Cafes, Review

Healthy lunch @ Coffee Tales

I've loved the Jewellery Quarter since my days in marketing when I first left university and moved to this wonderful city. There's quite a vibrant food and drink scene now compared to when I worked in The Big Peg many moons ago, and I've recently decided to make more effort to venture over this side… Continue reading Healthy lunch @ Coffee Tales

Bars & Pubs, Events, restaurants, Review

Cocktails and food @ The Canal House

Last week saw the official launch of The Canal House on Bridge Street, and to celebrate a party was held to mark the occasion. Over recent months the former James Brindley pub has been transformed in to The Canal House; a sizeable city centre bar and restaurant overlooking Gas Street Basin. New World Trading Company… Continue reading Cocktails and food @ The Canal House

Events, Hotels

Cocktails and pampering @ Malmaison 

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) planned at Hotel du… Continue reading Cocktails and pampering @ Malmaison 

Bars & Pubs, Review

Pre-cinema grub @ Bacchus Bar

The heatwave that's hit Birmingham in the past week has been glorious, but I have to say my poor pale skin was quite delighted to escape the sunshine for an hour on Tuesday. With a trip to the cinema to see the preview of Baby Driver at Cineworld (bloody brilliant, btw) later on that night, Ian… Continue reading Pre-cinema grub @ Bacchus Bar

Events, restaurants, Review

Summer menu tasting @ Marmalade

One of the best things about 'working from home' is that I'm not confined to an office, and I often take my laptop to random locations around the city to work remotely. I enjoy being able to change my working environment on a daily basis, although I must confess I do have some favourite go-to… Continue reading Summer menu tasting @ Marmalade

Bars & Pubs, restaurants, Review

Pizzas, pies and a nice surprise @ The Stable

I remember when The Stable opened in late 2015 - mainly because it marked the first time since my teens that I'd actively enjoyed a pint of cider. Like many high school reprobates, cider was one of the first tipples I ever got drunk on and - despite my best efforts at university - it… Continue reading Pizzas, pies and a nice surprise @ The Stable

Ramblings, restaurants, Review

Sunny city centre dining @ Cafe Rouge, Bull Ring

I will usually choose an indepedent restaurant or cafe over a chain but last week, after attending an emotion minute silence in town due to the horrible events in Manchester, I found myself looking for something quick and easy in the sunshine that wouldn't wreck the vaguely good work I'd done in the gym. It… Continue reading Sunny city centre dining @ Cafe Rouge, Bull Ring

restaurants, Review

A working lunch @ Bella Italia

In the middle of the week I found myself in town running a few errands and hooking up with someone for a quick lunch meeting. With all that had been going on in Manchester it was nice to spend a lunch hour chatting about anything else other than current events, so I took the work… Continue reading A working lunch @ Bella Italia

Cafes, Review

Sunshine and salads @ Fazeley Social

Finally it looks like spring has finally arrived and the week started with a glorious sunny day. I don't know about you but I find a dose of sunshine really takes the Monday blues away, especially when combined with some tasty bites. With my washing drying out on the line before 9am, and my Monday… Continue reading Sunshine and salads @ Fazeley Social