The German Christmas Market in Birmingham has now become an annual event in the city, attracting tens of thousands of visitors and its ambience of European style Christmas cheer and Germanic influenced food is what brings people back year after year.
|Franzls - Bar Area|
And keeping with the German inspired theme, I have to be evangelical about a gem of a restaurant in Bearwood, just 3 miles from Birmingham city centre, called Franzls and it is the only Austrian restaurant in the Midlands.
|Franzls - Interior|
Set on the corner of a residential road amongst Victorian/Edwardian terraced houses, it is a restaurant that you go to because you know it is there rather than you ‘stumbling’ across it. Echoes of Austria, the restaurant’s décor emulates the country’s rustic charm with a wooden carved bar downstairs and traditional trinkets surrounding the dining tables.
|Wall Art - Franzls|
The food is prepared by an Austrian chef who worked as part of the catering team on the set of the 1964 film ‘The Sound of Music’ when it was filmed in Salzburg and along with his wife, they take care to bring you hearty portions of Austrian classic home cooking. The menu also includes vegetarian dishes and the sides that come with it are usually potatoes, greens and delicious red cabbage – click here to view the menu.
I know that their thoughts for the forthcoming year (or so) are to leave the catering business behind and enjoy retirement otherwise, which for purely selfish reasons, I shall be sorry to see. It has been a venue where we have celebrated numerous occasions with friends and every time we introduce someone new to Franzls, they fall in love with it too!
So, whilst the German Christmas Market will be with us for many years to come, it is worth taking advantage of Franzls whilst it is still here.