• Whisky a go-go at Birmingham’s best pubs

    Gone are the days when the local boozer just sold budget blended whiskies and kept a bottle of single malt near the pickled eggs for weddings and wakes. The quality of the whiskies sold in pubs has undergone a rapid transformation in the last couple of years as landlords have sought to diversify …

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  • It’s bubble o’clock at Henry Wong in Birmingham

    It was a dining conundrum. Joining us was our 18-year-old, Polly, who I hadn’t seen for two months since she  started at university. It was the longest we had ever been apart. That’s a big deal for a dad. Clearly, Polly had been missing me tremendously. When I messaged her to ask what she …

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  • Gadgets and grooming for long-haul travel

    You’ve got to love long-haul flights because without the pain of travel there is no gain. Still, it’s no picnic being cooped up in a jet-propelled tube at 35,000ft and once you arrive at your destination it’s nice to have some home comforts, especially if you are travelling alone, as I frequently …

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  • Dinner at The Hippodrome theatre, Birmingham

    Dining at the theatre… it’s not the most inspiring prospect. The idea of a pre-show meal sounds like a great idea but then reality, poor produce and slapdash cooking usually intervenes. That special occasion night-out leaves a bad taste in the mouth; the smell of the greasepaint and the roar …

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  • Burger and Lobster – and Gaucho – bank on Birmingham

    Two premier London-based restaurant brands are being linked to a prestigious vacant bank building in central Birmingham. Lobster and Burger and Argentinian steak specialist Gaucho are understood to have expressed interest in the  imposing £1.5 million former banking hall at 33 Bennetts Hill. Intriguingly, an unnamed third party – thought to be …

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  • Best value lunch in Birmingham: MinMin

    What can you buy for £7.80? Obviously, you can pick up a classic album, possibly two. For example.. and I find this hard to believe … you can pick up “Guilty” by Barbra Streisand (with help from Barry Gibb) and Barry White’s “The Collection” for a combined price of £7.20. Isn’t that …

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  • Why the best Birmingham restaurants need to get StreetSmart

    There was a kerfuffle when the Good Good Guide 2015 released its Top 50 restaurants list. Birmingham failed to register a single entry, provoking fume-venting and teeth-gnashing. You know things are bad when poor old Manchester registers above Birmingham, gaining a placing for The French. In truth, it was shoulder shrugging, rather than …

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  • The classic and the modern collide at Turners in Birmingham

    It is not that long ago that everyone, including me, got very excited about the resurgence – or should that be birth? – of good cooking in Birmingham restaurants. When I started reviewing the city’s eating out scene seven years ago, I was, frankly, a lucky bastard. My appointment as …

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Whisky a go-go at Birmingham’s best pubs

Gone are the days when the local boozer just sold budget blended whiskies and kept a bottle of single malt near the pickled eggs for weddings and wakes. The quality of the whiskies sold in pubs has undergone a rapid transformation in the last couple of years as landlords have sought to diversify …