The other week Joe and I were invited over to the brand new Bill’s in Birmingham* for lunch to give their new digs a whirl! Our first experience was last year in Manchester and we had such a great time that we couldn’t wait to see what Bill’s was bringing to Birmingham. Situated on the corner of the Bullring looking out over the Cathedral Bill’s have really transformed this new space in their traditional shabby chic style. We took a table for two by the window and flipped through the mouth-watering food and bar menus.
It was a Bill’s Beer for Joe and a Pink Spritz (£6.50) for me with Gin, Pink Grapefruit and Rhubarb Cordial which was deliciously strong and sharp – my kind of cocktail! Joe’s a big fan of Bill’s Beer too – a light refreshing pale ale that very drinkable with food…we just wish it was available in the shop! We ordered a few nibbles whilst we took a look at the rest of the menu and settled in for a long relaxing lunch date.
Can we just take a moment to appreciate Bill’s Mini Cumberland Sausages (£4.50) smothered in honey and grain mustard dressing. Even if you’re just in for drinks you HAVE to try these – they’re heaven in a sweet sticky meaty miniature crock pot – recipe please Bill! We grabbed a dish of Giant Olives (£2.95) too and decided on our main food.
For me it was the Crispy Lemon Squid (£5.95) which was a hefty portion! Served with a beautiful chipotle mayonnaise these were seriously crispy with a great flavour – a great starter and also brilliant to share. Joe went for the Avocado, Bacon and Spinach Salad (£5.90) which was also really tasty but a little overpriced for what was inside the bowl. We were eyeing up the halloumi but sadly the restaurant had run out – an excuse to come back maybe!
Second round I went for a Green Garden (£5.50) – Gin, Mint, Elderflower, Cucumber and Apple Juice – which was incredibly refreshing. I have to say that Bill’s cocktails are great for the price and brilliant for supping alone or with food. For main course I chose the Pan Fried Salmon (£13.50) and Joe the Lamb Kofta (£12.95). The salmon was perfectly cooked with crispy skin and a tangy spicy dressing and (albeit very tiny) side salad! Joe’s Lamb Kofta’s were excellent with humus, red cabbage and flat bread – the perfect lunch plate. Interestingly coated in sesame seeds and extremely flavourful this was a great choice and one I’d certainly order again.
To finish Joe ordered the Warm Pecan Pie with Banana Ice Cream (£5.50) – with two spoons(!) – which was seeeriously indulgent! Toffee flavours, with crunchy nuts and a sticky sweet texture sat next to a chilly creamy banana ice cream. I’m not a banana ice cream fan but the pecan pie was to die for and I’ll definitely be back again for this and ask them to swap the ice cream for honeycomb or vanilla which I get the feeling wouldn’t be a problem at all.
We had an amazing lunch at Bill’s and wouldn’t hesitate to go back – we still need to try their breakfast as we’ve heard nothing but good things! If you’re looking for a relaxed and super tasty meal with great cocktails to boot then Bill’s is your place.
Take a look at the full Bill’s menu and book a table on their website here!
Have you been to Bill’s before? What’s your favourite dish?
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