The Wedding Club opens in the Mailbox

Designer bridal retailer, The Wedding Club has opened a brand new store in Birmingham’s Mailbox. The brand already has stores in Knightsbridge and South Kensington, and they focus on quality dresses for stylish brides.

The Wedding Club

I went along to the opening party to check out the new store and their range of bridal wear. The Wedding Club stock dresses and accessories for the bride, bridesmaids and the mother-of-bride, from designers including Jenny PackhamTemperley London and Two Birds.

The Wedding Club Birmingham

Designer bridal

The new store is a chic, white, calm space full of gorgeous wisps of lace and sparkles. The dresses here are stylish, with intricate detail. There’s a lot of lace, a lot of crystal beading, and a lot of tulle. The dresses are like works of art, and I drifted around for ages admiring how incredibly beautiful they are.

The store will host regular events, with a good list already planned, with upcoming trunk shows from Atelier Pronovias and Kate Halfpenny.

The Wedding Club is also known for it’s impressive sales, with some designer dresses available for a fraction of their original price.

Bridal sale

Bridal events

Bridesmaid Dresses

The new store can be found on the first floor of the Mailbox, and is open between 10am and 6pm, by appointment only.

It’s a beautiful store, sure to make any bride feel like a princess.

I was invited to the opening party of The Wedding Club. All pictures, words and opinions are entirely my own. I was not obliged to write a blog post. 

Rofuto’s First Birthday

High above the streets of Birmingham, there is a magical land of sushi and cocktails. On the 16th floor above the Park Regis hotel, is Rofuto, a sky bar and restaurant specialising in contemporary Asian cuisine.

I was invited along to help them celebrate their first birthday and hear about their plans for their second year. I’ve reviewed Rofuto before, and being a sushi fiend, I was delighted to attend.

Rofuto Party

Rofuto

Sky Bar

I swooshed up in the lift with Bite Your Brum and Miss Pond, and was very pleased to be handed a welcome drink within seconds of reaching the door. Even with the rain outside, the sweeping city views from the floor to ceiling windows were still impressive and we bagged a spot by the window to gaze out at the city lights below us. Inside, Rofuto always feels modern and chic to me, like an upmarket bar in Tokyo, rather than a cheesy themed restaurant in rainy Brum! With the central bar and range of tall tables for sipping drinks and more intimate tables for dining, Rofuto is a great spot if you’ve got someone you’re trying to impress, be they a business client or a date.

Fiveway Sunset

Rofuto Cocktails

Eastern Medicine

A tour of the cocktail menu seemed in order. The Fiveway Sunset (£9) is a mix of Hendricks, lime juice, ginger syrup, guava syrup and ginger beer. With sharp, spicy flavours, this was a popular option on the night and I saw dozens being made. The Ringo (£10) uses one of my favourite whiskys, Nikka from the barrel, with apple juice, lemon juice, vanilla syrup and angostura bitters. Whisky and apple is a classic combination for a reason, and I really enjoyed this. The best cocktail I tried was the Eastern Medicine (£12) which is Hakashu single malt, wildflower honey, root ginger, lemon juice and angostura bitters. This was warming, and sweet with plenty of boozy punch.

One of Rofuto‘s team whose name I have now forgotten (sorry!) filled us in on their plans for their second year in business. The menu has had a little makeover, with additions of some new dishes that Rofuto hope will be more accessible, including a selection of steaks, ranging from a an Aberdeen Black Angus Beef Sirloin Steak at £22 to a Wagyu Beef Sirloin Grade 7 Steak at £45, and a Wagyu Beef Burger (£15). I tried a little sample of the Crispy Suckling Pork Belly (£16), and it was melt-in-the-mouth perfect.

Rofuto have also launched an early bird menu. This smaller menu is priced at £19 for two courses, or £24 for three courses, which is an excellent value way of trying out Rofuto‘s food.

Sushi Boat

Sushi

For me though, however good the main menu is (and it is good), the real standout at Rofuto is their sushi. A huge sushi boat was laid out for the party, and I made a good dent in it, with absolute joy. Their sushi is colourful, and pretty to look at, and prepared with real pride. The flavours are delicate and well balanced, and there is a truly massive variety to try out. Personally, I’d give the early bird option a miss, and blow the budget on some top quality sushi.

Despite their aim to become more accessible, there’s no denying that Rofuto is not a budget option (unless you’re on the early bird menu), but you are paying for a wonderful experience, with excellent food in truly stunning surroundings. I’d recommend ordering the Rofuto Platter which at £55 for a mix of 40 pieces of Nigiri, Sashimi, Uramaki, Hosomaki and Futomaki actually isn’t too wallet busting between two or three of you.

I was guest of Rofuto and East Village. My food and drinks were complementary. I was not obliged to write a blog post. All opinions are honest and my own. 

The Fighting Cocks, Moseley

I don’t spend nearly enough time in Moseley, and whenever I visit, I always resolve I should head to that side of Birmingham more often. When The Fighting Cocks asked if I’d like to mosey over Moseley way and check out their menu, I was on the number 50 bus and on my way almost faster than I could reply to their email.

I’ve actually not visited The Fighting Cocks before, and was pleased to find the place was busy with locals eating and drinking on our Friday night visit. The inside is classic local pub, with lots of cosy booths. We settled in and perused the menu.

Mushrooms on Toast

Unfortunately, my first choice of starter was sold out, so instead I switched to Sautéed Mushrooms on Toasted Ancient Grain Bread . Ancient grain just seemed to mean ‘white’, but it was a good doorstop of lightly toasted bread. The mushrooms were perfect for a cooler autumn evening, with lots of creamy sauce and big chunks of meaty mushrooms. Cosy and filling, I wasn’t too sad at all that I’d missed out on the calamari.

Prawns

I am a bad blogger and have forgotten the name of the starter Dave ordered and it seems to not be on the menu on the website, but it was essentially prawns and chorizo on sourdough toast. There were a huge amount of prawns, which is always good to see. I felt the dish could have done with a bit of dressing actually across the bread, as when the prawns inevitably fell off, you were left with some very plain bread. Dave was unbothered by this however, and felt the artful swirl of balsamic across the plate was enough. He reported that the dish was well cooked with  lots of flavour.

Beef Burger

For main courses, I was still feeling those Autumn comfort food vibes and opted for a burger. The Beef Burger comes in a brioche bun with bacon and melted cheese, and is served with a choice of chips (you can choose between regular, triple cooked or sweet potato) and a gherkin. The triple cooked chips I chose were excellent, but I was sorry to there was no sign of the promised gherkin. The burger itself was good, with a chunky, juicy patty and well cooked bacon. The relish smear on the side of the plate was delicious, but I would have preferred it actually inside the burger, which was lacking in sauce.

Steak

Dave’s steak arrived with triple cooked chips and a giant Yorkshire pudding filled with caramelised onions. The steak was perfectly cooked, with the peppercorn butter really adding to the juiciness of the meat. The yorkshire was overcooked (so much so, that on first seeing it I mistook it for a large stuffed mushroom) which made it far too crispy, but the onion filling was tasty.

We both liked the atmosphere of The Fighting Cocks and I could easily see why it’s a popular spot. The staff are friendly, the bar is well-stocked and the food is competitively priced. With lots of foodie options in the area though, I think the menu offering was perfectly nice, but was of pretty standard gastro-pub quality. If you’re in Moseley and in want of a good pub meal, this is definitely a good option,in surroundings perfect for those cold evenings drawing in.

I was invited to review The Fighting Cocks. Our food and drinks were complementary. All opinions, words and photographs are entirely my own.