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Holiday back in Birmingham (help me please!!!)

zinfandellover Jun 15, 2008 08:56 AM

Hi, I presently live in Ontario. I will be back in my home town of Birmingham in a couple of weeks for a holiday. Anyone help me out with...........
Best place to eat curry. I am a fanatic when it comes to Indian and Pakistani food. I will be in Sutton Coldfield, but I am willing to venture anywhere.

Best wine bar or place to buy wine. Again I am a fanatic. I love my wines. Last time I was in Brum a few years ago I found a couple of decent stores, but any suggestions will be welcomed.

Best pub food in the midlands. On my last trip I was saddened that many of my old haunts had become chain food pubs. Pricy and not really anything to write home about. I am a chef by trade and I love to eat honest and well prepared food. Any suggestions will be welcome.

happy to offer advice to anyone who is traveling to Ontario's wine country/Niagara or Toronto

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    YSL Jun 17, 2008 01:41 PM

    If you're willing to travel a bit, then you could always head for somewhere in the Balti Triangle. Al-Frash and Imran's spring to mind. Festival Balti in the Arcadian Centre (in the Chinese Quarter) do a very competitive set meal and the food is always good there. If you're willing to splash out a bit more (for what I think is exceptional food), then I would go to Itihaas. Food there is always incredibly fresh and flavoursome (and excellent service, too).

    As for pub food, most of the pubs in the City tend to be chains (like you said). If you're willing to travel out of town, there are some decent Country pubs in the surrounding areas like The Boot Inn in Lapworth or Beeches Bar and Grill in Hampton in Arden.

    Good luck anyway and I hope you enjoy your visit back to Birmingham :)

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    1. re: YSL
      PhilD Jun 17, 2008 11:17 PM

      I may also be worth trying the top end and visiting "Purnells". Glynn Purnell is a local brummie who is getting a very strong reputation as an innovative chef, he held a Michelin star at his previous restaurant, before moving to his own place. Lunch is only £19 for three courses (and dinner £39). Top food comes to the heart of brum!

      1. re: PhilD
        YSL Jun 18, 2008 04:37 AM

        HOW could I forget Purnells?! Easily one of my favourite restaurants and one that makes me proud to be in Birmingham! I absolutely second the suggestion of Purnells. Great food and service, decent wine selection and restaurant manager who is very knowledgeable about wine.

      2. re: YSL
        Theresa Jun 18, 2008 02:25 AM

        I second the Boot Inn in Lapworth - I've had a couple of really nice lunches there over the last few years, and they have a lovely garden.

        Beware though - when we tried to book at the Boot recently, they were full and suggested we try their sister pub somewhere nearby (can't remember it's name or where it was off the top of my head). We duly went, thinking it would be as good as the Boot - well, it wasn't - it was very different, the cooking was not very good and it felt like it was part of a big chain.

        1. re: YSL
          zinfandellover Jun 18, 2008 05:30 PM

          Thanks YSL. I have done the Balti triangle before, but never the two spots you suggested. I have a web site on food and wine so I will post my travels and let you know

          1. re: YSL
            zinfandellover Jun 18, 2008 05:31 PM

            Splendid, I will try purnells for sure

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