Birmingham’s Best Eateries – Our Top 5 Restaurants

Living in Birmingham we are quite spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out. However with 2 small children we are sadly limited to availability of a baby sitter! So we decided that rather than have 3 or 4 meals at £50 a month, we would go out just once and blow the budget!

Finding top restaurants hasn’t proved difficult and we have had some amazing evenings in the past 12 months. Here are our top 5 in and around Birmingham currently:

1: Harborne Kitchen – Harborne

This place really is a gem. The staff are super friendly and we love to eat at ‘The Chefs Table’ and watch everything be prepared. The menu is always exquisite and changes with the seasons. My personal favourite is the watercress veloute – a vivid green, it looks stunning and tastes incredible!

Harborne Kitchen gets the top spot for not only having great food and service but also for being reasonable priced. You can check out their menu Here

2. Carters of Moseley – Moseley

I am always amazed at how small this restaurant is when we walk in – but the staff are so attentive and friendly it makes the whole experience much more intimate.

Very much deserving of its renewed Michelin Star; Carters provides a mouth watering journey through their seasonal menus. Along with the perfect accompaniment of bio-diverse wines – it’s a great opportunity to try something totally new and you are in safe hands with their sommelier.

Personally I can’t get enough of their chicken liver cereal, or any of the delicious snacks on the menu. My last visit I took advantage of their amazing lunch time deal and I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon with friends enjoying 4 courses and a class of wine.

Why not book your table Here

3: Simpson’s – Edgbaston

A beautiful Georgian style restaurant, Simpson’s never fails to disappoint! Having held a Michelin Star for several years the food is as amazing as you would expect.

We visited here in the summer and sat in the gorgeous garden listening to the fountain and enjoying champagne cocktails! My favourite restaurant to visit on those warm evenings by far.

The steak tartare is like velvet and I recommend it if you find it on the menu. But be sure to save some room for pudding because they are always delicious!

Check out the latest menu Here

4: Lasan – Birmingham

Oh what a treat this place is! For high quality Indian cuisine we have found now where finer. There are some unusual and frankly delicious offerings on the menu.

I had the mixed starter to share on our last visit and everything on it was perfection. Although I have to say I struggled to squeeze in my main afterwards. We took our in laws here and they are desperate to go back and try the other things on the menu. Most surprisingly the puddings were great too – my father in law rates the stewed beetroot as one of the best desserts he has had in a while.

I highly recommend checking out the menu and booking a table Here

5. Adams – Birmingham

This was our last stop on our Michelin star journey around Birmingham. It was definitely worth the wait. The restaurant itself is classy, but without being over pretentious. The food is every bit as pretentious as you would expect at Michelin star level. But it’s not all sparkle and no substance.

Beautifully prepared and presented dishes appear and disappear rapidly. Every element of every dish has a purpose and adds another level of flavour. Nothing feels rushed but you’ll look up and realise that you have gone through the entire menu with ease.

It’s not a cheap night out by any means but it’s definitely worth it – check out the latest menu Here

Motivational Failure – Why I can’t get myself to the Gym

So you might be wondering how the exercise plan is going – no doubt you are ready to hear tales of how I have motivated myself to lose at least a pound or two… well no!

Really this site should be called fat bum won’t exercise… I have had my FitBit on which gives a surprising insight to how much walking I do. Considering I now spend most of the day in the car, I can still clock up 7000 steps most days. Of course that’s does not negate the fact that I eat burger for lunch almost every day. Add to this my excruciating back pain (it’s the sitting all day) I have to admit that the motivation for exercise is severely lacking.

You see I start of with great intentions. Today for example I was going to do the park run with a friend – but she didn’t text so I just kept that suggestion on the downlow. Now I am lying in bed drinking a full fat latte from Nero; nursing the heartburn that was a consequence of the freshly baked croissant that accompanied said coffee.

People tell me that once I start to exercise it becomes addictive. I find this hard to believe – chocolate, cigarettes and shoes are addictive but exercise? I can see that it makes you feel good and you get a sense of achievement but I can’t imagine it is comparable to biting into a bar of Dairy Milk straight from the fridge…. mind you if I never get started I will never know!

Perhaps I should set some personal achievable goals. Of course today’s goal is to get out of this bed and do the 18 loads of washing. If I have the energy after that and my spine doesn’t feel like it’s on fire I could do a 20 minute jog. But really I would rather sit for 20 mins and drink a brew. Preferably while the kids play quietly in the other room. See I think this might be the crux of the issue – I don’t want to ‘waste’ my 20 mins of down time from the small ones to go for a run. I want 20 minutes for me to relax, drink a hot cuppa or have a quick shower. There are not enough 20 minutes in the day and I don’t want to spend time doing something I know I will initially hate!

(As if to to emphasise my laziness the other half has suddenly dropped to the floor and done 20 push-ups. He is working on his beach body…)

I should be working to be ‘beach body’ ready myself. The prospect of putting this post-2-children body into a bikini is not something I want to think about. Don’t get me wrong it looks alright under clothes but bikinis don’t give you a lot of space to hide. Beside which the bottom half of my legs will never tan. I will do that thing where you only get brown knees and the bar across your feet where your flip flops are. You would think that the bikini thing would push me to tone up this ass – it doesn’t I will just buy a bikini with short bottoms!

So I think this post explains that I am fundamentally lazy! Does anyone have a suggestion as to how I can get myself motivated??