The leafy suburb of Sutton Coldfield lies just 10 miles north of Birmingham city centre, yet sometimes seems to lack the vibrant food scene of its big sister.
While Birmingham city centre is bursting with independent restaurants, celebrity chefs and Michelin stars, and south Birmingham suburbs Moseley and Kings Heath enjoy regular food markets, street food fairs and pop-ups, Sutton has often felt a little overlooked. Until now.
The Deli in Boldmere are bringing some of Birmingham’s best street food to Sutton with a monthly Street Feast in Boldmere high street. I went along to the last event, courtesy of Dine Birmingham (where I am a contributing writer) to check it out.
Boldmere has its own High Street, gate into Sutton Park and an impressive collection of independent shops and restaurants, of which The Deli is one. The Street Feast was held on a balmy Friday night, and despite the fact that the High Street was closed to cars for roadworks, it was obvious that wasn’t about to stop anybody.
Music was playing, the smell of barbecued jerk chicken and frying burgers wafted through the air and people were queueing for food as far as the eye could see. There were only 3 traders at this event, but the balance was good with 2 savoury options and crepes for dessert.
I headed to Boxfood first to try the Jerk Chicken.
Fresh off the barbecue, the chicken was juicy, flavoursome and with just enough kick. The rice and peas were creamy, the salad was fresh and crunchy and the Caribbean pickles really lifted the whole dish.
Burgers were up next.
The guys from Porky Blinders had a huge queue so I waited a while and hoped it would be worth it. I wasn’t disappointed. Despite this being only their second event, the team worked like a well oiled machine, they were friendly, fun and chatty, service was fast and the burgers were fantastic. What I liked was that these were simple burgers done well, letting the ingredients sing. Good beef, pink in the middle, fresh buns, a little salad and sauce and no gimmicks.
I really hope to see these guys out and about more soon. I hear there are rumours they may be appearing at the Lichfield Christmas Festival so watch this space!
Of course I couldn’t skip dessert so I went to see the lovely ladies at TLC Creperie for a sweet treat.
I went for a banana and nutella crepe, which was made fresh right in front of me in their adorable van, then dusted with icing sugar and promptly devoured. You can’t go wrong with a classic.
I was driving so I didn’t stay for drinks but there was a great selection of beers, wines and even cocktails on offer. The atmosphere was buzzing even as the sun started to set and a I left looking forward to the next event.
I love that this could be the start of a regular street food event in Sutton and long may it continue!
You can find The Deli in Boldmere on Boldmere High Street. Keep an eye on their website for details of the next Street Feast.