Marmalade – Most a-peel-ing

Last night I and my colleague Steph took a few steps to the right of Marketing Birmingham HQ to visit our new neighbours Marmalade, the new bistro & bar at The REP - and what a fine preserve it was!

Marmalade is bought to us by Bitters ‘n Twisted - you know? The guys & gals behind Island Bar, The New Inn, The Rose Villa Tavern, Bodega, The Victoria and (gasp for air) The Jekyll & Hyde - as you’d expect, (as with the rest of its portfolio), this place was oozing individuality.

As we entered, the first thing that struck me about the new bistro was the decor which created an incredibly cosy ambience - it was warm and inviting and I could have stayed there for a very long time indeed.   It was just my kind of lighting - sort of around the 30 watt mark – and there was a fine selection of lampshades and those lovely favala type bulbs on ropes – I like those.


Marmalade has been open for a couple of weeks but this was the official launch night which meant fizz and canapés – a fine selection of the menu’s creative food was on offer – I was lucky enough to spring rolls, Halloumi coated in sesame seeds, goats cheese pancakes and fish with smoked paprika yoghurt and lime.  There were many other canapés on offer but we had to skedaddle relatively early due to a unholy start the next morning – in fact I saw wave two of the canapés  being deployed from the kitchen as we departed and we missed the desserts altogether which filled me with utter utter despair.

In keeping with the theatrical setting the evening was enriched by a very amusing poetry performance by Lorna Meehan who gave two recitals – one about how her arm had starred in an episode of Doctors but was for reasons unknown credited as ‘Lesbian Arm’ and an ode to the charms of Michael Bublé – both were very entertaining and I’d recommend you check out her work forthwith.


Unfortunately with aforementioned 6.30am start we couldn’t stick around too long but I could see on twitter that the party was still going strong as I donned my night cap.  The bistro's cocktails were flowing which made me bitter and twisted myself as I tucked myself in and settled down for a kip.

Luckily for us, and as I’ve already mentioned, we are only a few steps away so I’ll definitely be returning to check out Marmalade's charms and flavours again – and I think I’ll combine it with one of The REP's fantastic shows.

The pre-theatre dining menu starts at £15.95 for two courses and £19.95 for three courses - To make a booking call 0121 245 2080 or visit the website here.


Paul (25/02/15)

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