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I was a schoolboy chef at Birmingham’s Grand Hotel | review
Four decades after taking a part-time job in the city’s top hotel, our reviewer checks out its newly restored incarnation – and finds it as eye-popping as ever

Gavin McOwan

25, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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‘I buy at least 40 samosas’: Jess Phillips’s inside guide to Birmingham
‘Birmingham is a canopy of trees and has the best samosas in the world.’ The MP picks her favourite places to eat, drink and visit in her home town

Interview by Nazia Parveen

14, Nov, 2021 @11:00 AM

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A guided walk of Tolkien's original Shire, in Birmingham
It’s there and back again for our writer, who takes in Hobbiton, the mill, the Old Forest and the author’s childhood home – all in the suburb of Sarehole

Richard Franks

13, Nov, 2020 @6:30 AM

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Legna, Birmingham: ‘An orchestra with an instrument missing' - restaurant review
The decor is beautiful, the service courteous and the atmosphere stimulating, but what happened to the food?

Grace Dent

01, Mar, 2019 @10:00 AM

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Take the kids to … Legoland Discovery Centre, Birmingham
This indoor twist on a Legoland theme park builds up the fun with its miniature city, rides and play area but crumbles when it comes to entertaining older kids

Gavin McOwan

23, Oct, 2018 @11:05 AM

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Take the kids to … West Midland Safari Park
Featuring A-listers of the animal kingdom, this safari park gets a thumbs up from the children – and the attached fun fair makes it a complete, if pricey, day out

Gavin McOwan

11, Apr, 2017 @10:00 AM

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Alt city guide to Birmingham
With independent art and street food scenes, and clubs and soundsystems bursting with bass, the second city has first-rate cultural credentials – if, like our writer, you know where to look

Tony Naylor

22, Nov, 2016 @6:30 AM

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The Wilderness, Birmingham: ‘This is dinner as theatrical performance’ – restaurant review | Marina O’Loughlin
‘It looks like a stage set, and the food is every bit as dramatic’

Marina O'Loughlin

18, Nov, 2016 @2:00 PM

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The High Field Townhouse, Birmingham: hotel review
Part of the maverick Peach chain, this pub/hotel in upmarket, leafy Edgbaston is swanky and handsome, but it doesn’t always hit the mark on the food front

Tony Naylor

22, Oct, 2016 @10:00 AM

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Record 1 million overseas visitors to Birmingham
No other city outside London has seen such an increase in tourists – drawn here by high-class art, Michelin-star restaurants – and Peaky Blinders

Will Coldwell

27, May, 2016 @4:04 PM

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Peaky Blinders and the man who bit the heads off rats for a bet | Letters
Letters: Once Tommy Tank walked from Coventry to Birmingham, backwards and with a house brick on his head


02, May, 2016 @6:22 PM

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‘Birmingham is beautiful if you look at it in a certain way’
For Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, Brum is undersold aesthetically and historically – something he wants to help rectify

Interview by Gavin McOwan

29, Apr, 2016 @5:30 AM

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