Grace and James review – Stitch and Sup-wine away the evening!

As we celebrate the equinox and lengthening sunlight, it is a time for reflection, looking at the past days and planning for the future. And to be frank I smell the seasons change in the air, the warmer weather, brighter evenings, a spring in ones step and that takes me back to York Road fun in the summer months.

Grace and James the local and friendly, independent wine bar on York Road, Kings Heath. It offers a warm and inviting atmosphere to test wines by the glass or buy bottles. The husband and wife duo, Henry and Sophie ooze charm and knowledge and truly do travel the globe to hunt out the curious and unusual small batch vineyards producing organic and natural wines.

They offer a range of local and international craft beers and a host of soft drinks if you are after more of a thirst quencher. Their knowledge does not just cease at the quaffable but they also have a fine range of cheese, vegan too and cured meats. These can be served as platters with their artisan crackers or locally made sour dough bread, or alternatively grab some picnic items to take away.

The space has grown over the winter months and now has a fabulous back room that can be used to host wine tastings, courses and parties. The setting is dynamic and lends itself beautifully to social skill sharers such as The Rainy Day Projects weekly crochet club. Local Rebecca Dawes Lea shares her skills to help crochet wanna be’s and the more experienced make their projects a reality. Booking essential (

Do you have a pooch in tow, then no problem this is wag friendly zone. I am looking forward to sunset evenings spilling out onto York Road in the not too distant future, with my crochet project in hand and a glass of wine. Hurrah for arts, light…and wine!

Article by Rhiannon Simpson of Birmingham Food Tour