In Blogs

We asked The Ting Thing to share her best-kept Brummie secrets on what makes the perfect day out. She started with Yorks Café, a place where her and her husband go for dates regularly, including their anniversary several years ago.

As a firm supporter of the city’s independents, The Ting Thing and her hubby kicked off their day in brunch style, enjoying the York's House Breakfast (£12) for a hearty start to the day and the avocado and feta smash (without the feta to make it vegan-friendly) (£7.50).

They then set off to Stratford-upon-Avon with West Midlands Railway and arrived there in 45 minutes – a quick and easy way to get out of Birmingham without the stress of driving.


During their time there, they enjoyed the sights of the iconic Shakespeare’s birth place, strolling on the River Avon, catching a bite to eat at the Riverside Café and exploring the local markets.

A quick hop back on the train to Birmingham for dinner and the couple headed to the new Pint Shop for a pre-dinner drink, before heading over to Bodega Cantina. Famed for its nachos and cocktails, it’s definitely worth a visit and The Ting Thing’s mouth-watering photos make us want to devour the whole menu!

Between them, they shared vegan nachos, baked tofu tacos (a Christmas special so you’ll have to wait until next time!), Ximxim and another festive treat, the Vegan Mexican Lasagne.

A huge thanks to The Ting Thing for showing us how easy it is to have a day trip around the region. To check out her full blog post, head over to The Ting Thing’s blog post here

Image credit: The Ting Ting


Bodega Bar & Cantina

Bodega is a contemporary cantina bringing fresh, homemade South American inspired cuisine to Birmingham city centre.

West Midlands Railway
New West Midlands Railway train - Class 196

At West Midlands Railway we strive to provide a rail service that everyone can feel proud of. One that’s responsive, better equipped and more reliable for our community.

Shakespeare's Birthplace
Historic House / Palace
Shakespeare's Birthplace

Experience the humble beginnings of the ordinary boy from Stratford-upon-Avon who went on to do extraordinary things. Discover his global influence and see how he continues to shape our lives today.

Shakespeare's New Place
Historic House / Palace
Shakespeare's New Place

Shakespeare's New Place - Shakespeare's grand family home.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage
Historic House / Palace
Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Visit Anne Hathaway's Cottage, the beautiful 500 year old cottage where Shakespeare courted his bride-to-be. See original furniture including the Hathaway bed and uncover five centuries of stories in this picturesque cottage and 13 generations of the family who lived there.

Royal Shakespeare Company (The RSC)

We create theatre at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world. We perform Shakespeare’s plays, as well as works by Shakespeare’s contemporaries and plays by today’s writers.

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market
Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market

The largest authentic German market outside Germany and Austria and the centrepiece of the city’s festive event calendar returns to Birmingham each year in November.



Comments are disabled for this post.