Back 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 would look, and then teasing us with some delicious looking food photos, I was looking forward to checking out the venue.
A bit of a departure from the team that brought us The Victoria, Jekyll & Hyde and Bodega, Marmalade Birmingham is a new bistro and bar overlooking Centenary Square, nestled in the Birmingham Rep Theatre. It brings BnT’s eclectic mix of quirky furnishings with relaxing dining, offering small plates and pre-theatre dishes as well as a delicious cocktail menu we’ve come to know and expect from them.
Having been quietly open for a week and a half, the official opening saw a marriage of the Rep with some spoken word and Marmalade’s food and drink. Mini versions of some of the dishes as canapes, including: coffee-infused lamb, prune glaze and sweet potato mash; Rep Eaton Mess; and sesame-coated halloumi, seared honeydew melon and black olive tapenade, was a nice excuse to taste a range of dishes. I’m not overly keen on sweet potato, but I enjoyed the sweetness of the mash with the coffee-infused lamb and the venue’s take on Eaton Mess was a lovely, classic dessert. I also sampled a Pomegranate Collins which was nicely balanced and lovely and refreshing.
Trina Jones, general manager of Birmingham Repertory Theatre, says of Marmalade: “We’re thrilled to welcome Matt and the Bitters ‘n’ Twisted team to The REP. Marmalade is for everyone – it is the sort of bar and bistro you could just as easily use every week for a casual business lunch or pop in of an evening because you happen to be passing. It’s warm, welcoming, affordable and most of all, delicious.”
I’m looking forward to heading back soon and checking out a full meal!
Disclosure: I was invited down to the official opening of Marmalade by the Rep theatre. I wasn’t obliged to write anything about the event, nor take any photos but I just can’t help myself. Sadly, despite the name, there was no official opening by Paddington bear, nor was there any actual marmalade.