This week we’re going to be heading to what’s commonly known as the United Kingdom’s Second City – no not you Manchester, sit back down – we’re talking about the birthplace of such greats as Ozzy Osborne, Richard Hammond, Cat Deeley and Kenny Baker (R2D2). That’s right ladies and gents, we’re in Birmingham! Luckily for us we have a couple of resident Brummies lurking about the Too Good To Be offices, so we’ve been given a few tips to get us on our way…
For Something Savoury
Battered Halloumi @ Bistro 1847
Anyone with a gluten intolerance of some kind will know how frustrating it can be trying to find a good gluten free batter – whether it’s on fish and chips or something else. Let us save you the trouble on your next visit to the Midlands. This place has got it spot on. In fact, the dish as a whole was very, very good – it was so great that for a brief time we considered giving Harriet, the tip-giver, a pay rise. Unfortunately for her we decided against the wage increase but it’s the thought that counts, right? The battered halloumi was served with a lemon curd, pea puree and hand cut chips just like yo’ momma makes them. Delish!
For Something Sweet
Orange & Almond Cake @ Boston Tea Party
After a brief stroll round the city, we felt we’d burnt enough calories off to indulge in a heavy cake session. We’ve come across the cafe before in a couple of other locations but never actually tried out the food – we’d been told to test the Orange and Almond cake and that’s exactly what we did. The cake looked and tasted great, and the marmalade topping really got those taste-buds-tingling. We even took a few slices back for “additional research”…
For a Little Tipple
Celia Dark @ The Bottle Shed
The Bottle Shed is one of them cool little half bar/half shop establishments we’ve seen popping up around the UK, and with over 300 varieties of beer you’re bound to find something you’ll like. To be honest, their gluten free selection wasn’t huge, but they did have the dark edition of Celia Gluten Free Lager which we’d been meaning to try for a while. The lager was as fantastic as is expected from Celia, and the in-store retro arcade machines made staying a few more hours a very appealing offer…
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