AL FRESCO DINING AT THE MAILBOX

Dining & Nightlife

Posted on June 27, 2019 by Alex Perrins

With the weather finally playing ball, there are few better places to dine in the city than our canalside restaurants and bars. Here are five great reasons to pull up a table with friends, enjoy a cocktail and sharing plate in the sun, and simply watch the world go by.

BISH & CHIPS AT CHURCHILLS >>>

With more than 300 wines, ports and Champagnes as well as countless beers, cocktails and spirits, Churchills is perfect place to settle back with your tipple of choice and enjoy the view. New this season is BA-HA, the vegan street food sensation that offers a tasty range of plant-based goodness. Our pick? It’s got to be the meat-free Bish n Chips!

BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH AT GAS STREET SOCIAL >>>

Tuck into an impressive range of grazing boards, small plates, stone-baked flatbreads and locally sourced meats and seafood teamed with a classic cocktail menu, featuring handcrafted signature creations and sharing drinks. For the ultimate weekend treat, indulge in Bottomless Brunch and choose from a range of classic dishes and Bellinis.

NEW SUMMER SPECIALS ZIZZI >>>

Grab a table on the outdoor terrace and enjoy a range of tasty dishes from the new summer specials. From the new Rainbow Gnocchi filled with mozzarella and topped with riserva cheese and red pepper tapenade to the Cicchetti Sharing Board, complete with harrissa chicken skewers, calamari, fonduta formaggi, and spicy ‘Nduja sausage garlic bread, the menu really does taste as good as it sounds.

A TASTE OF FRANCE AT CÔTE >>> 

Whether it’s breakfast, a family lunch or romantic dinner for two, you’ll find a tempting selection of comprehensive and classic French dishes. Enjoy two courses for £15.95 (Friday to Sunday 12noon until 7pm; Monday to Thursday 12noon until close) and tuck into starters including Calamari or Moules Provencales, mains such as Pan Roasted Haddock and Asparagus Risotto and finish off with a delicious Crème Caramel.

MEDITERRANEAN MENU AT BAR ESTILO >>> 

If you can’t make it to the Med, then Estilo brings the Med to Birmingham! From the Moroccan inspired décor to Sangria on the outdoor terrace all you need is the sunshine. There are three paellas to choose from, alongside an extensive menu of meat, seafood and veggie tapas menu that tastes just as good in Brum as Barcelona.

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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

Dining & Nightlife

Posted on June 27, 2019 by Lisa Piddington

One of the best things about festival fashion is the literally anything goes attitude, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave your style sense at home. Do as the celebrities do and go for laid-back chic … HARVEY NICHOLS BIRMINGHAM shows you how.

It’s not all about mud, sweat and tears … there’s more to festival style than simply shoving a pac-a-mac into a rucksack and heading off into the wild. From catwalk-inspired tie-dye to slogan tees, it’s a look that may scream “effortless”, but that certainly doesn’t mean you don’t need to put the effort in. So whether it’s the classical chic of Glyndebourne or the “I’m-with-the-band” vibe of the Glastonbury girl, here’s everything you need to take centre stage this summer. Right down to the wellies. Burberry, obvs.

Wildfox Dazed and Amused brushed jersey sweatshirt, £110; Free People Summer Of Love tie-dye kimono, £325; Rains rubberised raincoat, £75;

Gucci Tinsel mesh and leather sandals, £875; Burberry Vintage check neoprene and rubber rain boots, £250; Jimmy Choo Cruz 40 leather biker boots; £895.

Free People Paradise floral-print maxi dress, £110; Paige distressed denim shorts, £200; Free People Normani floral-print midi skirt, £90.

Kenzo logo-print T-shirt, £95; Off-White floral logo print silk scarf, £195; Ragyard parrot-appliquéd T-shirt, £45.

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