If there’s one thing that Birmingham excels at, it has to be Indian food. This new Indian fine dining restaurant, Varanasi, has claimed the title of the biggest restaurant in Birmingham seating over 500 covers with renovation costs of over £4 million. I was invited along to the launch event  to see what this establishment had to offer. I’ll be honest, I was skeptical of Varanasi’s Broad street location at first… View Post

After a £900,000 restoration of the Futurist Cinema, a cinema that dates back to the early 1900s making it one of the oldest cinemas in the country, Lobster Peninsula is one of the latest establishments to grace John Bright Street alongside Turtle Bay, Cherry Red’s and The Stable. This new seafood restaurant caters for approximately 90 covers and features a private lounge, bar and separate restaurant as well as a balcony bar.… View Post

The Chocolate Quarter, situated in the historic Jewellery Quarter, opened its doors in February 2015 and although being open for just shy of a year they have already established an international reputation taking orders from as far as Australia. Maninder, Kempes and Jay, the friendly faces behind this family-run boutique chocolaterie, craft the confectionaries by hand and are attempting to restore Birmingham to its former glory of being world-renowned for chocolate. I was… View Post

At the end of July, the new Mailbox finally opened its doors including the arrival of the newly revamped Harvey Nichols. As well as a fancy new store, HN comprises of a fantastic bar and restaurant. Part of the brief given to Virgile + Partners, the design company that won the job of reimagining the interior, was to create an environment that would have something of the ambience of a five-star hotel… View Post

Gusto, one of several namesakes around the country, is one of the latest establishments to grace the Birmingham restaurant scene. The restaurant is located in the newly refurbished Grand Hotel, next door to the popular cocktail bar, The Alchemist, which is owned by the same chain, Living Ventures. The first thing noticeable is the European-inspired architecture living up to the building’s ‘grand’ history. The restaurant itself is Italian and gives off a classy, chic… View Post