Each month we talk to a new character in town to discuss living and working in the city. This month it’s Nathan D’Rozario from De Vere Village Urban Resorts
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
I’m Nathan D’Rozario, the gym manager at exclusive health club, theclubandspa. The club offers a wide range of unique spa treatments and top notch gym facilities.
HOW DO YOU GET INTO TOWN?
We’re located in the Cube building and I live in the Jewellery Quarter, so it’s a quick 20 minute walk for me.
HOW’S THE COMMUTE?
I really enjoy being able to walk to work instead of using my car. I put my head phones on and have some time to myself. I tend to walk through St Paul’s Square and Summer Row, passed the Library of Birmingham and down Bridge Street before crossing the bridge to the Cube.
IS BRUM A GOOD PLACE TO WORK IN?
Birmingham is a great city to work in. I grew up here and it’s come on in leaps and bounds over the years. The Cube building is one of the many exciting buildings we now have in the city.
I tend to hit Gusto’s in the Mailbox. They do the best lunches around. They also make a great protein milkshake for me after training. Saint Cafe on St Paul’s Square is also great. The staff are really friendly and the coffee is some of the best around. I tend to grab one on the way home if I’ve been training at 6am!
I usually eat lunch in the Lounge at theclubandspa. I like to get my chicken fix in as my girlfriend only eats fish. I also love Chilacas in Brindley place. They serve the best Mexican food in the city. It’s great that you can get a takeaway burrito or taco which is perfect if you haven’t got time to sit down and have a full meal. I always tend to go for extra jalapenos as I do enjoy my spicy food!
For me, you can’t beat training in the gym. I’ve trained in many gyms around the city and it’s where I can have an hour to myself and my thoughts. I also love relaxing around St Paul’s square. I like how all the bars in the area have this central spot where you can all go out and relax together.
WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE CITY?
It’s a tie between the Bullring and the Mailbox. The Mailbox is such a great area for nightlife. I mainly come here for a drink and food with my team and members. You would’ve almost certainly found me in Bar Room Bar every Friday night a year or so ago. The Bullring has had a fantastic 10 years and really is a land mark building for the city. You don’t need to go out of the city to shop as it has everything you could need or want. I go to Pasta Di Piazza most weekends for dinner. It has a great Italian vibe and it’s always packed which creates a great atmosphere. The pizzas are my favourite in Birmingham plus they offer a lighter base so I can keep the calories down.
I tend to have a pint in the Lord Clifden as its right next to my apartment. They’ve got some great world beers and probably the best beer garden in the city. You’ll also catch me there on most bank holiday Sundays – mainly because it’s an easy walk home.
HOW CAN THE CITY BE MADE BETTER?
The top half of Broad Street needs a major make over. Growing up in Birmingham, Broad Street was the main area to socialise with friends and family. I think most places heading towards five ways are closed down now. It’s a shame as it used to be a very vibrant street from top to bottom. Hopefully it’ll get back to winning ways soon.