Foodie Faves: Marmalade

When the Birmingham Rep was refurnished and opened to coincide with the new Library of Birmingham, it launched with a fancy new restaurant that came and went before I had a chance to visit it. So when Marmalade launched in February, I was there on day two.

Indeed I watched it being built as I was a big fan of Rep Eats, the short lived in-between café that I used for coffee meets with clients. Never having owned matching furniture, I loved the hap-hazardness of the seating from colourful nursery kitchen tables to the seats pulled out of an old theatre. Now with Marmalade, it’s an altogether more comfy, pre-theatre experience.

Although this is an unusually classic and formal setting from the latest of the Bitters n Twisted group, known for their quirks (see Jekyll & Hyde’s Gin Parlour and the old skool boozer, Rose Villa Tavern) the interior still has a couple of twists and of course, it’s own cocktail menu.

I’ve already eaten here three times, firstly with the bf during opening week when they had the half price offer, then for a birthday lunch and recently with the girls.

I’m eating my way through the menu, starting with the light and yet filling sea bass which helped me enjoy beetroot for the first time, then the battered cod & delightful lemon pea puree, even though it wasn’t my customarily Friday-for-fish day and latterly the burger.

I’ve recommended the former two to appreciative diners and the burger although fairly standard is served with spicy paprika fries. All are around £12-13.

I’ve only noticed one dessert on the menu – gingerbread cheesecake, maple sauce, toffee pecans and mint - there may be others.

A thoroughly warm welcome awaits you followed by a pleasant dining experience, whether you’re popping to the theatre or just ravenous.

Note: Marmalade refrain from serving cocktails pre-theatre so do check timings if that’s what you’re hoping for! But there is happy hour 4.30-6.30 and all day Sundays to make up for it.

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By founder, editor & serial eater @RickieWrites.