Browns Birmingham

As a birthday treat for my cousin, she travelled up from Kent to Birmingham for a weekend at The Clothes Show, a Birthday dinner and a bit of spa action.

We decided to treat ourselves to a couple of nights at the Hilton Metropole at the NEC, which is a rather lovely hotel considering it’s more geared up towards business travellers.

After a busy day at The Clothes Show, we went into the city centre to Browns Bar & Brasserie at the newly opened Spiceal Street. To say the place was buzzing is an understatement. Full house, live pianist in the background and a really good atmosphere.

We were seated straight away, upstairs by the full length glass windows with a view of the Bullring and the church all lit up spectacularly in the cold evening. The view was really lovely, and a great backdrop to our meal. Our waitress Meg was fab too. She helped us choose a bottle of wine, a really refreshing Pinot Grigio, and we had plenty of time to order without feeling rushed.

We both started with Duck Parfait which arrived really quickly, which was good news for both of us as at this point, we were starving! The parfait was smooth and rich, the beetroot and apple chutney really delicious and home made bread topped it off. Very impressive first round.

I then had lobster tagliatelli with a white wine, cream and chive sauce, which was, I must say, perfection. The food again arrived without us even noticing the wait, and mine looked absolutely amazing! There was half a grilled lobster on top, which was sweet and succulent, the pasta was cooked really well, a tiny bit al dente, and the sauce was flavoursome and really complimented the fish.

By this point you’d have thought we were full, which we were, but we still decided to have puddings anyway. We opted for the Creme Brulee as I wasn’t sure I’d be able to fit anything else in. I was very pleased I did – the portion size was perfect, small enough to not make my dress split at the seams, big enough to feel like a proper dessert. The top was crisp and golden and the centre was really vanillary and velvety.

I was very impressed with the food, but I have to say, the service was impeccable. A full restaurant, barely any waiting time for the food, service with a smile every time, very knowledgable staff, and no rush to throw us out when we’d finished. I’ve gotta hand it to them, really well done. Definitely recommend a try!

Well, following our delicious meal, the the only thing left to do was retire to bed back at the Hilton, having booked some spa treatments for the morning.

Breakfast was a somewhat lighter affair the next morning, but both me and my cousin were impressed with the Hilton’s omelette and pancake station. I had a really well cooked cheese and mushroom omelette, with a side of George Lamb sitting across the way from us.

What a weekend huh?!