Gavino’s Italian

Out In Brum - Gavino's - Prawn and AvocadoWe wouldn’t normally head to Wylde Green for dinner, it’s not known for its culinary excellence.  Our friends however said we must try the 80’s dining experience that is Gavino’s Italian Restaurant, promising Cinzano and melon boats aplenty.  Understand though that this wasn’t a theme night at this local eatery, but rather a restaurant so stuck in the past that “avocado” comes with the suffix “pear” and where I could probably get an Orange Juice Starter if I were so inclined.

Having holidayed in Italy a few times, and enjoyed some wonderful Italian food around Birmingham over the years, I’m not an Italian food novice.  Mediterranean food tends to exploit and showcase the wonderful sun drenched produce and fruits of the ocean.  Gavino’s merely mourned its passing.

Out In Brum - Gavino's - Scallops AsapragusWhen we arrived we were shown sternly to a meanly proportioned table and overly heavy chairs, overlooked by ancient looking dusty chianti bottles in their straw cases.  On googling, I have found that these bottles are called “fiasco”, which is rather apt given how the rest of the evening proceeded.

There were a fair number of people in the restaurant, many of them glumly sat in probably the same position they have each week, I hear it’s somewhat of a favourite for many.  We’re not a very lairy bunch but we do have fun and laugh at the dinner table.  The waiter looked aghast as we chattered and giggled, I suspect he was unused to the sight of people enjoying themselves.

For starters, despite the obvious draw of the Prosciutto e Melone (“Galia melon covered in thinly sliced ham”, £5.50), I opted for the Avocado e Gamberetti (“Avocado pear with baby prawns garnished with marie rose sauce”, £4.95).  The avocado was ripe at least.  The meagre portion of prawns was deluged with a marie rose sauce freshly squeezed from a Out In Brum - Gavino's - Beefbottle, leaving an unattractive pattern reminding me of lugworm casts on the beach.  We also tried the Capesante Prosciutto e Asparagi (scallops with prosicutto and asparagus, £6.95).  The scallops were so embarrassed by how overcooked they were they’d pulled a sheet of crisp prosciutto over themselves.  When dropped from a height of six inches on to the plate they managed a respectable three-inch bounce.  None of the other starters fared better.

For my main, I ordered veal “fried with demi-glass (sic), Marsala wine and black pepper” (£14.95).  The sauce tasted not unlike the chocolate sauce used on ice cream cones.  I’m not sure whether that was chef’s intention or whether he’d cocked up the labelling on the Out In Brum - Gavino's - Lasagnademi-glace.  I fear some people may have ended up with vanilla ice cream and veal sauce.  I thought the price point was high given that no sides at all come with it.  Just a bit of veal on a plate.  We added a greasy and limp zucchini fritti.

The Lasagna (£12.95) and Spaghetti Bolognese (£11.95) tasted of unseasoned beef mince and uncooked tomato.  The calamari (£13.95) which promised “fresh squid rings deep fried” tasted of yesterday’s sunflower oil and looked like they were freezer to fryer from Iceland.  The beef fillet (£17.95) (“8oz beef fillet steak, pan fried and cooked in a madeira wine and demi-glass, topped with pate and served on round toasted bread”) was fine, though they’d drowned it in sauce that had an unpleasant maroon colour.

We declined pudding and the Harvey’s Bristol Cream digestif and legged it to The Butler’s Arms for cheese instead.

Special mention must go out to the poor building extension they’ve had done which has left an opening window from the toilet in to the corridor.  You couldn’t make it up…

In summary: surly waiters, poor quality food, at a too-high price point.  Best avoided.

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Canal Square – Fine Indian Dining

Out In Brum - Canal Square - ExteriorHaving been brought up a couple of miles from Lye High Street, which for thirty years now has had over a dozen Indian eateries on it’s short half mile stretch, I’ve always been used to having tasty and cheap Indian food.  In fact if I had to pick a Desert Island Dish, it would probably be a balti, with a fluffy soft naan bread.  Given my penchant for poppadums, I was pleased to discover new restaurant Canal Square, in the unit previously occupied by Loves Restaurant, just five minutes from Brindley Place on foot and right next to JuJu’s Cafe.  So pleased in fact that we’ve been twice in two weeks.

Out In Brum - Canal Square - InteriorWe’ve a few fine dining Indian restaurants in Brum – Lasan and Pushkar to name two of my favourites.  Canal Square brings a similar offering, but with a better view, overlooking the old canal line at Sherborne Wharf.  The glass frontage, covered by the building overhang, will be perfect in the summer for sitting out with a beer or cocktail post dinner.

Harvey Bains, restaurant owner and maître d’, is charming and chatty, and full of energy for his new restaurant.  He was very accommodating for us, offering changes to dishes to make them spicier or with more sauce (because I like “wet” food).  They’re in soft launch mode so have done little marketing so far, we only heard about it from a friend who lives almost opposite.

At the moment they’re running their à la carte menu and a special opening carte d’hôte, £20 for a pre-starter, starter, main, and side.  We’ve eaten from both menus now.  As a Out In Brum - Canal Square - Paneer Starter‘pre-starter’ you can opt for the traditional poppadum with chutney, or for a number of other more interesting offerings.  I liked the gobi (cauliflower) pakora, which was delicately spiced and lightly battered, but the Golgappe (£3) were a burst of flavour I will probably repeat each time I go.  Golgappe  are bitesize spherical shells, with a hole in the top, stuffed with a little spiced chickpea mixture, and served with coriander and mint water and spiced tomato to pour on top of the chickpeas before crunching them in one bite.  A great mix of crunchy shell, soft warm chickpeas, and cool zingy sauce.

For starter I chose the  duo of paneer.  The creamy Indian cheese was served beautifully on a glass plate, a chilli infused paneer in sauce, and crispy paneer pakora, with beetroot Out In Brum - Canal Square - Mainsribbon decoration.  We also tried the tandoori chicken starter which was succulent and tasty.  For mains we had the butter chicken, which was mild and creamy, with light notes of ginger and garlic, the spicy kadai lamb, and karahi chicken.  The flavours of the individual spices came through and the level of chilli heat was spot on.  We shared naan and rice on the side.  Drinks options are good and we drank Kingfisher (obviously) and a crisp bottle of Picpoul de Pinet.

It’s a curiosity that Indian cuisine describes its dishes by the utensil used to cook them: kadai, karahi, balti, tandoor are all cooking containers of one kind or another.  We don’t seem to do this with the food of other nationalities.  There’s no ‘frying pan chicken’, ‘deep fat frier fish’, or ‘wok beef’.  I suppose we might put ‘pan fried’ on something.  Anyway, I digress.

Canal Square offers a chef’s table in the kitchen, which I think is a unique offering for a Birmingham Indian restaurant.  They also have a private banquet room for that special occasion, and offer a seven course taster menu.

With pre-starter, starter, main, sides, lager, and wine, dinner will probably cost you around £30 a head here, though the 7 course taster is £67 per head if you want to splash out.  Yes there are lots of cheaper Indian restaurants, but they’re simply not as good in terms of flavours, service, and presentation.  I think it’s an ideal place for a date, romantic dinner, or meal with friends.

Very enjoyable, give it a go.





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We seem to be going a bit Jewellery Quarter mad lately. Virtually all of this year’s newout-in-brum-syriana-exterior venues have opened that side of the city. It’s fair to say though that not all of the JQ is as salubrious as the rest. Our latest foray there was to Syriana restaurant specialising in Syrian and Lebanese food. It’s in one of the most beautiful, if run-down, buildings in the city on Constitution Hill, just half a mile down from alternative gastro pubs The Church and The Lord Clifden, both of which are worth a trip if you’ve not already been.

Even if you don’t like the food, the building is worth a visit, shaped like New York’s well known Flatiron building but with considerably more Victorian pomp and beauty. Built in 1896 as works and offices for die sinkers H B Sale (who are still trading just a few hundred metres from this original building) the red brick and terracotta palace was erected as a memorial to Lord Roberts of Kandahar, Commander in Chief of the British Empire. It’s now Grade II listed, though I fear its glory won’t be with us forever as it has a long list of repairs required. More info on the building if you want it is available on Wikipedia here.

out-in-brum-syriana-interiorWe’d booked a table for six people but when we arrived we were given a table that barely seated four. Given that four of our six diners were built like rugby props, we asked to be moved to a larger table. At least it got us in to the “asking” mode, for we spent the evening asking multiple times for the food, the drinks, and the bill. After we were seated about an hour passed before any food arrived. In that time we’d been to the bar about four times as no table service was forthcoming for drinks. We were drinking “Beirut” pilsner, which was fine. The staff were friendly but largely unhelpful having no English at all, or being so rushed off their feet that they did’t have time to serve us.out-in-brum-syriana-starters

Eventually our starters arrived. We had Wara Enab (vine leaves stuffed with tomato, rice, parsley and mint), Muhammar (a dip of flame grilled red peppers, almonds, chillies, and garlic), deep fried Falafel. We also had a super smokey baba ganoush which tasted as smoky as a Laphroaig. I enjoyed all of the starters, despite the wait. Nothing was bad, nothing was exceptional, but at £4 a dish that’s not surprising.

Mains were less than mediocre. My grilled chicken was dry, and a dish of minced lamb with a cheese crust was greasy and unpleasant looking. It reminded me of one of those dishes Gordon Ramsey drags out of a freezer and loses his temper about at some awful US restaurant.out-in-brum-syriana-main

The Baklawa for dessert was nice, and very cheap, just £3.

Mains are about a tenner so with a couple of drinks, two courses and a main you can dine here for £25 a head. Had the service have been better, the experience overall may have been worth repeating, especially as there are other dishes on the menu that I’d like to try. So I propose you guys go try it and let us know how you get on before we return!


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The Pig & Tail

As we pointed out recently, the Jewellery Quarter seems to finally be finding its feet withOut In Brum - Pig & Tail - Exterior new and exciting venues opening all over it, and not just on St. Paul’s Square.  We’ve already given you a review of basement cocktail bar Downstairs, Thousand Trades, and Ana Rocha (read it here), and since then The Button Factory has opened (in the building previously occupied by Vertu bar) and we’ve tried the new offering from Pickled Piglet Chef Proprietor Mark and his wife Chrissy – The Pig & Tail.  They’ve converted the dilapidated George and Dragon in to a classy pub with relaxed food and service.Out In Brum - Pig & Tail - Interior

The interior is cozy with metals, woods, and leather offering somewhere to hunker down in the colder months with a beer, some food, and good friends.  There’s also a bright walled courtyard in which to sit to enjoy the sun with a beer and a bite to eat.  The old pub windows have been restored and from the street the Grade II listed building fits in with its Victorian neighbours.

When Mark and Chrissy’s first city centre venue, The Pickled Piglet, opened on Gas Street,Out In Brum - Pig & Tail - Small Plate 2 we were massive fans – in fact while we lived in the city centre it became somewhat of a weekly dinner jaunt for small plates and a pint. It opened just on the cusp of a hoard of openings. Literally dozens of new venues have opened while the Piglet has been finding its feet and a big base of loyal customers. It’s without surprise therefore that The Pig & Tail has opened already feeling professional and with it.

Despite us being difficult customers and ordering a couple of dozen small plates, the service was very friendly and competent. Our order probably wasn’t entirely balanced as Out In Brum - Pig & Tail - Small Plate 5we just said “we’ll have that section and that section of small plates”. It is possible to get a balanced meal here, but on an afternoon with friends and much beer, we went for meatier and higher carb options!

The glazed beef fillet medallions (£8) were so tender and tasty I could eat some right now. I loved the arancini (£4), golden breadcrumbed crispy balls of risotto with sweet peas and heady fresh mint, and they’d be a perfect snack with a pint. Slow cooked pork belly (£7) was gooey and mouthwatering, with a soy, honey, and mirin dressing, like a grown-up sweet and sour. Amongst many other dishes we also tried the cheeseburger (£6) (having about an eighth each), and it was really Out In Brum - Pig & Tail - Courtyardgreat, with succulent pork pattie and top class cheese. Reviewing that list has made me want a pint and a nibble! We finished by sharing a strawberry sorbet, clotted cream ice cream, and meringue pudding (£6), which was totally summery.

You can’t book a table here, you have to turn up and hope. However there are a lot of tables indoors, and if the weather is nice the beer garden is a lovely place to eat.

Definitely a Saturday afternoon watering hole if there ever was one, and perfect for an after work bite to eat too.

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The Butchers’ Social – Henley-in-Arden

Few places in Birmingham attracted such an immediate cult following as The Butchers’Out In Brum - Butchers Social Henley-in-Arden - Frontage Social in Harborne did. Within weeks of Chefs Jamie and Mike getting the keys to the closed Walter Smith’s butcher’s shop on the high street in April ’15, they managed to set up pallet made furniture and threw open the doors to the public to drink local ales and curated shorts and to eat fried chicken wings and beautifully presented brunches and dinners. By the time the summer came round, just a couple of months after opening, it was the norm that we couldn’t get a table at peak times! That’s testament to the food Jamie and Mike are capable of, and their deftness at dealing with customers. It was with great personal sadness that they closed the doors permanently on their Harborne pop-up on New Year’s day ’16.

Out In Brum - Butchers Social Henley-in-Arden - LoungeThat of course though wasn’t the end of the story… Chef Jamie Desogus remains at the
Harborne venue, and is undertaking an ambitious rebuild to open what will no doubt be a wonderful full service restaurant with bar in the autumn under the Harborne Kitchen name. Some of you will be familiar with that as the pair ran it as a pop-up in the city centre at the the Butchers in Harborne. We reviewed it here.

Chef Mike Bullard has taken the Butchers’ Social brand to chichi town Henley-in-Arden, which is becoming somewhat of a foodie haven on the outskirts of the Midlands conurbation. Trains run hourly from Snow Hill and take around 30 minutes to get there, Out In Brum - Butchers Social Henley-in-Arden - Barwith just a five minute walk the other end. The new Butchers’ Social is just next door to The Bluebell (review here) which we really like, and opposite Simpson’s former head chef Matt Cheal’s new restaurant, eponymously named Cheal’s of Henley.

The new Butchers’ Social (Mike has still stuck with that misplaced apostrophe) has opened in the venue formerly housing Matricardis. Mike has big plans for the interior, which has probably around 70 covers presently, and the large and attractive outdoor space. Though Mike only got the keys last Wednesday he’s already offering a Out In Brum - Butchers Social Henley-in-Arden - Mac and Cheesemenu. We went along at the end of brunch and at the start of dinner so ate off both menus.

The truffled mac and cheese (£6) was rich and creamy with a deep truffle flavour, and was served with parmesan crisps, onion granola, and basil leaves. The granola served to add a crunch to the soft pasta and sauce. I had the mackerel (£7) which was served with pickled radish and carrot and a hazelnut pesto. The fish tasted very fresh and was served as a dainty and pretty plate of food, with the pickles cutting through the flavour of the rich fish. We also had a half kilo of the salted Out In Brum - Butchers Social Henley-in-Arden - Mackerelcaramel chicken wings (£6), which were a firm favourite at the original Butchers’ Social. They were predictably great – sweet salty caramel sauce covered crisp and tender golden chicken with bits of salty bacon and sweet honeycomb. We had a couple of pints of Sam Adams lager and Whitstable Bay IPA with our lunch, Mike has a good selection of beer already and has big plans for the bar offering.

I suspect that The Butchers’ Social Henley-in-Arden will be as successful a venture as the Out In Brum - Butchers Social Henley-in-Arden - WingsHarborne restaurant. With it being only a fiver return on the train from the city centre, and with prices that are very wallet friendly, it’s certainly somewhere we shall be visiting.

Good luck to Mike and his team, we look forward to seeing what you do with the space over the coming months.


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The Wilderness (née Nomad)

Out In Brum - The Wilderness - The ShorelineAfter a legal spat about naming rights with a restaurant of the same name some three-thousand miles away, Chef Proprietor Alex Claridge’s Nomad Restaurant and his similarly named projects shut down, immediately reopening as The Wilderness. His restaurant hasn’t moved from its unobtrusive location on quirky Dudley Street, though the interior did get a bit of a refit including a coppice worth of trees and a ton of moss.

Alex and his Head Chef Brian Smith have worked on a number of projects together over recent years from no-price-tag pop-up crazy “no rules” events, gin tastings, breakfast for the Birmingham Breakfast Club including Out In Brum - The Wilderness - Scallopssome unexpected invertebrate ingredients, and more (including a pop-up where the oven stopped working and I had my dinner cooked on a pair of panini presses).

The Wilderness team have also just opened a pop-up on the ground floor of Selfridges Birmingham where you can go for some “tapas”, for a quick lunch, or for a cocktail – but that’s for another chapter.

By now I’m hoping you’re getting a feel that Alex is a little bit off-the-wall. In a good way. Out In Brum - The Wilderness - Forest and FieldYou won’t be surprised then that the food he and Brian produce is full of unusual ingrediants (e.g. embers, meadowsweet, melilot). It is however still fairly classic cookery, just with presentational twists. In the second incarnation of this permanent restaurant I think the team are now producing dishes with more finesse, and are presenting a more coherent menu. There’s a plan to increase the space in both the restaurant and the kitchen which could take it even further.

A few weeks ago we attended a birthday dinner there for a friend, and took the full tastingOut In Brum - The Wilderness - The Picnic 2009 menu (£50) with the drinks flight (for the uninitiated that’s a different drink with each course, £30). Chapter one, “The Shoreline – Evening to Dusk” included a first dish of pea, pickled onion, potato, mackerel, served like a rock on a shoreline complete with pink plastic-looking edible flotsam. This was followed by a juicy hand-dived Orkney scallop cooked and served in lightly bitter embers, with caviar. Chapter two “The Forest and the Field” comprised beautiful pink lamb, peppery nasturtium flowers and beans from the team’s allotment, and forest and sea herbs.

Chapter three, “The Picnic 2009”, included three courses. The first included a signature ingredient of wood ant, lemony tasting crunchy ants theatrically marching towards a creamy cheddar brûlée with many flowers, again from Out In Brum - The Wilderness - Oh Bollocks - a dropped 99their own allotment. Accompanying this course was Black Cow Vodka, made from cheese whey. We then moved on to a pre-dessert of “Jammy Dodgers” which were tasty suite and crunchy à la their namesakes. The final course – “Oh Bollocks” – was a “dropped” 99 ice cream, including a cone, flake, and gooey strawberry sauce.

This is a light-hearted playful place to eat, with interesting and competent cooking, and attentive fine service. It isn’t super formal, so if you’re after that then try one of the many other restaurants we now have offering it, it’s a place to come and smile as you dine at the tongue in cheek jokes from the chefs.

Personally, I’ve never got over THAT carrot…

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Rare Chance to See & Dine Upon ‘FLYING SCOTSMAN’ Whilst In Steam in Birmingham



Birmingham’s vibrant history and buzzing culture will be celebrated this September as Birmingham Heritage Week takes over the city again. This year the week will see the world’s most famous steam locomotive, ‘Flying Scotsman’ visit Tyseley Loco Works for the public to view.


Following on from its mammoth overhaul and successful inaugural run, the locomotive is scheduled to be on display in Tyseley from Friday 16th through Sunday 18th September. The locomotive is on loan courtesy of the National Railway Museum.

4936_4965_4953_brw_v-950x525‘Flying Scotsman’ will join the Tyseley-based fleet of steam locomotives including ‘Clun Castle’, ‘Earl of Mount Edgcumbe’ and the stalwart of the ‘Shakespeare Express’, ‘Rood Ashton Hall’. The ‘Shakespeare Express’ is Birmingham’s own steam train service that operates on summer Sundays between Birmingham Snow Hill and Stratford-upon-Avon, now in its eighteenth year of continuous operation.

The Flying Scotsman visit is part of over 170 events taking place during Birmingham Heritage Week, with many of them free for the public to enjoy. Visitors will be able to explore venues that are rarely open to the public, enjoy interactive storytelling, take part in workshops and discover Birmingham’s hidden gems on guided tours.


Highlights of the week include seeing what lies beneath Snow Hill station on a tour with Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces, an illustrated talk with Carl Chinn, a dark discovery of the streets of Digbeth with ‘Peaky Tours’ and learning how J.R.R. Tolkien was inspired by Sarehole Mill. A full list of events is online here.
For train lovers, not only will the public be able to see ‘Flying Scotsman’ in steam in all its glory, but there will be a limited number of tickets available to climb onto the footplate to view the driver and fireman’s controls, then walk through the tender corridor and into the passenger carriage coupled behind.

Many of the Tyseley collection of locomotives will be in steam and on display, giving shuttle rides, turntable demonstrations and the locomotive cavalcade. Trade & society stalls and refreshment stands will be available.

Full Details of the three day event, admission prices and instructions for the purchase of tickets can be found at
For full details about Birmingham Heritage Week please visit or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @BHeritageWeek

‘Flying Scotsman’ at Tyseley Event Details:
Full Details of the three day event, admission prices and instructions for the purchase of tickets can be found at
Flying Scotsman Footplate Tour and Tender-Walk Experience
Scotsman-Corridor-NoelH-2-1024x768-768x576Climb onto Flying Scotsman’s footplate and walk THROUGH the Tender! No it’s not a class in wizardry, but you will get the rare opportunity to walk (or rather crouch) through the corridor that connects Flying Scotsman’s footplate with the passenger carriages coupled behind. After a tour and explanation of the footplate, you will get to experience the unique corridor that was reserved by traincrew whilst swapping shifts on the move at over 100mph! You will not be moving, however the loco will be in steam so do not wear your Sunday best – you WILL get dirty!
Tickets to view ‘Flying Scotsman’ and the other steam locomotives based at Tyseley MUST be purchased in advance online; there will be NO tickets for purchase at the gate either in advance or on the day. There are only a limited number of tickets available, so please book now to avoid disappointment.

Pullman Dining Experience:
To complete your experience, why not book a meal in our Pullman Dining Coaches? On Friday afternoon, we are offering an Afternoon Tea, Saturday an all-day breakfast and Sunday our Traditional 3-Course Sunday Roast.
Friday Afternoon Tea for Two – £35
For two people, includes Sandwiches, Quiche, Selection of Cream Pastries and Scones with lashings of Strawberry Jam & Devon Clotted Cream. Tea and Coffee is also included. There is a choice of two seating times, 2pm or 4pm.
Saturday All Day Breakfast – £10 per person
Includes a Full English Breakfast or Smokes Salmon & Scrambles Eggs, serviced with Toast, Croissants, Orange Juice, Tea and Coffee. Seating is throughout the day.
Sunday Roast Luncheon for Two – £45
For two people, includes a choice of starter, Traditional British Roast Beef with all the trimmings followed by desert, tea and coffee. There is a choice of two seating times, 12noon or 2pm.
Booking Details:
Details of the three day event, admission prices and instructions for the purchase of tickets can be found at
General Admission tickets to view ‘Flying Scotsman’ and the other steam locomotives based at Tyseley MUST be purchased in advance online; there will be NO tickets for purchase at the gate either in advance or on the day.
There are only a limited number of tickets available, so please book now to avoid disappointment.
General Admission Tickets are £15 per Adult.
General Admission for Accompanied Children is FREE. (Unaccompanied Children will be charged at the Adult rate)
Admission to the ‘Scotsman Footplate & Tender-Walk Experience’ is £10 per person (Adults & Children alike) and must also be booked in advance. Note: A valid General Admission ticket is also required.
Dining aboard the Pullman Carriages also requires advance purchase. For meal choices and pricing please see the website. Note: A valid General Admission ticket is also required.
All tickets are sold online via . A per-ticket booking fee and credit card charges will apply.
Telephone Bookings can also be made through TicketSource on: 0333 666 3366. An additional booking fee of £1.50 per booking will apply.
Tickets must be shown and scanned prior to entry of Tyseley Loco Works. It is the purchasers’ responsibility to ensure they have a valid and scanable electronic or paper ticket. Failure to provide a valid ticket will result in admission being refused.
‘Flying Scotsman’ in on loan courtesy of the National Railway Museum

‘Flying Scotsman’ Fun Facts

  • Flying Scotsman’ refers to the steam locomotive; there is also a train service that operates to this day between London and Edinburgh called ‘The Flying Scotsman’.
  • The locomotive was built by the LNER (London & North Eastern Railway) in 1923, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley to operate on the East Coast Mainline.
  • The locomotive was a flagship for the LNER and represented the company at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1924 & 1925.
  • The locomotive was retired by British Railways in 1963 are covering 2.08 million miles
  • The locomotive is the worlds most travelled, having visited USA & Canada from 1969 to 1973 and Australia in 1988 & 1989.
  • The locomotive has been owned by many famous people in preservation, notably Alan Pegler, Sir William McAlpine and Pete Waterman.
  • In 2004, the National Railway Museum bought Flying Scotsman for £2.3 million. The appeal to keep No.4472 in Britain was supported by a £1.8 million grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the generosity of the public AND Sir Richard Branson.
  • The £4.2m restoration has also been undertaken with the help of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £275,000. The aim of the purchase has always been to operate Flying Scotsman as a working museum exhibit.
  • The locomotive returned to mainline running on 6th February 2016 after its most extensive overhaul since British Rail taking nearly 10 years to complete.
  • The locomotive enjoyed a very public inaugural run from London Kings Cross to York on 25thFebruary, 2016. The locomotive has drawn record crowds ever since.
  • Flying Scotsman is currently painted in late British Railways livery. It has also run in LNER ‘apple green’ and wartime ‘BR black’.
  • Flying Scotsman has visited Tyseley on many occasions in the past. Most notably 1969, 1992 & 2005.
  • After leaving Tyseley Locomotive Works, the loco will travel to the Severn Valley Railway and will be joined by new-build steam locomotive ‘Tornado’.
  • ‘Flying Scotsman’ is on loan courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
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