Boutique ditches posh nosh for burgers and hotdogs


A boutique hotel in Birmingham is scrapping its fine dining menu in favour of a more laid back bar food offering.

Owners of The Edgbaston boutique hotel have replaced its high end menu with burgers and hot dogs, just four months after launching Birmingham’s first cocktail-matched menu.

Stuart and Darren Insall, who head up the venue, said that the move was made in reaction to customer demand, and the direction of the market.

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The news came after head chef Ryan Swift left the Highfield Road venue for a role at Dormy House in the Cotswolds. He helped brothers Stuart and Darren to recruit a replacement before he department.

Speaking to the Birmingham Post, Stuart Insall said: “What we want to do is offer really amazing bar food with sharing plates, great burgers and hot dogs.

“It has to complement the customer base we’ve built up already.

“We’ve looked at what has worked and what hasn’t, and we’ve reacted to that.”

Fine dining and the cocktail-matched menu will still be available at the Edgbaston, but will be reserved for private dining and corporate bookings.

The bar food menu, which will be served from noon till late, will feature lobster rolls, the Edgbaston burger, the Edgbaston dog and monkfish cheeks in panko breadcrumbs.

There’s also a bar snack menu, including manzanilla olives, pig ears and croque monsieur.

Mr Insall said: “I don’t want it to be just another fine dining restaurant, attracting one per cent of people.

“I want amazing food available to the masses.

“It has to have flair and personality in every single dish.”