Café Ikon / Sergio Vega
1 Oozells Square, Birmingham B1 2HS
0121 248 0708

When you have satisfied your mind’s hunger for contemporary artistic musings from the Ikon Gallery’s exhibitions, then don’t forget get to fill your stomachs too and make a stop off at the adjoined Café Ikon.

Don’t worry if you’re not a beret wearing art fanatic, the Café welcomes everyone to sit and enjoy a cappuccino; but those who choose to have a meal will be treated to a Spanish tapas menu and the paellas come highly recommended.

If you didn’t get enough art in the galleries, then on August 5th, to support his Ikon Eastside exhibition, Brazilian artist Sergio Vega will be taking over the Café. On that evening the menu may even get a little mix up, and if you are wondering what that unusual meat is in the paella, then you may want to look up what ‘jacaré’ means in English.

Want a bit of entertainment while you dine? Well with your Wednesday night meals you will have a supporting act of guitarist Jamie Fekete playing his compositions of flamenco and gypsy jazz.

Craig Bush

Great British Eatery

13 Broadway Plaza, Francis Road, Birmingham, B16 8LP
0121 456 5955

For the past two years old school pals Conrad Brunton and Andrew Insley have officially been dishing up the best fish and chips in the region. As well as serving the nation’s Friday night favourite GBE specialises in a host of British classics. And if that’s not enough they are also licensed, selling local beers from Holden’s in Dudley and Freedom lagers from Staffordshire, as well as Purity Ales and pear and apple ciders – the perfect accompaniment to a great dish. Continue reading

Soul Food Project

The Hare & Hounds, High Street, Kings Heath
Tuesday to Saturdays 12pm–8pm / Sundays 12pm–5pm

Aiming to buck the trend of regular pub grub menus Soul Food Project is taking its influences from the diverse food landscape of America.

Started by Matt Beck, Alex Morrall and Carl Finn, who between them have over a decade’s worth of experience in the food and hospitality industry, Soul Food Project is an exciting new food venture that has recently launched at The Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath.

Co-founder Matt Beck told us that Soul Food Project came about because “we wanted to inject a little fun back into food and to try and create a community around what we’re doing by involving people in the menu decisions, hosting live music and making the food approachable to everyone.”

Items currently on the menu include Crayfish, chorizo and chicken Jambalaya, Cajun fish, homemade Southern Fried Chicken, Muffelattas, Sunburst salads, Creole Chilli and a hefty range of waffles which are all made using as many locally sourced products as possible.

Matt says: “We’ve always loved the variety of American food and its no frills attitude but more specifically Soul Food is all about making the most out of what you’ve got and having to be inventive with the ingredients you have. We’ve worked hard to create a menu that is affordable but also shows quality and care.”

Although the venture is newly opened Matt tells us that they’ve got some exciting plans for the future “Short term we want to keep expanding and working on the menu to keep things interesting. Our weekend brunch menu is about to launch (12pm-2pm expect pancakes, soul breakfast, corned beef hash). Ultimately we want to create a brand that people can trust and that actually has some soul (no pun intended)”.