Birmingham Journals

Birmingham - Dispelling the Myths

A May 2004 trip to Birmingham by snake77

Quote: It's been four years since I graduated from Birmingham University, so I was looking forward to going back. Not a lot had changed, but a few bars and restaurants are worth commenting on.

Birmingham - Dispelling the Myths

Overview

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Four years after graduating from Birmingham University, I returned to the city for a short weekend break with my girlfriend. The plan for the weekend was shopping, eating and drinking. I love the city and will vehemently defend against its many critics. As long as you appreciate that some parts are a bit dingy, I guarantee you'll be pleasantly surprised. HOTEL DU VIN - We stayed at the excellent Hotel du Vin. SAN CARLO'S RESTAURANT - We ate at the slightly disappointing San Carlo's. SHOPPING - We went to the new Bullring shopping mall and the Mailbox. Both are very impressive new developments that will delight even the most serious shoppers. SIGHTS - Classic sig...Read More

Hotel du Vin & Bistro

Hotel | "Hotel du Vin"

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http://www.hotelduvin.co.uk/default.asp?pgid=7 The hotel occupies the old eye hospital and it's a truly impressive conversion. The room was stylishly decorated, and the bed was large and comfortable. Service was excellent. Our one grumble was that our room overlooked the courtyard, which was very noisy until about midnight. We didn't eat in the restaurant, although on reflection we should have done, or drink in the cellar bar. However, the Bubble Bar on the ground floor by the entrance was very relaxing for a drink during the day and was a welcome respite from the hard day's shopping we had engaged in! Overall, it's definitely worth a visit and would be a fantast...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2004

Hotel du Vin & Bistro
25 Church Street
Birmingham, England B3 2NR
(0121) 200 0600

San Carlo Ristorante

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Restaurant | "San Carlo's"

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I had been to this restaurant a few years ago so was willing to give it a try again. As I remembered it, there was a busy and lively 'trattoria' atmosphere and good Italian food. However, the reality of my return was a little disappointing. We booked in person ealier in the afternoon and the reception at that point was curt, to say the least. When we arrived at the arranged time, however, the welcome had actually managed to get worse. The waiters were rude and unhelpful, and to cap it all off, we were made to wait for 40 minutes for a table. However, we persisted and the service did improve once we were seated. As you can appreciate, it was busy, so the atmosphere was as I remembe...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 30, 2004

San Carlo Ristorante
4 Temple Street
Birmingham, England B2 5BN
+44 (121) 633-0251

The Mailbox

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Attraction | "Mailbox"

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A very impressive new development that has converted the old Royal Mail sorting office into stylish shops (Hugo Boss, Harvey Nichols, Bang & Olufsen, etc.) and restaurants. While we didn't actually buy anything, the development is worth visiting as a precursor to going to Broad Street. I'd recommend getting a cab to the Mailbox and then walk through to Broad Street. Once you've left the restaurant fronts, the walk across the canals to the Gas Street Basin is actually quite scenic and well worth the effort. For those less inclined by the bright lights of Broad Street, I can strongly recommend the Tap & Spile, which is a traditional-style pub overlooking the basin. However, if a good k...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 30, 2004

The Mailbox
Wharfside Street
Birmingham, England B1 1XL
+44 (121) 632-1123

Bullring

Attraction

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If you haven't been to the new Bullring development yet, get yourself down there - it's AWESOME!! The whole development is massive and there are all the big high street names.

The best part of the whole development, though, has to be the space-age Selfridge's store. It looks fantastic from the outside and doesn't disappoint on the inside. It pushes the London Selfridge's pretty close as my favourite department store.

It's a shopper's paradise. Make sure you take the credit cards, though - it could be costly!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2004

Bullring
Upper Mall West Bullring
Birmingham, England B5 4BU
+44 (121) 632-1500