Marmalade Bistro and Bar Restaurant Review

A few weekends ago, I popped along to the
new restaurant that’s just opened at The Rep Theatre in Birmingham City Centre
Marmalade Bistro and Bar.  Previously a Serchey’s
which maybe wasn’t quite in the right place, Marmalade is a more relaxed bistro which has been created by the same people responsible for Bodega, The New Inn and The Rose Villa Tavern which offers a reasonably priced selection of dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails and is open even when there’s nothing on at the theatre.

On this occasion, we went for a lazy Sunday
brunch for a friend’s birthday.  The
décor is that of a cool, swanky living room but the big windows keep the place
bright and airy.
The first really great thing about
Marmalade for brunch is that orange juice is free and unlimited.  It’s self service but you can go up and
refill your glass as many times as you like – it’s perfect for a non tea or
coffee drinker like me.

I went for the full English and was able to
pick how I wanted my eggs cooked – I went for poached.  The eggs were cooked really well and the rest
of the breakfast (bacon,  sausage,
mushroom, tomato beans and toast) were also really good.  The full English does also include black
pudding on the side but it’s really not my preference so I asked for that to be
held from my plate.

One of my friends had vanilla porridge
topped with blueberries and the other French toast.  Both commented on how tasty their breakfasts
were and at around the £5 mark for each dish, they were delighted with the
quality.  As we were late brunchers, we got to see
some of the main menu dishes leave the kitchen as well.  The fish, served on a wooden board with a
pile of thick cut chips looked delicious and I’ll definitely be heading back to
try that soon.

I think that The Rep might have made the
right call this time and I really hope that Marmalade is a big success in
Birmingham.  If you’re looking for a relaxed,
tasty and affordable option for brunch I’d give Marmalade a go.