The Bad Bride Diaries: Highbury Hall Wedding Fayre

A few weekends back, we continued our wedding planning adventures with a visit to Highbury Hall for their wedding fayre. Highbury is a stunning building, dating back to 1878. The fair showcased lots of local wedding vendors, covering everything from wedding dresses to a hypnotist to combat wedding day nerves.

Highbury Hall

We grabbed a glass of fizz and went for a stroll. We’re a way off our wedding, obviously, but I was hoping to get some ideas.

The Dressing Rooms

Tea length wedding dress

Wedding Dress

Dancers suit

The clothing

We looked at wedding dresses from TDR Bridal Outlet, suits from Peter Posh and Dancers, and Mother of the Bride outfits from Liliann Occasion Wear

Turns out Mum and I are super fussy, as neither of us saw anything we’d actually wear, but the ladies from TDR were lovely, and as they stock ex-samples of House of Mooshki, I’ll definitely be going in for an appointment. I’m not at all precious about wearing an ex-sample dress, and the heavy discounts are definitely attractive!

We had more luck with suits, coming away with both loving a few cuts, and basically anything in blue. We definitely have some ideas now, and again, found the chaps from Dancers super friendly.

Wedding Cake

Vintage Bottles


Table Setting

The Details

Surprise, surprise, I loved a lot of the little vintage details. Pretty glassware, vintage florals, gimme all the retro detailing. I also really loved the beautiful cakes from Daisy & Fred. I already know my cake will be coming from my friend Imogen’s company, Paisley Immy Cakes, but I still enjoyed Daisy & Fred‘s bright, colourful designs. Incredible work.

We had a fun day and did come away with a few ideas, and some vendors we’ll be checking out for sure. If nothing else, we know we need to go back and view Highbury Hall…

Highbury Hall Wedding Fayre was free to attend. Nobody we spoke to knew I was a blogger. All words, images and opinions are my own. 

Where Can I Watch Super Bowl 2018 in Birmingham?

It’s Super Bowl season! Super Bowl LII is on Sunday 4th February, with Justin Timberlake performing at halftime. More and more Brits are watching the Super Bowl (and the usually epic halftime show) every year, which means more venues are starting to screen it, complete with suitably American food and drink offers. But where should you be watching it if you’re in Birmingham? I’ve dug out lots of options to watch the game, whether you want to spend your night surrounded by cheerleaders, or in more sedate surroundings, and tracked down the best offers for the night.

Super Bowl 2018 Birmingham

The Lord Clifden

Making a name for itself as a great venue to watch sport, The Lord Clifden in the Jewellery Quarter will be screening the Super Bowl. With a late licence and a late kitchen, you can keep fed and watered no matter how late the game goes. They’re promising a range of special Super Bowl snacks too. Yum!

coast to coast

We picked this option last year, and it was great. Coast to Coast is a more laid back option of you want to relax with a beer to watch the game, instead of being surrounded by lots of noisy beer chugging. You can book a table for the Super Bowl Sunday now. The bar will be open all night for the game, and they’ve got some great gameday offers, including £10 for hot dog, dirty fries and a Budweiser, or 5 Budweisers for £15.

Texan roadhouse

If you’re looking for a more…lively…evening, you can catch the game with Texan Roadhouse and their cowgirl waitresses. Buy a Bud or a Bud Light during the game, and you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win tickets to an NFL game in London next season.

Players Bar

Birmingham Lions (UoB’s own American Football team) are taking over Players Bar to host an epic Super Bowl shindig. There’ll be food available all night, HD projector screens, games with cash prizes and performances from the award winning Birmingham Pussycats Cheerleaders. Drinks offers includes £2 VKs, £2 Vodka mixers (double up for an extra £1), and £2.50 bottles including Sol, Heineken and Desperados. Standard entry is £5, or you can book a VIP package including food, drink, hostess service and premier seating .


They might be Aussie, but Walkabout will be showing Super Bowl 2018. Book a booth by calling  07500115776 or e-mailing, and you could win a jersery from your favourite NFL team.

The church

Hit The  Church in the Jewellery Quarter for a big screen in the back room, late night kitchen serving up Superbowl snacks, and a late late bar with lots of cocktail specials.


Open until 5am, you can really bring the Super Bowl party at Rileys. There’ll be a late bar, and tickets are £5 including a drink. Grab your tickets here.

Where are you going to be watching this year? Please send good vibes; my fiancé and I are Eagles and Patriots supporters respectively, so it’s going to be a tense time in our household. Perhaps I’d better hold off on the wedding planning…



The Beefy Boys, Hereford

It’s a good sign that you’re in for a good burger experience, when a restaurant gives you a whole kitchen roll. The Beefy Boys do exactly that, so from the moment I sat down, I was hopeful this was going to be a messy burger to remember.

The Beefy Boys

After starting as a street-food venture, this was my first visit to The Beefy Boys Meat Boutique venue, after years of stalking them round food festivals. The venue is classic cool – corrugated iron, industrial lighting, and lots of cosy tables.

Rappers Delight

Dave chose one of the specials, the Rappers Delight. The burger was designed in collaboration with none other than the Sugarhill Gang, and is made up of a 21 day aged Hereford beef patty, bacon, mushrooms, roasted peppers, onions, spinach, chipotle ketchup, roasted garlic mayo and mustard with American and Swiss cheese. The burgers here are a sensible size, large without being ridiculous. This was packed with delicious ingredients, and it vanished very quickly, so was clearly as delicious as it looked.

The Chilli Cheese Fries are piled with beef chilli, nacho cheese sauce and sour cream. This is a huge portion, so I’d suggest ordering to share. The chilli was deep with smoky flavour, and the fries are crisp and tasty.

Millionaire's fries

Jurassic Classic

The Millionaire Fries are served with truffle oil, parmesan, chives and a side of chipotle dip. The fries are fluffy inside, crisp outside, and were bloody beautiful.

My burger pick was the The Jurassic Classic Nozboy which was made in honour of local music festival Nozstock. The burger is smothered with honey mustard mayo, ketchup, spinach, an egg over easy, American cheese, Swiss cheese and bacon. The egg was perfectly runny, which made the burger a right mess, but gorgeous tasting. The meat itself is good quality, cooked to medium and full of beefy goodness. I was covered in egg by the time I’d finished, but full and extremely happy.

If you’re Hereford way, definitely go and visit these fabulous burger bosses. They’re making great quality food, with a focus on good local produce, and it’s delicious.

We paid in full. They didn’t know I was a blogger. All opinions, words, and bad phone pictures are my own.