Reviews & Features

Our reviews and ‘best of’ articles relating to music, food, art, shopping and more in and around Birmingham.

Chaophraya Christmas Lunch Review

Chaophraya Christmas Lunch Review

As part of Chaophraya’s Christmas Menu launch, I was invited along with a guest to sample their delicious selection of starters and mains (with the odd cocktail… Read more »

It’s full steam ahead as for-Wards launches Community Outreach

for-Wards is a large-scale, two-year project which will discover the sounds of Birmingham by working with composers and local communities. These sounds will then be used to… Read more »

DJ Jazzy Jeff Bass Festival review

Staying true to their reputation of commissioning some of the most original and authentic artists in the black music scene, Punch Records Kicked off their 11th BASS… Read more »

Birmingham restaurant raises £2000 for victims of Italian Earthquake

With the help of its customers, Jewellery Quarter’s very own Pasta Di Piazza has successfully raised £2000, which will be donated to the Italian Red Cross. At… Read more »

Elaine Paige Symphony Hall review by Amy Stutz

Queen of musical theatre brought a new UK tour titled “stripped back” to the Birmingham Symphony Hall this November. As probably the most respected lady in theatreland,… Read more »

Best cafés and coffee shops in Birmingham

Frosty mornings, numb fingertips and a murderous-caffeine deficiency all call for a steaming haven in a cardboard coffee cup. Now, I’m a student so I relate to… Read more »

Under the Shadow – Review by Sally Watson-Jones

Thanks to Flatpack for the invite to review Under The Shadow which will be available on Netflix. This horror from Iranian director Babak Anvari was a hit… Read more »

for-Wards two-year city-wide music project

10 Composers, 30 Musicians, 40 Community Groups, 10 Local Performances.  2 years, 1 Spectacular Performance for-Wards is an ambitious two-year city-wide music project creating original musical compositions… Read more »

The Best Pizza in Birmingham by Megan Matthews

When the moon hitting your eye looks like a big pizza pie, that’s probably your body telling you that you need a slice – or, more realistically,… Read more »

Pasta di Piazza celebrates 21st anniversary with big Give-Away!

Pasta di Piazza celebrates 21st anniversary by giving away hundreds of bags of pasta in Birmingham City Centre which people can redeem for a free meal! September… Read more »

A Celebratory Weekend for Grand Central Shoppers

September 2016: – This weekend will mark one year since the launch of Grand Central – Birmingham’s most talked about shopping centre. To celebrate the first birthday,… Read more »

Brummies are Generous, Chocoholics with a Shoe Fetish?!

This month marks the first-year milestone for Grand Central; one of Birmingham’s most talked about developments in decades, which introduced a number of premium brands that the… Read more »

Alchemy Arrives in Heart of Brum

Alchemy Arrives in Heart of Brum

Popular bar and restaurant brand, The Alchemist, took over the home of the iconic Bullring Bull in Birmingham last week, as they prepare to make their debut… Read more »

The Best Beer Gardens in Birmingham

British summers can be unpredictable at the best of times but all the more reason to know the best sun traps and where to dart when the… Read more »

Flatpack & Dudley Zoological Gardens open-air cinema

Flatpack & Dudley Zoological Gardens open-air cinema

On Saturday evening, Dudley Zoological Gardens joined forces with Flatpack: Assemble to transform Dudley Castle into an open-air cinema for one night only. Over 600 people attended… Read more »