The Jewellery Quarter is, for want of a better phrase, one of Birmingham’s hidden gems. It’s somewhere I don’t get to often enough, but thanks to the MyBull keyring – from the team that brings you Birmingham Updates –I got to go on an adventure in the JQ with George from Caramel Latte Kiss, including food, drinks and getting trapped in a room for fun!
MyBull keyring gets you exclusive discounts at venues all over the city, both chains and indies, including restaurants, bars, hotels and attractions. You get a rather snazzy silver Bull keyring that’s £18 for one, £30 for two. Armed with ours, George & I headed off the to JQ for the night.
The Rose Villa Tavern
I’ve frequented The Rose Villa Tavern for years. It’s usually the first place I head to when I do find myself in the Jewellery Quarter. Their menu is full of the kind of casual, messy food that I love, especially their impressive selection of chicken. George and I had both been checking out the menu earlier in the day and decided on the Korean glazed chicken thighs (£17 for 10).
As it was Thursday, the offer of the day was Super Fries Me, which means you can upgrade any of the Super Dope Fries from a regular to a large for free. George went for Buffalo fries (usually £5.50) while I had chilli cheese fries (usually £6.50).
The chicken was ridiculously good. Salty, spicy, sticky, boneless chicken thighs. Juicy meat, crispy skin. They are everything you want chicken to be. We rather ambitiously ordered the 10 piece portion, when really the 5 would have sufficed, but we ploughed on as the chicken is too good to waste.
Fries were also really good. The chilli was warming with a good touch of spice, and plenty of melty, stringy cheese. There was enough to cover the fries but not so much that they all went soggy.
George enjoyed the Buffalo fries too which looked just as good, smothered in hot sauce and blue cheese dressing.
MyBull discount: Get a kilo of chicken wings for £12.50.
After fuelling up on chicken, we headed to Escape Live to try out their Time Machine game (usually £16 per person).
We were met by our games master Olivia, who got us ready and guided us through the game. The theme is that Jamie from Escape Live has created his own time machine, and unfortunately got lost in time in the process. It was our job to find the clues and rescue him.
We had 60 minutes on the clock and multiple time periods to get through. The game was tricky, but not impossible, and George & I managed to beat the game with just over 2 minutes 30 to go.
I thought it was great fun, and would definitely go back to try some of their other games. The Lab looked particularly good fun.
MyBull discount: 20% off when you book online
40 St Pauls
Our last stop of the evening was a nightcap at 40 St Pauls – the award winning Gin bar just off St Paul’s Square.
With just 24 seats, it’s a really intimate space, but despite its small size, there are 140 gins on offer to try. They even do a Ginspotter card with prizes if you manage to work your way through all of them.
George & I both opted for a cocktail here. I had the tropical sour (usually £8), made with Beefeater 24 gin infused with mango and papaya, with a lemon meringue top. This had the perfect balance of sweetness and sharpness, with an amazing, silky foam on top. Very quaffable.
George went for the Rhubarb and Custard gin slushie which we’d previously sampled at the Independent Birmingham Festival, and it didn’t disappoint. In fact we thought it was even better.
We were looked after very well by the lovely bar staff too. A perfect end to a really fun evening.
MyBull discount: 10% off total bill and 20% off events
I had a fabulous night in the Jewellery Quarter. Pick yourself up a MyBull keyring and you can enjoy discounts on old favourites and new things to do as well.
Our MyBull keyrings, food, drink and escape game were all complimentary, thanks to the team at MyBull. All opinions are, as always, my own, and I was under no obligation to provide a positive review of any of the venues visited.