Who says January has to be boring?! I have had a pretty good month and I hope you have too.
So here's what I ate in January:
Pure Bar and Kitchen
Having been to this grown up craft beer bar for a drink a couple of times, I knew I had to come back for food! Edd and I popped in spur of the moment for lunch only to find they close their kitchen mid-afternoon to prepare for the evening. Fortunately they were doing bar snacks so Edd and I chose a cheese board and a meat board to share.
Both were excellent and came with little samples of beer to compliment the meats or cheeses. I liked the Dunkel with the meat board. I love the breads and pickles and so on that were on the boards too
Pure Bar is on Waterloo St, Birmingham, right by Victoria Square.
I attended a fabulous Gin talk/tasting/masterclass with Yelp Birmingham at Bar Opus. As well as learning lots about gin and sampling plenty of Langley's, there were bar snacks courtesy of Bar Opus too.
You can find my review of the event on the Yelp website here. (You should join Yelp too, it's great!)
Bar Opus is right by Snow Hill Station.
I wrote a post for the Birmingham Cocktail Weekend blog- all about how to make my favourite cocktail in a cupcake format! Check it out here.
I reviewed this fabulous partnership of cool bar Sunflower Lounge and tasty Deep South food from Big Papa's on the blog. Read it here.
Edd and I visited the more casual sister of Bar Opus for breakfast. I had pancakes and bacon, he had a full English. A review should be up on the Food Birmingham blog soon.
You can find Cafe Opus in the Ikon Gallery in Oozells Square, Brindley Place.
On the same day, Edd and I visited one of our favourite treat spots, Bureau, for cocktails and a deli platter. Look at that Scotch Egg! The cured salmon was very good too.
The Bureau Bar is on Colmore Row in the city centre.
Another subscription service, Simply Cook sends you four recipes a month as well as the oils, rubs, marinades, spices etc you need. You just add ingredients like meat, rice, veg. I got this on a trial and it was so good I've been paying the full £10 ever since. Want to try it out for only £5? Click here!
I made their Goulash and couldn't believe how much it looked like the picture!
The High Field
Finally, Edd and I ate out at Edgbaston gastropub The High Field. Review coming soon!
And February is shaping up to be just as good!