my trip to Birmingham. Thanks for suggestions
About a month ago I posted a request for ideas on where to eat. Thanks for all the suggestions. Here are my observations.
Many pubs now serve "standadized" chain food and I was upset to see many of the pubs in my area that have adopted this scenerio. I was based in Sutton Coldfield so we tried several pubs in the area.
However, we had a great dinner at the Dog in Whittington, near lichfield. My ropasted pork belly with colcannon and cider sauce for ten quid was brilliant. We also enjoyed the railway pub in shenstone for Sunday lunch and the plough in shustoke for the same.
Purnell's was a treat. I was able to meet Glynn and he talked about how he tries to tie his food to his Birmingham roots. I would go back anytime.
Curry seems to have been toned down a bit in the suburbs, but the balti triangle offers many great spots. I was told to ask for my curry to be finsihed as though it was being made at home.
Best spots were al frash and Imran, both in Sparkbrook and Des Karni ( sp) about a mile down the stratford road from Sparkbrook.
As for buying wine. Holy cow, I found Penfold's grange in Sainsburys. I picked up some Corton Grancey 2002 at the house of fraiser in brum on sale for twenty two quid. Connely's just by colmore row was the best private store with plenty of tasty stuff at good prices.
Good to read that you enjoyed the recommendations given, looks like you managed to fit quite a lot in whilst you were over here. Purnells is an absolute joy to go to and the man himself is (I think) really likeable when you get to chat to him. I'm so glad that we have a restaurant like his in Birmingham, now.