Saturday, 25 April 2015

Lunch at The Edwardian Tea Rooms

Meeting up with friends the other weekend in Birmingham city centre, we all put our thinking caps on with regards to where we could eat that would accommodate a vegetarian, a pescetarian, somewhere that would suit us and my friend’s teenage daughter, be easy on the pocket and yet have a little bit of ‘wow factor’ attached.  So we decided to give The Edwardian Tea Rooms in the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery a try.

It is a delightful little haunt which you access via the art gallery floor and through the museum shop (and yes, walking through, it does guilt trip you into thinking how you should visit more often!).
Edwardian Tea Rooms Interior

In recent times, it has been given a make-over both in terms of décor and menu offerings and I’d heard of its good reputation through the grapevine so I anticipated that lunchtimes could be  busy.  So bearing this in mind, we arrived early on the dot of 12pm only to find that everyone else had the same idea too!

Not to worry, we scouted round to find a table of 4 vacating so in a smiley yet predatory way, we waited, exchanged a few pleasantries then got ourselves comfy before anyone else spotted it.  We were also in a good position for a bit of people-watching and to be able to take-in the beautifully painted ceilings and artwork on the walls.
Portobello Mushrooms & Potatoes with Blue Shropshire Cheese,
Red Onion Chutney & Salad

Taking a look at the standard menu and the specials, the others ordered pots of tea with bacon sandwiches, an all-day breakfast and filled jacket potato whilst I had the vegetarian main course of Portobello Mushrooms & Potatoes with Blue Shropshire Cheese, Red Onion Chutney and Salad. Everyone commented that they enjoyed their lunch choices and with regards to my meal, the red onion chutney and Blue Shropshire cheese with their respective contrasts in flavour worked well against the other meal components, especially the chutney against the mushroom.  Whilst quite a basic arrangement overall, it certainly satisfied the lunchtime pangs and would be something I would have again for a lunchtime fix. 
Tea for One

All in all, the menu gave a run-of-the-mill/crowd-pleasing selection with some stalwart favourites including a few vegetarian options.  It was great for what we needed and the timeframe that we had, and in general, I feel the food and venue would appeal to a wide demographic.
Wall Art in the Tearooms

Finishing off our lunches we noted the atmospheric, bubbly hum of noise and witnessed the rest of the lunchtime punters ready to leave with a new wave of arrivals awaiting their afternoon tea.   
Balcony & Ceilings of the Tearooms

I would definitely recommend a visit to the Edwardian Tea Rooms, perhaps teamed up with a visit to one of the many fabulous exhibition events on at the gallery. 

After all, a little coffee, cake and culture is good for the soul in so many ways………..

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