If you read my previous post, 20 Things To Do In My Twenties, you’ll know that last Wednesday (the 7th), was my 20th birthday. I had the day off work, and what better way to spend it than welcoming the festive season by visiting the beautiful Christmas markets of Birmingham.
First of all, I started my birthday in the best way possible, with the help of bacon and eggs. One of my favourite places to visit is The Hide in Ampthill, which is known as one of Ampthill’s best hidden secrets. Tucked away, the venue is filled with character and is a lovely place to visit for breakfast, lunch and drinks in the evenings.
Later on, my family, boyfriend and I ventured to Birmingham to spend the evening at the Christmas markets. I’m one of those ridiculously annoying people who play Christmas music the whole way through December and count down the days like a 7-year-old , so being surrounding by all-things festive seriously gave me strong Christmas feels and had me feeling more excitable than ever.
Whilst at the Christmas markets, it would have been very rude not to have tried the German hot-dogs, which were extremely delicious. I also tried one of the crepes from one of the stalls, flavoured with lemon and sugar, which was the perfect warmer as it began getting later and slightly colder.
After making our way through the Christmas market, we nipped into the Bullring for a quick shop in Selfridges before heading out for dinner to The Botanist.
Amy and I recently visited Birmingham when we went to see Justin Bieber (you can read all about it here), and had mentioned our amazing dining experience at The Botanist. After being so impressed with it, I suggested to my family eating there for dinner so that they could experience it’s quirkiness (and cocktails) in all its glory.
As we walked into the restaurant, we were greeted with the news that we could have one of the private dining rooms, as the Christmas party who had booked out the room for the evening had earlier than anticipated. Filled with fairy lights and quaint garden-themed decor, the room was stunning and created the perfect location for our family meal.
If if that news wasn’t good enough, we were next informed that we were welcome to order from the Christmas menu. The majority of us went for the Christmas Kebab, which was a hanging skewer filled with turkey pieces, stuffing balls and mini pigs in blanket, all marinated in cranberry sauce. Is your mouth watering yet? At the bottom of the skewer was a bowl of autumnal veg, and with your permission the waitress poured gravy down the skewer and into the bowl of vegetables and potatoes at the bottom. I was in CHRISTMAS FOOD HEAVEN.
I had the best birthday ever, and thoroughly enjoyed my time in Birmingham. I received a Polaroid camera as a gift for my birthday so loved putting it to use to capture the memories. If you would like to read about what I would like to accomplish in my twenties, then feel free to read my previous blog post here!
Thank you for reading!