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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

REVIEW: Noel's Bar and Restaurant

Blush pink, gold statement pieces, sleek and contemporary features - it's fair to say Noel's Restuarant and Bar, set in the idyllic location of the canal opposite the likes of The Mailbox and The Cube, is one of Birmingham's best new gem's. With gorgeous modern and stylish decor, alongside a menu to take you from lunch into night and a cocktail menu that dreams are made of, this venue is one you should absolutely be booking a table at your earliest convenience. 

I recently headed along to the restaurant with a guest on a Wednesday evening to try out the venue's 2 For 1 Pizza and Cocktails menu, which runs from 12pm until 7pm every Monday to Friday. 

The cocktail menu boasts a huge amount of gorgeous cocktails, some classic and some new and exciting options. I went for my favourite cocktail, a Bellini, which comes in four different flavours; peach, raspberry, strawberry and passion fruit. I went for the Strawberry, and it was delicious and very refreshing! My guest went for a Pornstar Martini, which was also very tasty and was a modern twist on the classic drink. I also had a scan over the venue's other drinks menu's, and they have a huge amount of choices, especially Wine, so I will definitely be returning to check them out.

We started the meal with a selection breads and olives. The pizza menu includes everything from Margherita's, Mexicana's and Calzone's. However, I just had to go for the Salmone e Stracchino! Salmon is one of my favourite pizza toppings, so I was over the moon to see this on the menu. The pizza consisted of mozzarella, smoked salmon, spinach, creamy Italian cheese and rocket salad. It was absolutely delicious, and was also a very generous portion. I did order a side of Mac & Cheese, not expecting such a big dish. Fair to say I was well and truly stuffed by the end of the meal! My guest went for the Gamberetti e zucchini, which consisted of mozzarella, prawns, courgettes and lemon dressed rocket - she loved it!

As the experience was gifted*, I didn't have to pay for the meal. However, if I'd had have paid, the pizza would have come to £11.50, and the cocktail £7.95. However, with the 2 For 1 special, both mine and my guest's meals would have come to a reasonable amount, considering the quality of the drinks and the size of the meals.
The decor was by far my favourite part of my experience at Noel's. It is just gorgeous, in fact, it is a Millennial dream; all the 'in' colours at the moment; blush, gold, deep reds, forest greens; it was beautiful and such a light, clean and airy space. There is a bar area separate to the restaurant area, which was equally as beautiful. It would have been nice to see some outdoor seating, but I think by the design of the windows that these may open up to bring the outdoors in, but don't take my word for it! 

Considering me and my guest spent around 2 hours at the venue on a Wednesday evening, it was a little busy but not packed, as expected during the week, which was pleasant. I imagine that it is much busier on a weekend, being in such a sought after area of the city. But the vibe of the venue was lovely; the music was cool and relaxing and the staff were very friendly, keen to please but not overbearing.
Me and my guest had a wonderful time at Noel's Bar and Restaurant. I am keen to head back on a weekend to see if the venue is any different then, and of course to try out a dish or two from their normal menu, as the pasta dishes in particular looked divine. I'd also like to head along just to try more of their drinks menu and to sit in the bar. I am very much looking forward to heading back!

Noel's Bar and Restaurant: 9/10

*I was fortunate to be asked along to the venue to try their 2 For 1 weekday offer in return for a blog post. I didn't pay for the experience, but left a tip and paid for travel there and back. I was not expected to write a good review, I genuinely enjoyed the experience. 


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