Maygen Carruthers Maygen Carruthers

Reviewer at DesignMyNight Birmingham. Selflessly surveying some of the most contemporary and quintessential bars in Birmingham, bringing you the best advice on the city's most memorable mixologists.

The Lobby on Hill Street - Birmingham Bar Review

The Lobby on Hill Street - Birmingham Bar Review

Located on the corner of Hill Street is the aptly named The Lobby on Hill Street, attached to/situated underneath the Holiday Inn hotel. A space for alternating dishes and clean cuisine, we went to check it out for ourselves. The Venue and Atmosphere A venue with a modern, stylish, clean and crispd…

Varanasi Broad Street - Birmingham Restaurant Review

Varanasi Broad Street - Birmingham Restaurant Review

Located at the Five Ways end of Broad Street is the biggest restaurant this city has to offer (no less than 500 covers). Not only is it huge in scale, but every inch is dripping in opulence. I was blown away when the doors to Varanasi were opened for me, and here's exactly why. The Venue You&rsquo…

Le Bistrot Pierre - Birmingham Restaurant Review

Le Bistrot Pierre - Birmingham Restaurant Review

The hottest new restaurant in Birmingham and it just so happens to be toting French cuisine? We headed on down to Le Bistrot Pierre to see what all the buzz was about.  The Venue Le Bistrot Pierre can be found inside a gorgeous Grade II listed building with a prime spot overlooking the Gas…

We try out the Spit Wine and Spirit School at The Plough

We try out the Spit Wine and Spirit School at The Plough

Spit Wine and Spirit School can be found inside newly renovated private rooms upstairs at The Plough in Harborne. What you can expect is a little different from other wine tasting evenings you may have gone to. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, with quirky facts to learn, as well as some seriously…

Rofuto - Birmingham Restaurant Review

Rofuto - Birmingham Restaurant Review

Atop the beautiful and new Park Regis building at 160 Broad Street, is a gorgeous and equally new Japanese restaurant, Rofuto. The Venue This venue is absolutely stunning. You can’t help but compare it to Marco’s at the Cube, and I’d say it’s on par, if not better. Even from…

Rub Smokehouse - Birmingham Restaurant Review

Rub Smokehouse - Birmingham Restaurant Review

Big. Brash. Bright. Bold. I’m talking about the venue as equally as I am the food. This place is a BBQ restaurant tipping its hat to the South of the gloriously-fat capital of the world. The Venue There’s a great view of Regency Wharf when you get up there.  There’s also…

Harvey Nichols Dining - Birmingham Restaurant Review

Harvey Nichols Dining - Birmingham Restaurant Review

Within the heart of the uber-glamourous, reinvented Mailbox is Harvey Nichols. Within Harvey Nichols, is a restaurant like no other. The Venue Jamie, the Hospitality Manager, showed me around the shop before taking me into the restaurant, which has beautiful high ceilings, stone-grey interiors with…

Bar + Block - Birmingham Restaurant Review

Bar + Block - Birmingham Restaurant Review

The name Beefeater may throw notes of nostalgia in the way of most, but with a 2016 rebrand, Bar + Block was born under their wing; and we couldn't wait to try it out.  The Venue It’s incredibly hard to remember what Colmore Bar & Grill looked like when you walk into Bar + Block…

Mr White's English Chophouse - Birmingham Restaurant Review

Mr White's English Chophouse - Birmingham Restaurant Review

Hotel la Tour is one of the finest hotels in Birmingham. In November 2015, Marco Pierre White (known as ‘Mr White’) took residency and set up his first ever traditional British chophouse; the grandeur of which should come as no surprise when you consider the prime location of his steakhouse…

The Stable - Birmingham Restaurant Review

The Stable - Birmingham Restaurant Review

John Bright Street is home to my favourite date venues, Cherry Reds and BrewDog. There’s also Turtle Bay and The Victoria not far. When I thought JBS couldn’t get any better, I read the words, ‘Pizza. Pies. Cider’. The Venue The story of The Stable is pretty heart-warming, as…