HLT Speaks To: Birmingham Favourites

We love Birmingham Favourites and their obvious passion for the city of Birmingham. This online magazine is a hub of knowledge for sharing great things to do and see in Birmingham, as well as tips, advice and opinions from Birmingham based people.

“A love letter to the city”.

This month we spoke to Rickie, the founder of Birmingham Favourites. From much-loved venues and events, to hidden gems within the city. Here’s what she had to say…

What are your favourite hidden gems within the city?

There are so many just within the glorious Library of Birmingham! Including the film booths and the art gallery.

For food, I often have to explain where my fave ‘special occasion’ restaurant is; Loves is just a hop over the bridge from Brindleyplace and this indie restaurant makes the best food I have tasted on the city. And I’ve tasted a lot!

Just around the corner is the wonderful gem that is The Crescent Theatre. Apart from great productions, they regularly put on classic films and we’ve worked with them on a few Brum Faves events.

For a shopping treat, I adore Blakely Browns in Digbeth as I much prefer their old furniture finds to anything new.

What Birmingham events are you looking forward to in 2014? 

I love it when the summer food markets come round as we no longer have our monthly 24 Carrots in the JQ! Cheese, cakes and coffee are regular purchases from the local traders, although I do sometime buy treats that don’t begin with ‘c’!

What should we be looking out for in Birmingham this year?  

I’m looking forward to the new indie coffee shops opening outside of the city as I spend a chunk of my day working out of these. My friends will tell you I never feel the need to leave the city. Mostly that’s true but I made a trip to Cafephilia in Moseley when it opened and I’ll be going to Ashton and Levi in Longbridge (opening 14th March).

Which event that you’ve attended in Birmingham has been your favourite?

My annual joy since I’ve lived in the city is the Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival. It’s a good job I’m freelance as I organise the business skills workshops I run (as well as operating Birmingham Favourites) around the daily music treats. If I plan it right, I can see 2-3 artists playing in one day!

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