Be At One Opening

Birmingham be at oneLast week we went to the opening of the Birmingham branch of Be At One which has opened up on Piccadilly Arcade (it’s not really in the arcade as such, but it does extend beneath it I guess and the enterance is just opposite New Street Station). Be At One started up in Battersea Rise at the end of May 1998 and has proved a big success with Be At Ones popping up all over England (and even into Wales).

Battersea PimmsWe did like the wide ranging menu and the fact that  you could choose just the sort of drink you wanted.  There was so much choice and I would imagine most people would find their favourite on the list. You can choose by the main spirit used, by the type of glass, etc. The menu contains about 100 different drinks, so there should be something for everyone.  I’m amazed how the staff managed to create so many cocktails, seemingly without using any guides or crib notes.  Hubby and I tried a range of cocktails from the menu and thoroughly enjoyed them all.

ice left behind after drinkOn the downside, the service was a little slow, not because the staff weren’t working hard, in fact you can see how fast they are working from the blurred hands in the picture below.  I think on a less busy night, it would be less of an issue.  Also there are seats around the bar, which is great when it’s quite quiet and it made the bar look inviting, but they get in the way a bit if the bar is busy and people want to get served.  Also, there was rather a lot of ice left in some cases – the picture above is of a finished drink – now, obviously with a tall drink like this you expect a lot of ice to be left behind and you want that ice there so it’s good and cold, but I think one or two of the drinks went a little overboard.

Be At One BirminghamI love the way that Be At One have made use of this fairly unpromising basement space and it’s great to see businesses sprouting up near Grand Central, which is providing a new focus for the city.  The bar is a great place to hang out and I think we’d look to visit again perhaps before or after dinner at a restaurant.

Russian Spring Punch and Cointreau FizzMy favourites for the evening?  I think the winner was the Battersea Pimms with the Cointreau Fizz running it a close second.

Baylis & Harding Father’s Day Giveaway

Baylis & Harding Camper Van Gift Set

Father’s Day will be with us before you know it and it doesn’t do any harm to start looking for gifts early.  Baylis & Harding are a favourite of mine when I’m looking for gifts and this Father’s Day is no exception as they do have a lovely range of gifts for the dad in your life.  My personal favourite from this year’s Father’s Day selection is this fun Camper Van washbag set.  It’s perfect for summer and any warm weather camping trips.

Inside the zip up bag are 4 products from Baylis & Harding’s Sport range with the Citrus Lime & Mint fragrance, perfect to wake dad up in the morning.  The products included are:

  • Aftershave balm 50ml
  • Shower Gel 50ml
  • Hair and Body Wash 50ml
  • Face Wash 50ml

I have a set to give away to readers.  Enter via the Gleam Widget below.

Competition Terms and Conditions

1. No bulk, third-party or automated entries.

2. Entrants must be UK residents aged 18 years or older.

3. The winners will be chosen by a random draw.

4. The winner will be notified by email and will have a week to claim their prize. Should they fail to respond within this time, an alternative winner will be selected.

5. Promoter is responsible for fulfilling the prize and full contact details of the winner will be passed onto the promoter.

6. Competition closes on 31 May 2016.
Baylis & Harding Father's Day Lux

April Degustabox

milky barThis month’s Degustabox was a goody with lots of lovely things to try.  Bebeto Fruit Strings make a handy snack and are perfect for having in your handbag for a hungry child or packing in a lunchbox.  Parle G were a bit hit particularly their biscuits, but we were also sent their rusks to try (crispy and crunchy with some cardomon flavouring in case you’re wondering).  Popchips are a favourite in this house because they provide a healthier alternative to crips.  These were very tasty with their seasalt, garlic and rosemary seasoning. Milky Bar Milk & Crunchy and Smarties Sharing Block have proved very popular with my son, but the adults haven’t been able to resist a bite or two.

Thor and Rejuvenation WaterI love a refreshing iced tea in the summer so I was interested to try Green Lady which uses Green Darjeeling tea leaves and natural ingredients to create a refreshing drink.  Thor is a range of sparkling apple drinks: we tried apple & mint and apple & ginger and loved them both.  Another nice one for a warmer day is the Rejuvenation Water which helps fuel the immune system with its amino acid profile.

VeeteeCanderel Sugarly is a calorie free alternative to sugar which I am hoping to use in baking to make me feel a little healthier when I am scoffing a homemade cake.  Veetee microwaveable rice range has proved a godsend on those days when you have barely got time to eat, never mind cook. Levi Roots Coat ‘n’ Cook Sauce is perfect for serving up with that rice to make a quick meal very tasty.

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