Edwardian Tea Rooms BMAG

It had been a while since I’d had lunch in a museum eaterie and the chaos of the Natural History Museum at half-term almost ruined the experience for good.

However, school holidays or not, I couldn’t resist a trip to the newly refurbished Edwardian Tea Rooms. I’d heard great things about the place – in particular that the macaroons are amazing. There’s no denying the beauty of the space. It’s grand, ornate and sympathetically done with modern touches like the seating – some tall and elegant, most brightly coloured, others squishy and inviting, but all very cool. The lighting is fun too. While the place was busy, it didn’t feel chaotic. It’s big enough to take a large crowd without comprising on the experience. I think afternoon tea would probably be a highlight here, however we were all in need of some lunch. The menu is cute and ranges from tasty sounding brunch, antipasti plates and a tempting speciality cheese and wine platter to more substantial fare. I had two children in tow whom ‘oohed’ and ‘aahed’ over their menus eventually opting for a fish finger sandwich and chicken breast, chips and salad. Murray chose a lamb lasagne from the specials board while I ordered fish and chips. What a classy bunch!

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It’s more sophisticated than it sounds, honest. The fish finger sandwich went down a treat as did the chicken and chips. My fish and chips were great with a gorgeous tartar sauce. The batter was an unusually vibrant yellow, but it tasted blooming lovely. The lasagne was an enormous portion, but it was extremely tasty – better than mine apparently and served with a fantastic Mediterranean salad. Pudding was a choc-fest as the kids ordered brownies and the grown-ups fondants. Both were rich, sweet and squidgy. Murray’s coffee was a perfect macchiato which some restaurants fail at miserably and my pot of peppermint tea was served in a very stylish enamel pot. While I sipped tea, the youngest child doodled on my notepad and when I inspected her creation I read, ‘the restaurant is very beautiful because it has gold on the ceiling, the food is delicious, the chairs are cool and the people are nice.’ Couldn’t have put it better myself!

Edwardian Tea Rooms BMAG, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3DH. Tel: 0121 348 8007 www.bmag.org.uk/birmingham-museum/cafe-shop