Epi at The Courtyard

Out In Brum - Epi at The Courtyard - ExteriorWe’ve reviewed the food of Chef Nathan Eades before, having eaten at his pop-ups in The Kitchen Garden (review here) and The Pickled Piglet.  We’ve been meaning to try his more permanent home, Epi at The Courtyard, for a while and a couple of weeks ago we were invited to try the current lunch menu at his fine dining restaurant.  Being greedy we decided to upgrade to the five course taster menu instead, and added on several bottles of wine and a couple of gins.  There’s no such think as a free lunch when we’re around and feeling in the mood for a boozy one!

It’s probably a little further out than some of you would normally travel, but all I can say is it’s dead easy on the train to get to Bromsgrove (just 20 minutes from New Street Station and a 2 minute cab) and it’s such good value you’d be a fool to miss it (this is also true of The Bluebell).  You’ll find Epi down an alleyway off Bromsgrove High Street; the antique building is pretty and the dining rooms are cosy and inviting.

Professional and friendly staff seated us and we ordered a G&T while we perused the wineOut In Brum - Epi at The Courtyard - Pig's Head Terrine list which had a good selection starting from £15 a bottle.  As we intended on not getting too tipsy we declined the wine flight and instead ordered first a bottle of Gavi (£22.50) to go with our first couple of courses.

First up was a Pig’s Head Terrine which was both piggy and heady (in both senses of the word), accompanied by a sweet apple puree and slices of apple.  Some restaurants spoil great food by serving it with Ikea cutlery and dinnerware, not so here, I think a lot of time goes in to deciding which type of plate should be used for which dish and consequently the finished article looks terrific.Out In Brum - Epi at The Courtyard - Carrot

Next up was a “tasting of carrot”, with carrot prepared five ways – sweetly roasted, puréed, as a lightly spiced bhaji, ribboned and pickled, and finally a jus of green carrot over the top.  I like dishes that make an accompaniment the centre of attention.

Out In Brum - Epi at The Courtyard - BeefThen to the main event – slow cooked short rib of beef.  Two words: de, licious.  The tender and strongly beefy ribs were served with a pomme purée and kale, with roasted swede (which is a much underused vegetable in my opinion, I really like it but hardly ever see it on a menu), and a beefy sauce which we had an extra jug of.  We had a bottle of red to go with this but I failed to note what it was.

To accompany dessert we decided on a frizzante Moscoto D’Asti Centeve (£22), which had Out In Brum - Epi at The Courtyard - Chocolate
sweet pineapple and honey notes.  It went wonderfully with the first desert of buttery chocolate ganache with caramelised milk, and equally well with the next course of rhubarb, lemon curd, and spiced ginger cake.

While it may not be everyday dining, it’s a lovely place for a treat and excellent value.  The five course taster menu costs just £35, and I can’t think of anywhere else you could eat food this good for that amount of money.  For the hungry, Chef Nathan offers a seven course taster menu at £40, and for the not so hungry a three course menu at £29.  There are wine flights for each menu for those who want wine matched to each Out In Brum - Epi at The Courtyard - Rhubarbcourse (£20, £25, £30 respectively for three/five/seven courses).  They also offer lunch as two or three courses which cost £25 and £30 respectively.  They’re open for Valentine’s and I think that’s a perfect opportunity to spoil your loved one.

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Bar Opus says ‘Oui’ to French cooking lesson

Birmingham foodies are being given a unique opportunity to join two of the city’s best chefs for a series of hands-on cookery classes at Bar Opus at One Snowhill.

Kicking off the culinary masterclasses, head chef Gareth Wayt and chef director David Colcombe will be taking a practical lesson on how to source and cook the popular French-inspired dish  Bouillabaisse including how to prepare freshly-caught Brixham Bay fish and shellfish and locally-grown vegetables, as well as creating the perfect saffron turned potatoes to accompany the dish.

GarethBAR OPUS Chefs Gareth Wayt and David Colcombe pic 1, who has been a chef with the Opus family since the age of 21, said: “For some, Saturday mornings are often spent lying in bed watching cookery programmes, but this is the perfect chance for food lovers, diners, or anyone who wants to improve their cooking skills to join us in our kitchen and learn the techniques that we use.”

The hour-long masterclasses, which are being held on Saturday 7th and 21st February between 11am and 12pm, are followed by a two-course specially prepared Bar Opus lunch, and are priced at £25 per person all inclusive. The series will run alongside a number of cocktail masterclasses, starting on Saturday 31st January, in which bar manager Sam Cross will be teaching how to mix cocktails like a professional.

Spaces are strictly limited. To book a ticket call Bar Opus on 0121 289 3939.

Our recent review of Bar Opus can be found here: http://outinbrum.com/bar-opus/

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21 Brummy New Openings in 2015

It’s January, it’s cold and miserable, and we’re all a bit skint, but 2015 promises some exciting things for Brum.  We’ve seen a few lists of new places that are opening, but think we’ve got a few more to add in to the pile that the twitterati have yet to mention!

Woktastic – Location to be announced.

As a victim of the Paradise Circus redevelopment, Ali and his team have been temporarily made homeless. Worry not though as they are due to return this year at a great new central location (being kept top secret for now, but we think it is a great spot). If you also know, shhhhhhh!  Ali wants it to be a surprise.  The new venue, we’re told, promises a more upmarket design but Ali assures us the chicken katsu curry will be as good as ever as he’s maintained his existing staff and is paying them whilst they await the new venue’s opening.

YakiNori – 2 locations. Grand Central and 2nd location TBA.

As if he isn’t busy enough, Ali has decided to open 2 additional venues this year. YakiNori is a Noodles, Sushi and Bento Bar and will be opening later in the year than Woktastic when Grand Central opens to the public (currently due September). There is also a second location outside of the city centre, although at the time of writing this venue is yet to be signed.

Fiddle & Bone – Sheepcote St & Canal side

Sherborne Wharf has taken over the  ‘Fiddle & Bone’ pub.  It is situated on Birmingham’s Sheepcote Street and alongside the canal.  They will also be running all of their other operations from the ‘Fiddle & Bone’ pub.  The promise is to be one of the city’s finest gastro pubs with delicious home cooked food, quality real ales and selected wines.  Live music and entertainment will breathe life back into this iconic waterside building for City Dwellers and boaters alike.

The Fiddle & Bone pub and Roundhouse arches will be sympathetically restored and refurbished in such a way to maintain its existing charm.  The exterior canal wall will be lowered and railings put to the same height as now to open up the view of the pub and Roundhouse arches from the canal side.

Marmalade – The Rep Theatre

With six hugely successful venues already spread across Birmingham, and a recent first foray out of the second city to Worcester with their popular South American Cantina brand of Bodega, Bitters ‘n’ Twisted have finally announced details of their newest venue and possibly their most ambitious yet.

Due to open in February 2015 in The Rep at Centenary Square, Matt and the team hope to succeed where Searcy’s didn’t by offering a totally different experience for the location.  Marmalade will be offering bistro style dining with pre-theatre menus being pitched at a pocket friendly £15.95 for 2 courses or £19.95 for 3 courses. Other promised options include bar snacks and light lunches and of course as it’s Bitters ‘n’ Twisted, there will obviously be a range of cocktails available as well as craft bottled beers, local ales and a selection of wines.

Full article can be found here http://outinbrum.com/2015/01/13/preview-marmalade-at-the-rep/

Everyman Cinema & Restaurant – Mailbox

Due to start taking bookings in February 2015, Everyman Mailbox will feature three custom built screens with the highest picture quality and the latest in digital projection, complete with a bar and foyer. All of their other locations offer restaurants and we have seen recruitment advertisements for chefs and kitchen staff so expect the same here. If the existing portfolio is anything to go by you can expect high quality pizzas and possibly burgers too.  But please don’t forget one of our very favourite places in Brum – The Elecctric Cinema (you can’t call yourself a Brummy if you’ve not been).

Big Papas B South at The Sunflower Lounge

One of the newest street food teams to appear in 2014 have proved they can take on the bigger boys by securing a permanent takeover of the kitchens of the made-over and re-launched Sunflower Lounge.

Whilst maintaining their presence at street food events and festivals, they guys are promising their repertoire of hearty southern soul food prepared from scratch. Expect to see dishes like Nashville Yardbird, Mac N Cheese with roasted butternut squash and poached egg, blackened pork chops, and southern fried catfish. You can also expect to see special offer nights like a cinema night with prices including food for 2 and the film. – Due to open January 21st.

Boston Tea Party – Moseley.

BTP are due to open their 3rd location in the city in Moseley this year. This joins the existing premises in Harborne and Corporation Street.

Le Bistrot Pierre – Gas Street.

Le Bistro Pierre promises to capture French culture and love of food. They offer provincial French cooking made with authentic, fresh ingredients, in a unique, relaxed atmosphere.  Established in 1994, they are a privately owned family of 12 bistros located all around Britain.

Cau – Brindley Place

With a menu embracing Buenos Aires’ cuisine, Cau offers a melting pot of comfort food inspired by Italy and Spain alongside the jewel in Argentina’s crown.  Steaks, burgers, and grill sandwiches are joined by a selection of other Argentine favourites.

Master & Margarita – Level 6 The Cube.

Master & Margarita is a new Lounge Bar and Restaurant serving authentic Indian cuisine “tapas style” in what is claimed will be a modern and mischievous designed decor.  Expect your usual wine and cocktails alongside the food

The Mailbox Tavern

Situated in the old Rosie O’Briens unit on John Bright Street. The Mailbox Tavern is due to open later this year and helps to continue the regeneration of what is quickly becoming a vibrant destination. The craft beer drinkers and jerk chicken eaters will, it appears, now have more mainstream venue goers to compete with.

Harvey Nichols – The Mailbox

With the completion of the Mailbox redevelopment due this year and Harvey Nichols moving to their new larger unit within it, this will also bring the opening of their new food offering. Remaining tight lipped at the moment the only clue is that it will be a “concept” restaurant (I swear if it’s another “gentlemen’s club with comfortable fire side chairs” I’ll scream).

Gas Street Social – The Mailbox

As the latest tenants of the vacated Bar Room Bar unit, Gas Street Social are promising us all modern European food with a changing seasonal menu alongside some top end cocktails, decent wines and good selection of local and international beers.

The Botanist – Temple Street

One of the many many brands from the Manchester stalwarts Living Ventures and the first foray back into Brum since their Living Room bar closed. Their most recognised brands to date probably include The Alchemist (one of our favourite hangouts in Manchester), Australasia, and Manchester House.  The Botanist menu offers a wide selection of home made favourites like scotch eggs alongside a wide selection of meats and salads to choose on their deli boards, as well as classic home comfort foods like fish & chips, pies and curry, and a range of dishes from the BBQ or rotisserie.   If the cocktails are anywhere near as good as The Alchemist then we expect good things here.

Amantia – Bennetts Hill

Spanish & Mediterranian food is the offering from the guys at Amantia.   With a proven background in the kitchens of San Carlo and Cucina Rustica, Andrea Retenaga and his wife Marta are going solo in this 80 cover venue.  Due to open near the ever popular Bodega in March, and with the new Cosy Club joining them, this looks like a great year for Bennetts Hill.

Praza by Pushkar – Hagley Road

Taking over the former Rose Muree restaurant on Hagley Road and after a six figure investment, Praza looks set to join the recent openings of The Highfield and The Edgbaston in really raising the game for Edgbaston in the battle for the foodies. Due to open spring.

130 Colmore Row

The latest and top secret venture from the Lasan team. Joining the successful three venues already bringing in great reviews, venue four promises great things. Aktar is keeping tight lipped about what we can expect and some of the rumours are very mouth watering indeed. I suspect we will see something different and new to Brum.

Slug & Lettuce – Harborne High Street.

Not really a lot to say about this. Normally I would not give the opening of a Slug & Lettuce much attention, but as it is replacing The Old Proverbial on the High Street, I for one think this is actually good news.

Cosy Club – Bennetts Hill.

So after months of speculation and rumour as to who had signed up for the former Midland Bank on Bennetts Hill, it has been revealed that The Loungers (of Arco Lounge, Loco Lounge etc) won the race.

ZiZi’s – Brindley Place

Another location for the growing Italian chain. A drinks licence application has been sought for 3 Brindley Place so we can expect this to join their Mailbox location in the City Centre.

So get saving the pennies and planning your nights out!

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Hail to the Bus Driver – The Drinks Bus Hits the Road

Hail to the bus driver,Out In Brum - The Drinks Bus - Front
bus driver, bus driver,
Hail to the bus driver,
bus driver-man.
He drinks and he smokes
and he tells dirty jokes.
Hail to the bus driver,
bus driver-man.

And that bus driver is of course Ahmed Kage, the man who has previously brought you Rib Nights and UK Burger Battle.  He now brings to you The Drinks Bus, an open top double decker 1977 Bristol bus that’s been fully converted to be a working bar.

Out In Brum - The Drinks Bus - In the sunThe bus comprises of a full dispensing bar downstairs with 20 taps (including real ale) along with a versatile open top deck. The top deck comes with its own separate bar area and wooden floor, with options of seating and tables. This can also be converted to a stage area for exclusive live performances.  The bus is available to hire fully stocked and staffed, or for dry hire, and will be making its way to events over the year so you can try a cocktail or real ale.

Spokesperson for The Drinks Bus, Ahmed Kage said “We can’t wait to get The Drinks Bus out on the road this year! It’s the ultimate bespoke bar for events and celebrations, with a great drink selection available and a fantastic open top area to enjoy this summer! Anyone who sees the bus is going to want to be on it!”Out In Brum - The Drinks Bus - Pumps

Further information on The Drinks Bus can be found at www.thedrinksbus.com and you can follow on Twitter @thedrinksbus and on Facebook www.facebook.com/TheDrinksBus

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Bar Opus

Out In Brum - Bar Opus - InteriorIt has until recently been a bit tricky for the city’s professionals to find a place for post-work drinks. Yes there have been plenty of pubs in the business district, but they’re of the sticky carpet variety generally. Over the past eighteen months though we’ve had open three super venues that offer something for everyone from the secretary to the CEO – Pure for craft lagers and beers and an airy industrial loft feel, Bureau for fancy cocktails and architectural glory, and now Bar Opus for wine, beer, dinner, and chic decor. From the team that brought you Restaurant Opus and Café Opus, Bar Opus is a fashionable addition to the business district offering food and drink from dawn to dusk, and onwards to bedtime. We’ve done some very thorough (hic hic) research on the bar, and the food menu so thought it was time we filled you in.

Let’s start with Breakfast. We cycled in to town one cold Saturday morning in December toOut In Brum - Bar Opus - Breakfast meet the Bike To Breakfast bunch to have a fry up. I ordered the full English (£9.50), obviously. The fried egg was gooey and seasoned with glistening sea salt crystals, and the tomato and mushroom were tasty (and they’d cored the tomato which is a big tick, I don’t understand chefs who insist on serving me tomato core – who wants to eat that!). The main event though of the full English was the bacon, a fairly hunky slice of gammon that had a lovely smoky bacon flavour. It also came with two types of sausage, one with brown sauce in it which I particularly liked, one with black pudding. We thought the toast was a bit disappointing but we’ve been told since by recent patrons that we should now expect lovely artisan stuff. We also tried the poached haddock brûlée (£8.50), a cheesy creamy sauce with smoky chunks of haddock and a golden grilled top.

Throughout the day there are a variety of dishes on offer including devilled kidneys (£7.50), slow braised pig cheeks (£10.50), and crab linguine (£12.95). In to the evening Out In Brum - Bar Opus - Haddock Bruleeyou can nip in and as well as the normal menu you can have a sharing plate, meat (£14.50), fish, and veggie. We stopped by for snacks with friends and tried the blue cheese arancini (balls of risotto breaded and golden fried) with a hot mustard dip (which my friend thought was too hot, but I’m sure they could offer something else if asked). We also had the sliders (mini burgers), and a meat sharer plate. All good. Chef Gareth will be happy to advise what specials are on, and the lovely waiting staff including Sofia will serve you even if you’re being a prize pillock (yes, tipsy obnoxious businessmen who were sat at the kitchen bar, I’m talking to you).

Obviously after a hectic day in the office, or Saturday shopping, a drink or two is required. Out In Brum - Bar Opus - CocktailsThey won’t disappoint, whether it’s a cool Bar Opus lager, a glass of wine from the wide selection, or a fancy cocktail from the list or made specially by head barman Sam. They are also one of the few venues that now serve the local Langley’s No. 8 Gin which has hit the global spirits market by storm getting a 4.5/5 from Gifford’s. They have a range of homemade syrups and infusions for your own special cocktail to be invented – maybe a seven layered tall drink with candy cane pink syrup. Some of the cocktails we had have been really super and easily some of the prettiest in town, do try and go off menu for something really exciting. While you’re spending you can also save by Out In Brum - Bar Opus - Slidersgetting one of the Bar Opus loyalty cards, and ours is already mounting pounds.

There are a number of places that I classify as my favourites and this one has already made the list. Well done Irene, Ann, and David for pulling off another successful venue.

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Bike to Birmingham’s Best Breakfast

Bike To Breakfast - Canalside rideFor the past year Simon Steggles, aka Steggs, and also known to some of you on twitter as @Stegabyte, has been on a quest to find Birmingham’s Best Breakfast.  Ceaselessly he’s cycled, along with his band of usually merry but often bicycling-reluctant friends, from Sutton to the city centre to try out breakfast venues.  Actually, the Bike To Breakfast gang, (find them on facebook here) includes not just Suttonites but also some who cycle from Harborne and the Jewellery Quarter, and they’re all keen for more people to join them for Saturday morning trips for breakfast in the city centre wherever they may be cycling from.  If you’re interested get in touch with them on twitter here @biketobreakfast.

Sometimes the trips have been more exciting than they really needed to be, with falls and scrapes, an accidental dip in the canal (ahem, Mr. Pope), a car crash outside an eatery, and two gentleman caught in flagrante delicto on one of the lesser used canal towpaths (what was the cry Steggs? “Morning boys!” – you’re nothing if not polite).  Some of the breakfasts have also been “interesting”, and not necessarily in a good way.

While some of the group have rather exotic tastes in breakfasts (you know, poached eggs, fish, and the like), Steggs has been searching for the perfect full English, comprising bacon, sausage, egg, and at least two of the following: fried bread, toast, beans, tomatoes, black pudding, white pudding,  mushrooms.  Extra points to those venues who manage to serve the beans in a separate ramekin so Stegs doesn’t have to build a bean dam, and to venues who’ll supply jam for “breakfast pudding” when there’s toast left (ahem, Mrs. Pope).

He’s tried every price point, every area of the city centre, every dodgy cabby’s eatery, and has come up with this list.  There’s a hair’s breadth between some of the better venues but his current absolute favourite is The High Field in Edgbaston, closely followed by the Deli in Boldmere and Yorks Bakery Café in the city centre.  Always on the lookout for an even better breakfast, do tweet @biketobreakfast any ideas for a meet up with some good grub.

If you’re stuck for breakfast ideas then checkout Steggs’ list here, for the good, the bad, and the just plain awful.  Scores are shown out of 10 and are Steggs’ assessment, we’d encourage you to try them for yourselves!

Name Cost Score Cleanliness Ambience
Brewsmiths   7  7  7
 Bike to Breakfast - Brewsmiths  A small breakfast with unusual sliced raw tomatoes, (which I quite liked), a square sausage. Rather unusually, I ended up with wooden cutlery – they had run out of the metal stuff! Very pleasant!
Brookvale Café £4.95 7 5 6
 Bike to Breakfast - Brookvale Cafe Classic workers café – good breakfast. Included coffee. Brilliant value.
BTP Café £7.25 8 4 7
 Bike To Breakfast - BTP Superb – but could have been cleaner – tables were not clean at 9:00am (seemed to be from the night before)?
Café Opus   6 9 8
 Cafe Opus Eggs Benedict The breakfast was good, but it was served luke warm.
Centenary Lounge (Moor Street Station) £5.95 3 7 5
 Bike to Breakfast - Centenary Square Really bad. It took ages and wasn’t good. The guy that invited us to breakfast here apologised!
Edgebaston Deli   1 9 8
  A lovely place , however without question, the worst service I have experienced. After a complaint about one of the eggs being hard, the chef came out of the kitchen and used his Chefs knife to cut the egg open, at the table and tell us that the customer was wrong. Sadly, he wasn’t the rudest member of staff, that was the waitress. Truly awful eating experience. Sadly for them, the food was really good. I wont be going back.
Fig and Olive (Sutton/Tamworth)   8 9 7
 Bike to Breakfast - Fig and Olive Great breakfast – but for the hard poached egg. Lovely setting. Quality ingredients. Bizarrely, it’s set in a garden centre?!
Food With Benefits   2 3 4
 Bike To Breakfast - Food With Benefits Barely luke warm. I was slightly confused that I may have been ill afterwards. Lots of this breakfast was left by me and Harry, (son). We bought a bacon baguette afterwards. Without question, the worst breakfast in Birmingham.
Highfield Edgebaston £9.50   10 9
 Bike to Breakfast - The Highfield Brilliant. Simple as that. I think this is the best breakfast in Birmingham.
JuJu’s Café £8.50 8 9 8
 Bike To Breakfast - Ju Ju's Breakfast is excellent but a very long wait every time I have been there. EVERYTHING is extra – be careful!
Lunchi   6 7 5
 Bike To Breakfast - Lunchi Mediocre. A good portion, but a broken egg ruined it for me.
Moseley Street Café £4.95 7 6 6
 Bike To Breakfast - Moseley Street Cafe Classic Greasy spoon. Great breakfast, lovely staff. Cheap ingredients – but you know what you are getting.
Packington Moor Farm £7.25 8 8 9
 Bike To Breakfast - Packington Moor Farm Great breakfast, let down by cheap bread (should be thick cut toast).
Pype Hayes Café   2 1 2
 Bike to Breakfast - Pype Hayes Cafe Classic Greasy Spoon – but filthy.
Rico Libre (Digbeth) £4.20 5 5 4
 Bike to Breakfast - Rico Libre Apparently, this is a good tapas place at night. For breakfast, it was mediocre. Lots of swearing coming from the kitchen.
Riland Café (Sutton Coldfield) £5.00 8 7 6
 Bike to Breakfast - Riland Cafe A great greasy spoon. If you are hungry, this is the place for you. £5.00 includes toast, fried bread, egg, beans, tomatos, black pudding sausages and bacon AND a mug of tea or coffee!
Star Café (Digbeth)   4 5 4
 Bike to Breakfast - Star Cafe Digbeth Only had a bacon and egg sandwich, (was an Eritrean/Ethiopian café selling hair products!)
The Balcony Bar (Selfridges) £10.00 9 10 8
 Bike To Breakfast - The Balcony Brilliant – and not as expensive as I expected. One of the best in Birmingham.
The Deli In Boldmere £6.00 9 9 9
 Out In Brum - The Deli In Boldmere - Montage I may be slightly biased, as this is one of my favourite places. The breakfast : brilliant!  Arguably the best value, quality breakfast in Birmingham!
The Drome £4.50 6 4 5
 Bike to Breakfast - The Drome Cafe Classic Greasy spoon. Great breakfast, ‘efficient’ staff. Cheap ingredients – but you know what you are getting.
The Floating Coffee Co   3 3 3
 Bike To Breakfast - Floating Coffee Co Awful – but you are on a boat! Bad service, cheap ingredients, just not good.
The Lord Clifden UAB £5.95 8 7 8
 Bike To Breakfast - The Lord Clifden Great breakfast. Set in a pub, but its still a great breakfast – the steak option was superb!
The Red Lion UAB £5.95 8 7 8
 Bike to Breakfast - The Red Lion UAB Great breakfast. Great price. It’s a pub, but don’t let that put you off.
Traditional Café and Coffee Shop £4.50 7 7 5
 Bike to Breakfast - Traditional Cafe Good value breakfasts, spotlessly clean.
Victoria Square Cafe £5.00 6 6 5
 Bike to Breakfast - Victoria Square Cafe Its slap bang in the centre of Birmingham City Centre, right next to the ‘Floozy in the Jacuzzi’. Its a greasy spoon, serving a mediocre Full English for £5.00. 2 of us ate, we both ordered the same thing, mine came with mushrooms, my friend’s didn’t? Go figure!?
Yorks Bakery Café   9 9 9
 Bike to Breakfast - Yorks Bakery Cafe A great breakfast served in a pan with separate home made baked beans and sour dough bread. Superb.
Yumm Café   4 8 8
 Bike to Breakfast - Yumm Cafe Generally very good, but occasional let downs.


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Preview: Marmalade at The Rep

10365796_839281289450877_1179466511206916649_nWith six hugely successful venues already across Birmingham, and a recent first foray out of the second city to Worcester with their popular South American Cantina brand of Bodega, Bitters ‘n’ Twisted have finally announced the some details of their newest venue and possibly their most ambitious yet.10931476_845556795489993_4214873394237392400_n

Due to open in February 2015 in The Rep at Centenary Square, Matt and the team hope to succeed where Searcys didn’t by offering a totally different experience for the location.

10906220_845556958823310_3266046639025921018_n Marmalade will be offering bistro style dining with pre-theatre menus being pitched at a pocket friendly £15.95 for 2 courses or £19.95 for 3 courses. Other promised options include bar snacks and light lunches and of course being Bitters ‘n’ Twisted behind this, there will obviously be a range of cocktails available as well as craft bottled beers, local ales and a selection of wines.

10389129_845556998823306_1849404924030525909_nSearcys had previously offered a fairly high-end dining experience at The Rep but pulled out of their contract back in July 2014, closing the doors at the end of August. Marmalade is a much more relaxed affair and from the artists impressions promises the kind of unique eclectic mix of lush curtaining, random mixes of wooden furniture and seating styles that only an independent is likely to try. If their other seven venues are anything to go by, they should definitely pull it off.

You can follow Marmalade at www.twitter.com/marmaladebham to keep up to date with their progress and the opening date.

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