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5 new openings for the city centre?


2015, it’s the beginning of a new year and already I’ve been hearing some pretty substantial rumours about a raft of openings in the city.  It seems a shame to keep them to myself, so here are some of the stronger rumours I’ve heard – and where possible, links to more info!

Bitters n Twisted’s 7th Birmingham venue

Birmingham bar and restaurant group Bitters n Twisted are set to open their seventh Birmingham based venue next month with Marmalade, a bistro bar in the Birmingham Rep Theatre on Broad St. Their website is more of a holding page at the moment, but there is an example pre-theatre menu on their website which looks pretty tasty – seems seasonal, homemade dishes will be the order of the day. I’m looking forward to hearing more!

Gas Street Social

From the ashes of Bar Room Bar in the Mailbox?  From the team behind Shaker Group, Gas Street Social restaurant and bar is set to launch mid-March on Wharfside Street in the Mailbox. With 250 covers, this venue is set to serve simple, seasonal and modern European food, described as an urban neighbourhood kitchen. Given the Birmingham-based Shaker Group also run Shaker & Co bar and BarSchool in London, and run a consultancy for bars and restaurants internationally, Gas Street Social’s drinks list, containing cocktails, regional and international beers and fine wines should be something well worth checking out too.

Mailbox Tavern

John Bright St has rediscovered it’s roots as an entertainment hub; with The Victoria, Cherry Reds and Brewdog joined by Turtle Bay last year, it’s rapidly becoming a dining and drinking hotspot once again. But rumour has it the old Rosie O’Brien’s (the building in between Turtle Bay and Brook, with the red railings outside) has been snapped up by a Staffordshire based pub group and if all goes through, will be known as the Mailbox Tavern.

The Botanist

New World Trading Company’s first foray into Birmingham was announced last year, but I’m patiently awaiting it’s first offering to the city; The Botanist, due to open on Temple St – in March, if rumours are to be believed. Already proving popular in Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle, their deli and BBQ inspired food menu and selection of botanical cocktails, craft beers and ales, sounds pretty tempting!

Spanish restaurant for Bennetts Hill

And hot on the heels as another contender for food paradise is Bennetts Hill, with everything from fine dining to real ale, curry and South American cuisine. But rumour has it there’s a Spanish and Mediterranean restaurant that might be joining them.  Details are very scarce but there seems to be something cooking up at 9 – 10 Bennetts Hill in the shape of Amantia.

Any that I’ve missed? Feel free to email me, send me a tweet or drop me a Facebook message!

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  • Reply Helen

    Exciting! I’m particularly excited for the Botanist. Intrigued by the Mailbox Tavern too, I’ve heard of its existance but nothing more! Mysterious…

    January 3, 2015 at 10:20 pm
    • Reply Laura

      I’m struggling to decide which I’m most excited about – they all sound pretty exciting!

      January 3, 2015 at 10:38 pm
  • Reply Roz

    all sound v exciting!!!

    January 3, 2015 at 10:33 pm
  • Reply Sophie

    These all sound great! So excited for some new additions, even though I still have loads of places to try, haha.

    January 5, 2015 at 2:46 pm
    • Reply Laura

      I know the feeling – maybe it’s time to start thinking of another meet up?

      January 6, 2015 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply Claudia

    All sound rather promising! Particularly interested in The Botanist and Marmalade. Hooray for 2015!

    January 6, 2015 at 6:54 pm
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    January 14, 2015 at 2:25 pm
  • Reply Marmalade officially opens - Full to the Brum

    […] in January, I found our Bitters n Twisted were to open their seventh Birmingham-based venue.  After releasing artists impressions of how the venue at the Rep Theatre […]

    February 28, 2015 at 10:23 pm
  • Reply Coming Soon to Birmingham #3 - Full to the Brum

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