Way back when we lived in Sheffield we were frequent visitors to the Harley, for drinking and their live music. However I don’t remember them doing food. Well if they did it obviously want very memorable. Fast forward 7 years since we left the city and we were back in the Harley in search of a tasty lunch and had been tipped off about the great things that were being dished out there by the Twisted Burger Co.
Brewhouse and Kitchen in Sutton Coldfield has been around for a little while now, but is somewhere we have never got round to trying. I first thought it was an independent pub & kitchen, but turns out there’s quite a few of them across the country, mostly in the south. They also all boast an in house microbrewery, which must be a good draw for the beer lovers amongst us.
As well as the pub and restaurant, they run beer masterclasses and brewery experience days too, the former of which we are going to try out at the newly opened Lichfield branch soon, so watch this space for that!
A few weeks ago we took advantage of a lovely sunny Sunday to go on a little mini road trip. South Birmingham really isn’t somewhere we know much about or have explored, so when the opportunity to try out a pub in the village of Alvechurch came up we decided to go for it.
We made the most of the morning sunshine first by exploring Lickey Hills Country park, where Imogen even had her first go on a swing!
A few weeks ago, when an email popped into my inbox inviting me to go and have a meal at The Crown, an Ember Inn in Four Oaks I was intrigued. You see, I grew up merely 100 yards from that pub and saw it evolve from a slightly strange place that had three different restaurants inside and was a but like a food court ( this sounds very odd, but if you lived in Four Oaks circa 1995-2000 you will know what I mean!) and then when I was 17 or 18 it was taken over by Ember Inns, just in time for me to spend an incredible amount of my spare time in it! In fact the last time I was there was probably my mid twenties when we won the pub quiz! Given all this, I have hardly ever eaten there so was happy to give it a try and take a trip down memory lane, whilst making some new memories with my little family.
A few days ago I told you all about our dinner at The Maytime Inn near Buford in the Cotswolds, which was really great, so how did the rest of our stay shape up?
We arrived mid afternoon after a lovely trip to the Cotswold Wildlife Park, which is less than 5 miles away. We were a but windswept and in need of a sit down, so were pleased to find check in a breeze. We were shown to our room in the courtyard, just a few steps away from the main building. We were in the Hunting Room, one of 6 themed rooms at the Maytime. The room boasts a superking bed, Waterfall shower and stand alone bath – which I was very much looking forward to sinking into. They even provided a travel cot for Imogen.
The nods to the hunting room theme were seen throughout the room and the bathroom too.
As well as flat screen TVs, all the rooms also have complimentary Wifi and an iPod dock. The large wooden desk sported a variety of local magazines and guides, as well as coffee facilities, fresh milk and homemade shortbread.
The bathroom cam kitted out with full sized Cowshed products, which were lush!
Imogen made herself right at home….
The exterior of the pub as well was pretty special, even in the February gloom. Traditional Cotswold stone, with a gorgeous large patio area overlooking endless countryside.
We had a great night sleep, and despite it being her first night away from home, and first night in a travel cot, Imogen slept well too! Needless to say thought with a 6month old we bound to be the first ones to breakfast, and we were! It was nice to take in the bright and airy garden room by ourselves.
The spread for breakfast was extensive, with fresh pastries, kilner jars of fruit compote and yoghurt and granola as well as the requisite cereals and juices. As well as this there was a choice of a cooked element too, from a Full English, to mushrooms on toast and all the Eggs!
I had Avocado, Poached Eggs and Bacon on Sourdough while Lee had the Eggs Royale. No complaints from either of us here – a very decent breakfast and runny eggs all round!
I could try really hard to fault something with our stay at The Maytime, but honestly, there really isn’t anything and to stay. From the courteous friendly staff to the lovely homely rooms, from the gorgeous exterior to the great food it’s a great place to stay!
Disclosure: Our stay at the Maytime was complimentary for purposes of review, all opinions are our own. No other compensation was received.