1847 Birmingham will be three later this month. The time has certainly flown by and Head Chef Tony and his team have certainly moved the restaurant forward and raised the game.
When Birmingham welcomed 1847 it was certainly a turning point for Vegetarian food in the city. With innovation and seasonality central to the ethos of 1847 it’s certainly cemented itself as a must visit in the city, and some of its deals across the year speak bargain in a major way.
1847 also offer a full Vegan menu.
1847 are also planning a refurbishment of the whole site within the next couple of months. Exciting times!
1847 Bristol will also be one in October and 1847 Brighton one in November.
To kickstart their birthday season they’re offering two courses plus a small glass of wine for £1847. *
You Must book online at ahttp://www.by1847.com/ and quote “Birthday” in the booking comments.
For maximum tables of two people
Available in Manchester & Birmingham Sun – Fri & Bristol & Brighton everyday throughout September.
Bristol not open Monday & Tuesday
Full contact details, locations and menus can be found on the website.
Happy Birthday to one of Birmngham’s best and most innovative restaurants.
The Warehouse Cafe has always had a special place in my heart. For many years not long after I first became Vegetarian (27 years ago) I used to frequent it often with veggie friends. The veggie burger was a huge favourite as was the potato wedges and desserts which were back then vegan friendly. There weren’t many places to go, in the city centre it was the one and only! Over the years it’s changed hands a few times but has always stayed similar and offered deliciosly good value vegetarian and vegan food. Now things have changed, but for the better.
Vegan friendly beers and wine are now more popular than ever. Look in the supermarket or good wine shop and you’ll see more available than ever before.
This summer marks three years since The Warehouse Cafe reopened the doors to Birmingham’s original Vegetarian restaurant and cafe.
After a successful application for an alcohol license a new drinks menu will be introduced over the next few weeks.
In order to stick to a completely Vegan friendly range and keep the environmental impact to a minimum the real ale and craft beer will be supplied by local Birmingham brewers Two Towers.
The beers on offer at The Warehouse are Complete Muppetry, Electric Ale, Hockley Gold, Bhacker Adams, and a special craft beer Come on Feel the Noize- in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Birmingham band Slade.
The wines will be supplied from independent merchants Underwood Wines who are based in nearby Stratford-upon-Avon.
Try the drinks with dishes such as Digbeth Daal, The Warehouse Burger, Refried Bean Quesadilla, Halloumi Fish and Chips or ancient grain risotto.
I’m looking forward to giving the beers a run for their money and walking down memory lane again as i always do when I visit.
Thanks to Darren at Two Towers for the beer images and info re beers.
What is Vegan Friendly?
It is during the filtering process of wine or beer that the non-vegan and vegetarian part usually occurs. For beer this part of the process is usually only reserved for cask ales, where Brewers use finings to clear away excess yeast suspended in the beer. Finings are also used in the production of wine. Animal derived products include most commonly islinglass. A form of collagen obtained from raw fish bladders. Finings don’t remain in the finished product, but by using finings that are not animal derived, such as Irish miss it adheres to the core principles of veganism and vegetarianism.
What does Winter mean to you? A cosy fire, warming comfortable food, deep intense flavours, Christmas, Milky sunshine, snow?
In 1847 (the year the vegetarian society which Bistro 1847 takes its name from was formed) Winter was very different, but had for some those comfy elements. For others poverty and cold filled the darkening destitute days with a penniless existence. There was fog in London, Famine in Ireland, times were hard and a Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens had been written four years before.
For me, food is best comforting, warming seasonal and filled with the intensity of deep flavours and cheerfully rich colours that only a Winter time dish deserves. So you’ll find root vegetables, cabbage, red onion gravy, kale and hearty mash on the menu.
Bistro 1847 are in full on expansion mode. Openings recently in Bristol and Brighton supplement the Manchester and Birmingham restaurants. Dishes served with contemporary flair and passion which just happen to be Vegetarian with good Vegan options and menu make 1847 unique in Birmingham. With a neighbourhood feel in the city and cocktail list its charming.
I visited with my parents and brother to try the new Winter menu’s delights, one mild lunchtime.
We enjoyed two courses, a main and a desert.
Merguez and Mash:
Spicy Puy lentil sausage, turnip and sage mash, red onion gravy.
A hearty vegan friendly main course, big flavoured, spicy, a deep intense gravy. It’s comfort food at its best. It’s simple in design, almost traditional, but those hearty slightly exotic flavours pack a punch that creates a harmonious wintry and Christmas memory lane delight of a main.
To accompany it I enjoyed a glass of decent house red that worked, bringingout the deep flavours of the sausage and red onion gravy.
Chocolate and Pear:
Soft ganache, port poached pear, gingerbread, mulled wine gel. (Vegan)
A gem of a pudding, and the best I’ve tasted at 1847. It felt luxurious and with a deep and full flavoured port poached pear which set off the soft, dark chocolatey ganache, it was heavenly, creamy (but no cream) and made me think, can I have some more please?
‘Fish and Chips’
Ginger ale battered Halloumi, triple cooked chips, savoury lemon curd, green pea and Basil.
A Bistro 1847 signature dish that my brother lapped up. A variation on the norm due to the added ginger ale. Cheese heaven!
My parents also had the Merguez and mash. They said it felt like winter on a plate.
A welcome to Winter
My Dad enjoyed his British cheese plate for desert, which he said was a good size with the right amount of varied biscuits. Local to 1847 they come with grapes and homemade chutney. Nice cheeses.
A trip to Bistro 1847 is a refreshing and inventive experience for Vegetarians and Vegans. When the classics are spun into another more modern realm of intricacy, simplicity and beauty then Winter feels more 2015 than 1847. Dishes are more precise, but not less indulgent and comforting for it. With the core elements of familiarity and comfort 1847 have taken the season and made it now, but with a certain doff of the cap to the past. It is on this level where it succeeds and in its discovery where appetites are more than satisfied.
Thanks for reading
Disclosure: We paid for our own meal at Bistro 1847. My views are my own and honest of my experience of the dishes eaten.
Bistro 1847, 26 Great Western Arcade, Birmingham B2 5HU.
Charles Dickens’ The Christmas Carol was published in 1843.
Dickens more than any other Victorian lays out a blueprint as to how Christmas should be celebrated and every year I try and read the book. It is to this parallel that I introduce Bistro 1847, who are now laying down a blue print for modern vegetarian food, in the detail, the ingredients and in how they present in this case their own 1847 Christmas.
Bistro 1847 is the growing collection of Vegetarian restaurants That is named after the year the vegetarian society was formed four years after the Christmas Carol was published.
With a restaurant due to open in Bristol on the 23rd October and two more in Brighton and Edinburgh to open shortly, this year is proving to be a busy one for them.
Their food has always delighted me and often surprised me. The ingredients used are often seasonal, sometimes foraged but always intricate in their construction and textures and flavours.
Ruth and I had the pleasure last week of been invited to sample their new Christmas menu in Birmingham at their Great Western Arcade restaurant.
Christmas Bellini style cocktails at Bistro 1847.
The Christmas menu includes dishes such as:
Squash and feta,
Mains: Merguez and mash (spicy puy lentil sausage, turnip, sage mash, red onion gravy),
Cabbages (Brussel Sprout Frittata, sautéed savoy vadouvan and cauliflower velouté)
(Veggie/Vegan) Fish and chips (battered Halloumi, triple cooked chips, savoy lemon curd, green pea and Basil.)
Chocolate and pear
We tried: starters (sample size only)
Mushroom crostini. A mushroom and walnut pate, pickled quince, smoked butter toast.
Some Photos of Dishes at Bistro 1847 from my previous visits.
Lunch deal. £10 any main course plus drink. Monday to Saturday 12-3pm.
We were invited to Bistro 1847, all food and drink was complimentary. No post was required. Thanks to Vicky for the invite and the team for the hospitality and food.
Bistro 1847, 26 Great Western Arcade, Birmingham B2 5HU.
Have a very 1847 Christmas.
Thanks for reading
For details of their new openings keep an eye on their twitter and facebook pages.
Many years ago when I first became a Vegetarian, I was often greeted when I ate out with the words ‘vegetarian dish of the day’.
This generally meant a mushroom stroganoff, a pasta bake, a veggie curry, or a badly made risotto or pasta dish. Though it sometimes still happens and restaurants sometimes dress it up in another guise, things are much better now. This was often very disheartening.
This occasional inspired post is a play on that and reflects that bygone era with fondness and celebrates a current dish that is worthy of highlighting.
Catch it whilst you can. As restaurants change over from their Spring menu to Summer offerings, it leaves you with only one week to try out this sumptuous dish from Vegetarian restaurant Bistro 1847 in Birmingham.
Humour, seasonality and an inventive ambition belies the ethos of Bistro 1847. Never has this been more true than in the case of the Squash velouté, gnocchi, Burnt Leek, Feta Terrine. Poached not boiled, ballotined and rolled, the texture of the gnocchi has a lightness akin to soufflé, with a super soothing, velvety, deep orange sunset flavour of the squash sauce, providing colour, flavour and a gold winning touch. Throw in a burnt leek, adeptly charred with soft decadent feta terrine and you have a beautifully balanced and stunning plate of food.
Best not to hang around, it’s going, going, gone, try it out this week.
Find it at Bistro 1847, 26 Great Western Arcade, Colmore Row, Birmingham, B2 5HU.
The same dish, a different look. From a second visit. I didn’t eat that one, my Dad did and he’s eaten it twice now, so it must be good!
Bistro 1847 do a lunch time £10 offer for one course and a drink (wine, beer or soft drink)
A variation of the dish review originally appeared in May during National Vegetarian Week, in the I Choose Birmingham online weekly magazine. I payed for my own food (lunch time) at Bistro 1847 and didn’t receive any payment for the review. I chose the restaurant and dish myself and my opinions are honest and my own as always.
Thanks to I Choose Birmingham for asking me to contribute to their ‘You choose’ section of their magazine.
Friday and Saturday lunch and early evening 5pm-6.45pm.
Please note Sunday lunch is available on a Sunday.
Wine can be substituted with beer or a soft drink.
Also Bistro 1847 are offering 2-1 cocktails 17.00-19.00 Monday-Friday plus 12-00-17.00.
Halloumi/Tofu, mushy pea emulsion, lemon curd, sea herb.
Bistro 1847 is a Vegetarian restaurant located in The Great Western Arcade in Birmingham City Centre. Its opposite Snow Hill Station and within an arcade that is known for its independent shops.
Named after the year The Vegetarian Society (who organise National Vegetarian Week) was formed, 1847 aim to serve exceptional and innovative Vegetarian British Food alongside an array of tempting cocktails, mocktails, beer, wine and spirits.
With a leaning to creating good innovative dishes, using foraged and locally sourced ingredients its a restaurants that makes me proud to be a vegetarian. The dishes are innovative and intricately created and presented,
Voted the Best Vegetarian Restaurant outside London, dining at Bistro 1847 is a real experience for vegetarians, vegans and meat eaters alike.
Modern, fresh and natural.
To celebrate National Vegetarian week and the abundance of fresh produce that is available Bistro 1847 has launched its new Spring Menu.
The first under new head chef Tony.
For Reservations with the discount Book Here via this link:
Veg Out Cafe is an Independently owned cafe and restaurant on popular Poplar Road in Kings Heath, in the South of Birmingham.
As with many Vegetarian places it covers all bases and is open all day Monday-Friday, Friday and Saturday evenings and for Sunday brunch.
Veg Out is a smallish, minimal and friendly in the community kind of place with colourful walls adorned with art work. It has large windows bringing in lots of natural light, apart from after dark when we visited of course, but that’s stating the obvious.
The furniture and floors are wooden, sturdy and won’t rock and roll as you eat your soup or tuck into a vegetarian breakfast (there Arn’t many things worse). There are potted plants, community information on the walls and a gaiety of spirit that only a thoughtful independent business beholds. The care and attention to its customers, that bellies the Kings Heath vibe.
Positively, there is a Bring your own on alcohol which keeps the price down and makes Veg Out Cafe one of the best value places around.
Veg Out Cafe do a set price menu which includes vegan options. 3 courses for £ 17.95 and 2 courses for £17.95.
On the Saturday evening that Ruth and I visited the restaurant was busy and had a good buzzy atmosphere.
After a quick drink en route from home at Fletchers Bar on York Road we decided on looking at the menu to go for the 3 course menu.
We both chose the Ravioli set on a cauliflower and Tarragon puréed mushroom and cream sauce to start.
Our Ravioli was excellent. Though it felt quite small in size (though that was probably because we were hungry) the Ravioli was hand made, had a good flavour and was cooked perfectly, and with the complimentary flavours of the cauliflower, tarragon and cream lifted it into a fine starter, one demonstrating a touch of quality in the cooking and presentation.
For my main course I chose the Cannelini Al gratin with fennel, garlic served with wilted spinach.
The Cannelini Al Gratin was also very good, warming, filling and hearty. Packed with a subtle garlic and fennel flavour it was a good size and a really tasty main. The Spinach gave it a contrasting texture and made for a good main course.
Ruth chose the Kale salad with artichoke, garlic potatoes, chilli and white wine. A pretty dish that she commended for its healthy, filling and flavoursome potatoes, which she enjoyed a lot.
For pudding Ruth had the sorbet which she found refreshing and a healthier choice. Sorry no photo as Ruth had started before I could get one taken.
I went for The Sticky Toffee Pudding with Double Cream.
A sticky toffee pudding is one of my favourite puddings, it is for me one of my taste tests along with tiramisu, fresh bread and chips. (To name a few) having eaten Sticky Toffee Pudding in the Lake District and North Yorkshire I’ve had it where it was created.
I was very impressed with Veg Out Cafe’s sticky toffee pudding. It was superbly toffee flavoured, a good size, perfectly cooked, not burnt or overlooked but moist, and with the right amount of cream to give it the contrast in flavour. A super job, well worth having if on the menu.
The menu at Veg Out changes weekly usually so what Ruth and I ate may not be what you will find. I like the fact that the menu changes, it keeps it seasonal and fresh for both the chef and the customer who visits frequently.
Check Twitter and Facebook for their menus and their website.
I would have liked to have had some fresh bread when we arrived especially as exquisite independent bakery Maison Mayci is on the same road. Maybe to nibble on arrival or over the menu. I know how good the bread is there.
Throughout the service was friendly, enthusiastic and prompt and with a buzzy feel to the atmosphere made for a very engaging evening.
Veg Out Cafe is a brilliant Vegetarian place to go for an informal weekend evening. It’s casual, fun and the food is delicious, well made and shows a creative touch that is well executed and presented well.
Veggies, Vegans and meat eaters alike will enjoy the ambience and welcome and the price. As the hashtag on their website says #wecarewhatyoueat.
Who can dispute that.
Veg Out Cafe, 46 Poplar Road, Birmingham, B14 7AG.
A visit to Bistro 1847 whatever the time of year is a joyous experience of perfect harmonies and sweet choral voices, but at Christmas it’s like a sweet Christmas carol that evokes the season and makes you swoon and smile.
As always with Bistro 1847 the dishes are innovative, quirky and a pleasure to the eye. The service on the night Ruth and I visited was spot on, attentive and friendly with an enthusiasm for the seasonal menu and knowledge of the excellent cocktails which we enjoyed.
Ruth and I chose off the Christmas mini a la carte-grazing menu.
Ruth really enjoyed the complex flavours and the combination of textures on this dish.
I ate the
Wild herb sauce, wild sea cabbage, Brussel sprout, potato crackling and ‘parmesan’ dumpling: (1st photo)
I have to say an outstanding dish, you either love or loath sprouts, but even the most hardened sprout hater would love the textures and slightly crunchy cabbage and bitter sprout flavours of this dish which was a real twist on the Christmas tradition. Lovely.
To follow we both chose the same dish:
Spiced squash and nut praline filo, real ale gravy, seasonal vegetables.
Probably the most traditional Christmas dish on the menu. Deliberately chosen for this reason. It ticked all the boxes for us, a real warming, filling comfort food dish, with lovely notes of squash and real ale gravy. The filo was delicious, firm, but soft, beautifully presented, a real winner.
For desert Ruth chose and enjoyed the Christmassy toffee flavours of the Sticky toffee, chestnut, smoked ice cream
I chose the sorrel, white chocolate, Apple, Douglasfir.
Very Bistro 1847, a lovely combination of flavours with the white chocolate running through the dish, really nice.
We finished off with two coffee liqueurs, which were a coffee hit, almost espresso like, lovely.
The Christmas mini a la carte menu is a lovely festive menu. Innovative, thoughtful with a delicate leaning to the season, tradition and most definately jolly and different.
On the night the Bistro was full, which was lovely to see and why we booked and wished to visit on a Friday night.
For a different Christmas type experience with good veggie and vegan dishes Bistro 1847 is a restaurant worth checking out.
Our two meals and cocktails were kindly complimentary, we also purchased ourselves two glasses of organic wine and a side of fresh bread. All opinions expressed are my own and honest as always. A favourable review was not required.
I would like to personally thank all the staff at Bistro 1847, chef Alex, and Damien for all their kind support of my blog this year.
Thanks guys and have a very happy Christmas and New Year.
Here’s to the New Year’s dishes. 😊 and further visits in 2015.
Kings Heath has numerous good eating options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the vegetarian diner. In fact there are so many options its hard to choose. It is the same for Moseley, but that is for another day 🙂
Veg Out Cafe, sits just off the main High Street on Poplar Road amongst such foodie jewels as Blue Ginger and Maison Maici. It is completely vegetarian and vegan, which is pure joy to myself and many others that love the relaxed, friendly vibe of this enticing cafe.
I had only eaten their once before, see previous review.
The food served is tasty and wholesome and has a simplicity that is endearing and welcome. At lunch time this sits perfectly with Ruth and myself’s requirements, and our appetites. 🙂
We visited on a Saturday lunch time. Veg Out Cafe is a light and smart looking cafe, descorated in pastel colours and with art work adorning the walls, is a bright cheeerful place to spend an hour or so.
It is very community based, people know each other, gather, and chat, its chirpy, service is friendly and welcoming.
We opted to share a small plate of pure corn nachos for a starter. A mixture of tortilla chips, served with corriander, sour cream, tomato chilli salsa, fresh avocado with a lovely smothering of English Chedder cheese. Its an excellent dish, very tasty, with good contrasting flavours with the crunch of the tortilla chips. Delicious. A great plate to share. £5.95 small plate.
To follow I chose the Middle Eastern Falafal. a wrap stuffed with falafal balls, served with humous, red onion, and tomato salsa with a salad, olives, sour cream and mint. I love falafals, and can recommend this dish, its generous in size and with the lovely flavours and textures works well in a wrap. The falafals were well made and for £7.95 good value.
Ruth had the Lebanese Flat Bread which was smothered with goats cheese and topped with griddled mushrooms, garlic and parsley. Ruth thought there was too much goats cheese on the bread and that this overwhelmed the dish, though she said this maybe personal taste, and that is was enjoyable all the same. Cost £7.95.
For lunch Veg Out also offer griddled sandwiches, omelettes, and salads. All the food is freshly prepared and looks excellent from the other tables around us.
In the evening on Friday’s and Saturday’s Veg Out offer a full menu with BYO wine. A good value meal, one for me to try next:) They also offer a brunch/breakfast menu on a Sunday from 10am.
Veg Out also do a full vegan night once a month.
This sounds good.
Keep and eye on facebook and twitter for menus and details.
There are good vegan options on the menu too:)
Veg Out Cafe is a delightful cafe in Kings Heath. For a relaxed lunch, in a bustling buzzy setting it can’t be beaten. The food is lovely, and for any vegetarian or vegan it would be foolish not to visit.
It’s a place to come back too over and over. A place for everyone.