An Evening at Meating

MEATING Restaurant

I’ve never been one to turn down a discount, particularly when food is involved, so when I heard about the 50% discount that was being offered at Meating, a new restaurant at the Arcadian in Birmingham for their soft launch week, I was emailing them as fast as my little fingers could type.

I haven’t eaten at the Arcadian before (although I have indulged in many cocktail-fuelled dance and comedy evenings with friends there), so I was intrigued to see how well this new restaurant fit with the rest of the styles on offer.

It turns out, quite well in fact! In a relatively small place, they have created almost an industrial feel in their decor, although it looks a little bare at the minute, but The Bloke and I were warmly welcomed as soon as we walked through the door. Of course, the first thing I did was order a raspberry mojito – my standard for testing the quality of what to expect – and was given one of the best I’ve ever tasted. A good start! Continue reading

An Evening @ Rub Smokehouse, Birmingham

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Rub Smokehouse and Bar, Birmingham

I have always been a fan of anything that concerns food, so when I was invited to the media/press night at the new Rub Smokehouse & Bar in Birmingham last week, I was delighted. Created on the site of the former Living Room and above The Soloman Cutler at the bottom of Broad Street, Rub promised to deliver a whole range of food with it’s roots firmly in the American Deep South, with a wide range of cocktails to match.

And deliver it certainly did, being one of the best nights out I’ve had in ages. Continue reading

Brunch @ Gas Street Social

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Gas Street Social, The Mailbox

I love lazy Sunday mornings and eating beautiful food, so imagine my delight when I received an invitation to try the new brunch menu at Gas Street Social, a new bar and restaurant that has opened at The Mailbox, my favourite place in Birmingham. I’ve always wanted to be a ‘lady wot brunches,’ and The Bloke joined me on my little culinary adventure.

It was a highly satisfying experience from the moment we walked into the building. Clean, beautifully spaced with large sharing tables and booths, we were greeted by extremely friendly staff and immediately shown to a table with a gorgeous view of the canal. Along with Belini cocktails, we were given the option of choosing anything from the brunch menu, and there was so much to choose from – Full English, Full Vegetarian, eggs (Florentine, Benedict, Royale, poached, fried), sarnies made from local sour dough bread, pancakes, granola… I wasn’t sure how I would cope with drinking cocktails at 10.30am (normally I can just about handle one or two in the evening without falling off my chair), but I seemed to manage both mine and The Bloke’s (he doesn’t drink) very well. Perhaps I should contemplate cocktails more often on a Sunday morning?

We opted for the ‘Full’ breakfasts – swapping our food depending on what we liked, and I took advantage of the option of adding extras to our plates, requesting potatoes with my plate.

Full English, anyone?

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A breakfast Bellini cocktail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was also unlimited sour dough toast, complete with every topping possible – butter, peanut butter, marmalade, honey and Nutella, and my favourite thing of all, a ‘Rehydration Station,’ filled with cold pressed juices and flavoured waters, free milk for children and beautiful pastries and muffins. I’ve never seen anything like that before – it’s a brilliant idea and the way it was presented was so appealing that The Bloke had to remind me to show some sort of restraint and not take to whole table of food to myself…

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The ‘Rehydration Station’

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Unlimited toasted local sour dough bread

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of the food was beautiful – well cooked, well seasoned and well presented, the service was fast and efficient and our waitress was really friendly and had a lovely smile. The atmosphere was calm and relaxing, with music provided by a jazz trumpet/double bass duo and the whole experience was thoroughly enjoyable.

Want to pay them a visit? Gas Street Social isn’t just open for brunch – it is open from 11.00am – 1.00am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and from 11.00am – 11.00pm from Sundays to Wednesdays and there is a whole selection of foods to try for lunch and dinner.

You can find Gas Street Social’s website here:

http://www.gasstreetsocial.co.uk

Don’t forget to check out their Facebook page here and connect with them on Twitter: @GasStSocial

Disclosure: I was invited as a guest of Gas Street Social to try their Brunch Menu. All food and drink was complimentary, but this didn’t mean that I was under any obligation to provide any sort of promotion or review. This review is honest and my own.

A Glorious Weekend

image This weekend has been fabulous. The weather has been fantastic, I’ve had some lovely moments and I can’t believe it is over already! On Friday night I finished work and simply slept. I was shattered, and I’m desperately looking forward to next week being over so I can start my summer.

Saturday was spent shopping for a new dress. I found a beautiful black Warehouse dress that hides all my lumps and bumps, saw the Food Festival, and treated myself to a mango and passion fruit smoothie from Costa.

Today (Sunday), began by watching ‘Now You See Me,’ at the cinema. It was great, although it had one of those unfortunate plot twists that prevents you from watching the film again. Continue reading