Reviews & Features

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

Carluccio’s Grand Central Review by Kathryn Byng

It had been some time since I had visited a Carluccio’s and appreciated the invitation to the new restaurant in Grand Central. We received a warm welcome… Read more »

UK Athletes Attempt World Record for Charity

Six Birmingham athletes will attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the longest weight-training workout to help raise £100,000 for Birmingham Children Hospital’s Star Appeal. The… Read more »

Park Regis Showcases Deafblind Active Exhibition

To celebrate Deafblind Awareness Week, the Park Regis Hotel in Birmingham will host a photographic showcase of Sense’s work in sport. A supporter of Sense’s TouchBase Pears… Read more »

Rofuto Japanese Restaurant Review

Rofuto Japanese Restaurant Review

There are various sushi restaurants dotted around Birmingham, the most famous locally being Sushi Passion. However, the addition of Rofuto which is situated on top of Park… Read more »

Sing goodbye to stress

2016 sees the national awareness week focus on how men can beat stress – which is particularly pertinent with figures revealed from The Health & Safety Executive,… Read more »

The Botanist Review by Amy Stutz

The Botanist Review by Amy Stutz

Tucked away in central Birmingham is an absolute gem of a restaurant, the Botanist is located on Temple Street and Birmingham are lucky enough to hold one… Read more »

Best Tapas Restaurants in Birmingham

Best Tapas Restaurants in Birmingham

Being a picky eater can be hard sometimes; like, when you go to a restaurant, what do you go for? It’s a big commitment to pick just… Read more »

New Sponsorships for Pet Show

The fun filled animal-tastic Pet Show is making its return to Stoneleigh Park this summer for its fourth consecutive year. The show promises to give adults and… Read more »

Retail’s Future? Grand Central Enterprise Project

This month, as part of the school curriculum, Enabling Enterprise has enlisted Birmingham’s Grand Central to help children and young people turn their lesson objectives into real… Read more »

Best Places to Eat in Grand Central!

Best Places to Eat in Grand Central!

It’s not easy to squeeze in a lunch break, but it’s often necessary for our health and sanity. That’s why Grand Central’s restaurants and cafes have a… Read more »

Live Music Weekends at The Big Bull’s Head!

Live Music Weekends at The Big Bull’s Head!

The Big Bull’s Head joins just a small list of public houses in Birmingham that can offer a little bit of everything! Situated in the heart of… Read more »

Exclusive: Sally W-Jones Interviews Hal Cruttenden

Comedian Hal Cruttenden is currently touring the UK after returning from Australia with his new tour. Sally W-Jones caught up with him to chat about shocking comedy,… Read more »

Grand Central giving away £100 Gift Cards!

Grand Central are running a nice little competition right now. Its national smile month in May, and they want people to share the moments which have made… Read more »

Nick Drake celebrated in Two Local Festivals

Nick Drake celebrated in Two Local Festivals

Nick Drake is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential musicians of all time. His Contemporary folk songs only really became popular after his death, but… Read more »

Win 2 Tickets for Way To Blue: The Songs Of Nick Drake at Symphony Hall

We’re giving away a pair of tickets for the brilliant Way To Blue: The Songs Of Nick Drake live music event at Symphony Hall Thursday 12th May…. Read more »

Be At One’s Five A Day Cocktails

Be At One’s Five A Day Cocktails

As the summer is approaching and a number of us are getting ‘beach body ready’ it’s refreshing to hear that the new Be At One cocktail bar,… Read more »

Visiting Birmingham? Look Here!

Birmingham’s continued renaissance in food, arts, music and culture means that there are more people visiting the city and region than ever before. There are many great… Read more »

El Borracho Exclusive Tasting Review

El Borracho Exclusive Tasting Review

Emma Yufera-Ruiz, has a lot to celebrate this year, having successfully opened her 4th authentic Spanish restaurant in 6 years, this time in the upmarket area of… Read more »

Field Harmonics release new album 20th May

UK electro-pop duo Field Harmonics release their second album ‘Corners’ on Friday 20 May 2016 via Wayside and Woodland Recordings. The collection of nine expansive and immersive… Read more »

Amala Spa & Club Review

The opportunity recently arose to review the Amala Spa & Club situated beneath the Hyatt Regency Hotel, so I gave it a whirl. Amala is an urban… Read more »

DJ Andy Smith at Hare & Hounds + Exclusive Q&A by Sam Redmore

For our latest exclusive Q&A, Sam Redmore of Freestyle, has caught up with legendary DJ Andy Smith (who many will recognise from his work with Portishead), ahead… Read more »

Tara Tomes of East Village Q&A

With all the brand new developments going on in Brum, there comes new business, whether that be retail, food & drink, leisure or accommodation. All this needs… Read more »

Actress & Bishop Refit & Lou Woodley Q&A

Actress & Bishop Refit & Lou Woodley Q&A

Situated in the heart of St Pauls Square in The Jewellery Quarter, The Actress & Bishop opened in 2003 and has since become one of the city’s… Read more »

Trainspotting Play review by Maryam Snape

Trainspotting, In Your Face Theatre Company’s take on Irvine Welsh’s iconic story of the highs and lows of heroin addiction in late 1980s Leith in Edinburgh. When… Read more »

New ‘Busby Cocktail Bar’ to open on top of the BT Tower!

Exciting news comes to us on the grapevine about a brand new cocktail bar which may be situated on the top of Birmingham’s BT Tower offering spectacular… Read more »

Fried Chicken & Garage Rock Heaven at One Tricky Pony, review by Mazzy Snape

Every other Thursday local promoters ‘Killer Wave’ take over One Trick Pony Club in Moseley. The music is always good, with bands ranging from psychedelic indie to… Read more »

The All-Star Stand-Up Tour 2016 + Q&A of the Stars

Together for the first time and ready to take the roof off! Stand by for the stand-up comedy event of the year as Double Sony Award winner… Read more »

Night & Day Markets Review & Adam Regan Interview

Night & Day Markets Review & Adam Regan Interview

Last weekend, Seasonal Markets and Leftfoot joined forces to bring The Night & Day Markets to Digbeth. This two day festival witessed a bespoke banquet of music,… Read more »

The Lord Clifden Sunday Roast Review

The Lord Clifden Sunday Roast Review

I’ve been exceedingly aware of The Lord Clifden’s reputation for good food for many years, way before the onset of sharp-witted food bloggers and self proclaimed foodologists… Read more »

5 Fab Ideas to Treat your Mom this Mother’s Day

Try the Chi Kitchen Mother’s Day Menu Chi Kitchen is a Chinese and Pan-Asian restaurant located in Debenhams, The Bullring. Chi represents energy, health and balance in… Read more »

Exclusive Joe ‘Independent Birmingham’ Interview

Exclusive Joe ‘Independent Birmingham’ Interview

In our last Q&A session we spoke with Adam Regan on his endeavours in dance music, and a successful interview it was too. With over 160 social… Read more »

El Borracho De Oro Tapas Restaurant Review by Ken Byng

El Borracho De Oro Tapas Restaurant Review by Ken Byng

You wait years for a decent Tapas restaurant and then several come along at once… Birmingham diners in search of some Hispanic cuisine in the city centre… Read more »

Lisa Mitchell & Harry Jordan gig review by Lee Endres

As soon as Harry Jordan got to the microphone, we were immediately taken in by her personable aura. The Ort Cafe audience tonight is a well behaved… Read more »

Watch and Listen to Grapevine Reviewer Lee Endres’ latest song!

Grapevine Reviewer Lee Endres has recently returned to the West Midlands from Brighton where he wrote for a local what’s on guide. There’s much more to Lee… Read more »

Exclusive Adam Regan ‘Leftfoot and Hare & Hounds’ Interview

Exclusive Adam Regan ‘Leftfoot and Hare & Hounds’ Interview

So our first interview for 2016 and it’s a good one! Many people will know or have been to a Leftfoot event, if not you will most… Read more »

A Radio Love Affair ft 1972 Brum Soul Radio Broadcast

A Radio Love Affair ft 1972 Brum Soul Radio Broadcast

Here’s a little bit about my own love affair with radio, featuring an interview from local soul DJ legend Mickey Nold (and a radio show from 1972… Read more »

Chicks Dig Jerks Party review by Lee Endres

Chicks Dig Jerks radio show have outdone themselves with tonight’s line up. The Christmas party is to celebrate that they have a new show on Brumradio.com, and… Read more »

Chris Wiggin ‘Canoodle’ Street Food Interview

Chris Wiggin ‘Canoodle’ Street Food Interview

Welcome to our special Christmas edition of Grapevine Q&A. We are ending the year with a fab interview, Chris Wiggin from Canoodle Catering and a regular at… Read more »

Jump The Shark Gig Review by Lee Endres

There’s an excitable hustle at the Sunflower Lounge tonight as Jump The Shark are the first to take to the stage. They start the night off with… Read more »

The Clothes Show Live 2015 review by Jaspreet Thiara

The Clothes Show Live 2015 review by Jaspreet Thiara

It has been a week since the biggest fashion event in Birmingham. The Clothes Show that takes place every year, ran from Friday 4th to the 8th… Read more »

Richard P J Lambert: Local analogue photographer Interview by Kate Hook

Richard P J Lambert: Local analogue photographer Interview by Kate Hook

Richard P J Lambert is a analogue photographer from Birmingham, who produces visually stunning and elegant imagery from his home town to his travels around the world…. Read more »

Jump The Shark new single review by Lee Endres

Jump The Shark’s latest release clearly demonstrates the band’s ability to mix rock and infectious pop. The Wolverhampton four piece confidently step out of the shadows to… Read more »

MeMe Detroit new single review by Lee Endres

MeMe Detroit new single review by Lee Endres

Birmingham based MeMe Detroit has released a new single A Point Of You. It will be the second single release from forthcoming album ‘Live To Love You’ll… Read more »

Richard Dorfmeister/Steve Cobby to DJ at Hare & Hounds + Exclusive Interviews

Richard Dorfmeister/Steve Cobby to DJ at Hare & Hounds + Exclusive Interviews

This Saturday (14th Nov) Leftfoot will be welcoming Richard Dorfmeister and Steve Cobby to the Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath. In the world of electronic music Richard… Read more »

Win Two Free Tickets to Clothes Show 2015!

**THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED** (Congratulations to Gaynor from Wythall, Birmingham). Grapevine Birmingham has teamed up with The Clothes Show in association with Alcatel Onetouch to offer… Read more »

Video Exclusive: MeMe Detroit New Single ‘A Point Of You’

Video Exclusive: MeMe Detroit New Single ‘A Point Of You’

We are delighted to be the first to get our mits on Birmingham based MeMe Detroit‘s brand new video for new single A Point Of You, out Friday… Read more »

Swim Deep – O2 Institute review by Sabrina Fung

Swim Deep – O2 Institute review by Sabrina Fung

I was enjoying my usual coffee and chill time in Faculty few weeks ago, when one of the barista’s put on a very dreamy playlist, it sounded… Read more »

Grand Central opening & Andy Street Interview

Grand Central opening & Andy Street Interview

It has been nearly two weeks since attending the pre-launch media breakfast on Thursday 24th September 2015, for the Grand Central Birmingham opening & John Lewis Ribbon-cutting…. Read more »

Introduction to jewellery weekend course Review by Sally W Jones

Deep inside me, and I bet you too, is a well of creative genius, just waiting to be discovered. All I need is to find the right… Read more »

Exclusive Interview: The Man Behind Dine Birmingham

Featured Image: Ahmed Ahmed (left) with Birmingham Indepedent Food Fair 2014 sponsors Hello Ahmed, this is the second in our interview series for Grapevine Birmingham, the first… Read more »