018 approaches and we all start banging on about ‘out with the old, in with the new’, I thought I’d discuss some of the food trends that have been in the news this year. But of course, in my usual ranty, pessimistic style, it’s the rubbish ones I’ll be talking about. You know the […]

December 29, 2017

Hotel Chocolat opens Birmingham cafe bar 


Cafes, Events

Hotel Chocolat fans – I have something for you! Have you heard a new cafe bar has opened in the city centre promising plenty of the sweet stuff as well as cocoa infused booze? Yes, really.  The drinks Hotel Chocolat has opened a luxury chocolate bar on New Street with an in-house cafe serving up […]

November 29, 2017

Vietnamese street food @ Pho Birmingham


restaurants, Review

I’ve written before about my love affair with Pho Birmingham – check it out – located in the food court area of Grand Central. Once you get over the fact that there’s always a queue (and in winter it’s ruddy freezing) it’s a great spot for a steaming bowl of noodle soup or one of the other Vietnamese inspired […]

July 22, 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

Puddings galore @ Pirlos Dessert Lounge


Events, restaurants, Review

Happy Birthday Pirlos Dessert Lounge This week saw pudding master Pirlos Dessert Lounge celebrate its first birthday, and I was lucky enough to be invited by the kind folk at Delicious PR to the blogger birthday bash at the popular Digbeth restaurant. This unique establishment is designed to seriously indulge sugar fiends and has an […]

May 26, 2017

A slice of joy @ Izza Pizza


restaurants, Review

It’s fair to say my birthday weekend  *I turned 32 – sob* was raucous. It’s also fair to say I’ve probably eaten far too much this past week (my jeans no longer do up) and am now largely made of cheese and gin. You’d think that would mean a few days of reining it in, […]

May 16, 2017