One of my favourite things to do in Birmingham is to go to the Museum and Art Gallery in the City Centre, an absolutely stunning Grade II listed building that hosts a wide selection of art from all different periods. There are over 40 galleries to explore, plus it has one of the largest pre-Raphaelite collections, as well as the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found! One of my favourite collections is all about the history of Birmingham, the people, the music and culture, and how the city has changed. If you’re yet to go to the Museum then you should make the effort to go, plus its free entry so you have no excuse. It’s so relaxing to just wander around, get lost amongst the paintings, appear cultural and learn a thing or two along the way. . .
Anyway, the reason I was at the museum this weekend was not to have a look round, although If I had more time I would have done, It was to go for brunch at the Edwardian Tea Rooms. If you’ve never been to the Edwardian Tea Rooms or heard about them, then you check them out because it really is a beautiful and historical location for a spot of lunch or a homemade cake or two. There is plenty of choice on the menu whether you want a breakfast, main, salad, sandwich or simply a homemade cake. This time, I went for scrambled eggs and smoked salmon which came on toasted brioche and my friend went for Poached salmon, winter greens, parmesan mash & watercress sauce. They also always have daily specials and have vegetarian options. We both agreed that our food was tasty, presented well and it came in good time despite the place being packed.
The only, dare I say it negative thing, is that it can get very busy in here and as often people reserve tables, it can be difficult to find a space. If you plan on going there and there is a group of you, or you want afternoon tea then it is worth reserving a table.
So, if you fancy a spot of lunch in Birmingham city centre or a quick coffee break then I would 100% recommend heading to the Edwardian tearooms, and if you have time to spare before or after then a little look around the museum is also worth doing.