Mitt val: Duncan Adams om Birmingham

by Henrik on February 17, 2010 · 2 comments

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Efter ett litet uppehåll är vi tillbaka med mer eller mindre intressanta och kända personers bästa Englands-tips. Vi låter de riktiga experterna dela med sig av sina favoritplatser och guldkorn.

Turen har kommit till Birmingham och Duncan Adams.

This isn’t The Rough Guide, this is The Dunc’s Brum Tour…

- Brindley Place. This is an area set around where the main canals converge in the centre of Birmingham. Shops, bars, restaurants are situated here. It is very pleasant to walk around or sit outside a cafe and watch the world go by.

- Broad Street – pubs, clubs and lots of pretty girls…

- Any Wetherspoon pub in the centre of Birmingham, there are four, serve a big English breakfast for £3.99. Plus you can have a beer too!

Här äter du lunch?
- In the Chinese quarter near Hurst Street. A number of Chinese eat as much as you want buffets are located here, charging around £4.50-£6 per head.

- Birmingham is home of the Balti, the Pakistani influenced tasty, curry dish. My favourite ‘Balti House’ is the Royal Naim on Stratford Road, Sparkbrook about two miles from the city centre. If there are four of you, then make sure you order a ‘Table Naan’. You will then be presented with the largest flat bread that you have ever seen! Freshly baked and straight out of the oven.

Musik som får dig att tänka på Birmingham?
- As UB40 come from Birmingham then any of their tunes remind me of home.

Senaste Birmingham-upptäckt?
- I don’t normally have a drink near Villa Park. But the Bartons Arms is a fabulous old pub, that serves great beer and thai food. It was once close to theatre and in the past has such stars as Laurel & Hardy pop in for a drink after a show.

- The Wellington on Bennetts Hill in the city centre, has the largest selection of traditional beer in Birmingham. It has 15 ‘real ales’ available at any one time.

- The Selfridge shopping centre in the city centre has a very unusual exterior, which has many design awards. It particularly looks spectacular when lit up at night.

Att ta sig runt?
- If you are going short distances, then taxis won’t be too expensive.

Att undvika?
- The market areas around the Bull Ring, have little of interest to the visitor.

Marknadsplatsen Bullring som den såg ut efter andra världskrigets bomber 1942

Bästa Birmingham-läsning?
- Well not quite Birmingham reading, but J.R.R Tolkien, the author of the Lord of the Rings, was educated and brought up in Birmingham. Some sights in Birmingham and surrounding areas, such as Perrott’s Folly (the Two Towers), inspired some of this work.

- Around the Gas Street basin in the city centre is quite pleasant. This is where the main canals in Birmingham come together.

Var handlar man kläder?
- The Mailbox, is full of trendy designer boutiques. Otherwise Selfridges store is worth a visit if nothing else to look at its wonderful exterior design.

Var ser du helst på fotboll?
- St Andrews, the home of Birmingham City.

Övrig sport?
- If there is no footie, then it must be summer and cricket time. Warwickshire (Bears) play at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, one of the best in the country. You won’t understand the rules, but who cares, it is a pleasant afternoon of sunshine and beer!

Vad vet vi svenskar garanterat inte om Birmingham?
- Apparently Birmingham has more miles of waterway than Venice.

Läs också:
Mitt val: Jens Littorin om London

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Colu February 17, 2010 at 23:30

Duncan är en genomtrevlig kille som också skrivet en guide till Balti-resturanger. Han visade oss runt B’ham i samband med ett besök för några år sedan. Trevliga pubar och god mat!

The Villan February 19, 2010 at 17:28

BLUE NOSE………………………………………

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