An Evening at the Newly Revamped Marmalade Restaurant at The Rep

The Bloke and I were invited to the newly revamped Marmalade restaurant at The Rep in Birmingham last week.

The Marmalade team have been working closely with local businesses and artisan suppliers to provide customers with an all new dining experience that is inherently Brummie and combined with a new outdoor terrace that is capable of seating up to 200 people overlooking the recently developed Centenary Square, it is perfectly situated for both lazy summer lunches and date nights.

I liked the fact that the menus are environmentally conscious, utilising local suppliers with a focus on low environmental impact, including the use of heat exchange technology to reduce energy consumption and natural wetland systems. Continue reading

Gin Afternoon Tea at Marco Pierre White

Last week I was invited to sample the new ‘Gin & Tea’ afternoon tea at Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar and Grill at the top of the iconic ‘The Cube’ in Birmingham. I’ve visited the restaurant before (the chocolate mousse is amazing), and while I wouldn’t describe myself as a huge gin enthusiast, I was intruiged to see how it had been infused into the individual elements of the food.

One of the best features of the restaurant are the fabulous 360-degree views of the city from the 25th floor, so I was delighted when we were shown to a table with crisp, white linen and a window seat. We were the first to arrive for the start of service, and so it was a particularly quiet and relaxed atmosphere.

We were offered a Pink Gin cocktail (we both chose lemonade instead of tonic) made with Beefeater gin. The unexpected surprise was how much I actually enjoyed this – the gin wasn’t too strong and I liked the large glasses. Who knows? Perhaps I might now be a gin person? Continue reading

An Evening at Bohemian, Moseley

Bohemian Moseley

Those of you who follow the blog regularly will know that I like visiting new places, particularly if there are food and cocktails involved, so I was delighted when I was invited to the launch of the newly refurbished Bohemian Cocktail Bar + Kitchen in Moseley, during which I would be testing their new cocktail and food menu (I know, it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!).

I’d never been to Bohemian before, although I’ve heard many good things about it from friends, so I had no idea what to expect. However, the minute I walked in I received a warm welcome from the staff, and it was clear from the beautiful decor and atmosphere (combined with an awesome reggae playlist in the background) that it was going to be a good night! Continue reading

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

Brunch @ Gas Street Social


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?


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…


The ‘Rehydration Station’


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:

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.