A lifestyle blog all about Birmingham, UK.

Sunday, 22 September 2019

REVIEW: Wayland's Yard Brunch, Birmingham



Wayland's Yard is my favourite place for Brunch in Birmingham. From the wide range of drink options, to the infamous Eggy Crumpets and Baked Eggs, the cafe-restaurant is fresh and cool, with modern twists on classic dishes. Since it opened in early 2018, I've been there countless times, always desperate to try something new on the menu.

So I was over the moon recently when they asked me along to check out the brand new Brunch menu, so I took along three others with me to try it out!

The menu includes The Wayland's Originals; Eggy Crumpets (Egg dipped crumpets, halloumi, avo, shrooms and spinach - and you can add the likes of chorizo, bacon and sausage), One Pan Hash (with either Chorizo & Halloumi or Halloumi & Mushroom) and Brunch Baps. There are also Brioche Bap's, with fillings including sausage, bacon, mushroom or halloumi.



The menu also boasts a huge range more of options on their new menu, including a selection of Oats dishes, Avo Smash and Vegan Avo Smash. There's also a huge range of egg options; Benedict Pico de Gallo, Eggs Aussie, Eggs Royale and the delicious Baked Eggs. There's also a 'Proper Brunch' section, including Wayland's Big Brunch, Fry Up, Veggie Brunch and Vegan Brunch.

We grabbed a drink before sitting down to choose our Brunch dish. I'm actually not a fan of coffee - which is a shame as there's so many coffee options in the cafe! So whilst the others went for lattes and cappuccinos, I went for a good old cup of tea. But it still came cool and modern, with a big grey teapot and a mini jug for the milk - so cute! I also just had to enjoy a pastry with me tea, so I tucked into a Pain Au Chocolat!



For mains, me and one of my guests went for the Florentine Pico de Gallo, which came with spinach, poached eggs, avo, salsa, toast and herby hollandaise. It was absolutely delicious, and super tasty, and just looked gorgeous. In fact, that's one of my favourite things about Wayland's Yard - the way that they actually dress the dishes! It's not an expensive place, but they make them look amazing, which just makes the meal a bit more special.

One of my other guests had one of the Wayland's Originals - the Eggy Crumpets, which they loved and really enjoyed, and my other guest had the Veggie Brunch (Grilled mushrooms, smashed avo, spinach, fried/poached eggs, halloumi, smokey beans, pan fried potatoes and sourdough toast).

Me and my guests absolutely loved our couple of hours at Wayland's Yard, and all really enjoyed our dishes. The brand new menu is so impressive, with so many options for all different tastes. I can't wait to head back soon and try out even more! Next on the list - Wayland's Big Brunch! 

Wayland's Yard is open every day and is located just a stones throw away from Snow Hill, and you can check out the very impressive menu here

*Me and my guests were gifted our brunch dishes from Wayland's Yard in return for a review, but we did pay for all drinks and pastries. 
SHARE:

Thursday, 12 September 2019

REVIEW: 9 to 5 The Musical, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham


Bright pink outfits, pushed up bras and a whole lot of sass; I tumbled out of bed and stumbled along to 9 to 5 The Musical this week, which is currently bringing a whole load of shoulder pads, colour and absolute joy to The Alexandra Theatre. 

Admittedly, 9 to 5 is up there with my favourite songs of all time, and the film is absolutely hilarious. So when I saw last year that the musical was coming to the West End, I had my fingers crossed that it would eventually make its way up to Birmingham – and it has! The show began with a few words from the Queen herself, Dolly Parton – unfortunately on a screen – and it started with a bang. 

9 to 5 The Musical tells the story of three workmates who are working in a man’s world. Violet Newstead is a strong, independent woman who is just trying to do the best for her teenage son since her husband passed away. She trains all the men in this boys club of a business, but never gets offered a promotion, and she’s sick of it. Judy Bernly has never done a day’s work in her life. But after she divorces from her husband because of him running off with his secretary, she has to find herself and discover who she truly is. Doralee Rhodes is the super sweet secretary who is much smarter than she looks, with a whole load of country girl sass. 


 The three women all have one thing in common though; their hatred of their sexist, egotistical and downright disgusting boss Franklin Hart Jnr. They kidnap him, before managing to completely transform the office, and a visit from the CEO finally gives the girls the good news they need. 

I have to admit, I was incredibly surprised at how talented the cast of this show are. They are all absolutely outstanding. TV personality and musician Louise Redknapp takes on the role of Violet Newstead and completely makes it her own. The role suited her to a T, and along with a stunning selection of outfits and super cool songs, she was perfect for the character. West End star Georgina Castle takes on the role of Doralee Rhodes, and she was just fantastic! From the hair to the voice, she was the perfect woman to take on the role made famous by Dolly and I highly expect to see her become one of the biggest West End names. 


The role of the naïve yet adorable Judy was taken on by Love Island winner Amber Davies. Admittedly, I am a massive Love Island fan so I was so excited to see what Amber would be like on stage and my god, what an absolute superstar. Amber’s voice is just something else, as is her acting and amazingly, her comedic timing! If you think Amber is just another reality TV star then you couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, she is a trained musical theatre professional. The girl has bags of talent, and so much to give. Good on her for following her dreams, and I can’t wait to see what role she lands next as she has a very bright future ahead. 

One of the highlights of the show for me just had to be the humour. The show is absolutely hysterical! I was in fits of laughter throughout the production, and with a few sly digs here and there at no other than Donald Trump, the jokes were timely and fun. Another highlight had to be music itself of course. The show is jam packed with show stopping hits, from super fun and fiery songs like ‘Hey Boss’ and ‘One of the Boys’, to emotional numbers like ‘I Just Might’. My favourite song just had to be ‘Get Out and Stay Out’, sang by Amber Davies. I actually had tears in my eyes! It is an incredible song and really shows the audience the journey that Judy has been on. 

The set is also very cool and VERY 80s! From the office to Frank’s house, the set changes are quick and smooth, without too much distraction, and the costumes also offer a glimpse into 80s fashion, with a lot of colour and powerful suits! 

I absolutely LOVED 9 to 5 The Musical. It is lively, fun and incredibly funny; a welcome distraction from the stress of everyday life. However, underneath the hilarious moments, there is a real story there following women just wanting to be treated with more respect, and less like silly girls, in the workplace. Although I am glad that we’ve come on leaps and bounds since the 1980s, we still have much more to go and I believe more productions showing stories like this, with strong female characters, will help remind women that we have so much more to give, and we deserve respect!

9 to 5 The Musical: 10/10


*I was gifted two press tickets to enjoy this production from The Alexandra Theatre in return for a review on this blog.  

SHARE:

Sunday, 1 September 2019

REVIEW: Dining like it’s 1989 at Café Rouge


As much as I love shouting about the range of independent restaurants across the West Midlands, one of my favourite chain restaurants is Café Rouge! From the food and drinks to the décor, the French bistro always feels so homely and welcoming to me. So I was delighted when they asked me along to check out their ‘Dine Like its 1989’ Menu, which they recently brought back into the bistro across the UK to celebrate its 30th birthday this year. 


Out of the three Café Rouge’s in Birmingham, I headed along to the restaurant on Brindleyplace to check out the menu. Upon arrival, me and my guest enjoyed a glass of Prosecco each, before settling down to check out the menu from 30 years ago. The menu included pastries, baguettes, steak frites and quiche. The menu wasn’t large, but actually, I really liked how there was just enough, as sometimes I think a menu can have simply too much to offer. Simple always works!

I started off with a Pain au Chocolat – my favourite pastry – and it was of course, delicious. Other pastries on the menu included Croissants and Pain aux Raisins. For main, my eyes went straight on the restaurant’s infamous Steak Frites, which are 35 days aged Black Angus steaks. All Steak Frites dishes came accompanied with either fries or house salad, or an upgrade to sweet potato fries for just £1.00. The sauces available for the dishes were Peppercorn, Bearnaise, Roquefort and Merlot Gravy. Me and my guest both went for the Bearnaise, and as we were particularly peckish, we went for fries and house salad!


As well as my glass of Prosecco, I enjoyed a HUGE glass of my absolute favourite cocktail Aperol Spritz alongside my Steak dish. As there wasn’t a dessert option on the 1989 menu, me and my guest chose two desserts off the main menu. I went for Beignets, which was a selection of mini doughnuts with cinnamon sugar, which comes with a choice of salted caramel or dark chocolate sauce. It was absolutely delicious and the best way to end a beautiful meal.

The prices on the 1989 menu were the same as 30 years ago, which means it was a total bargain*, with pastries costing just 95p, Steak Frites being £7.95 and a glass of wine for just £3.75. One of my favourite things about Café Rouge though has to be the décor; it is just such a classic restaurant with so much warmth and cosiness, as well as sophistication and cool design. The staff also just absolutely make a restaurant, and those at the Brindleyplace venue were incredibly welcoming and helpful.

I absolutely loved trying out the 1989 menu, it was such a fun experience and me and my guest had such a wonderful evening. From the Steak to the Doughnuts, from the staff to the décor; I think the concept of the 1989 menu was so clever, and unlike anything I had seen before. What a way to celebrate their birthday! However, the normal menu is, of course, full of so many options too and if you’re yet to step foot into a Café Rouge, I absolutely recommend it! 

Cafe Rouge: 10/10

*I was fortunate to be asked along to the venue to try their 1989 Menu 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.
SHARE:
Blogger Template Created by pipdig