Last week I decided to brave the Christmas crowds and head to Birmingham for the day. I will not lie, I was mostly going for the the massive Primark!
I went on a day trip with Barnes Coaches with my friend, Amy. It was extremely well priced at £21 a person and we were dropped off right outside the Bullring.
After a bit of bumbling around trying to find Primark, because there are no signs and Maps was being a pain, we finally found it. I had watched several videos of this big Primark, including Brummy Mummy's, and had very high hopes!
First impressions: it was big but definitely not as big as I had imagined. It was also extremely busy.
Me being highly predictable, sort of beelined for the Disney sections. I had been after the Mickey Mouse wreath for yonks, and after having not found it in my local store, pretty much ran for it when I saw it.
Honesty time. The Disney selection was pretty standard. I don't know whether it was because it was so rammed in the store that nothing was displayed as nicely as I have seen in videos, or whether it was simply just not as good as I had imagined. Don't get me wrong, they had a great selection of Disney items, much more than my local store, but many of the things I had seen on videos were not available.
The Harry Potter section was impressive and highly themed. I didn't get to look massively in it because it seemed half of Birmingham was trying to pile into this section which was in the far corner with a lot of shelves in! It appeared to have a good selection of items from clothing, bags and accessories.
The Disney Cafe looked awesome! Unfortunately, even at 11am, the queue was doubling back on itself already and we didn't want to wait in the line. Hopefully the next time I venture to Birmingham, the line won't be as manic!
Overall, I wasn't hugely impressed with the Primark. I think it was just far too busy and it was difficult to move around. I will definitely be back at a quieter time!
Next, we went to Mowgli for lunch. I was really excited for this restaurant after hearing nothing but singing praises from family and friends!
The menu is what I would call Indian tapas. It was very extensive, with a lot of great options to choose from. Provided with the normal menu, was also an allergen guide and a gluten-free menu. It seems they they cater for a lot of allergies and can amend dishes as required.
We chose to share the dishes we chose, which upon reflection, was not the best idea. The portions are quite small and we could have ordered this twice over! We went for the Mowgli Basmati Rice (£2.50), House Chicken Curry (£6.95), Mother Butter Chicken (£7.95) and Puri (£3 for 2).
I cannot fault the food at all. There were four large pieces of chicken in each of the curries, with plenty of sauce for dipping the bread. The food came out fairly quickly which was good considering the restaurant was packed. I just wish there was more of it!
After lunch and a quick look around a couple of shops, we came out and it was packed. It was getting towards uncomfortably busy. The group of people on the top floor of this photo is actually the queue for the escalator. Some shops had queues outside of them, and it was getting a bit too warm. The Christmas Market outside was even more packed, with no visible gaps in the crowd at all. At this point, we headed over to Grand Central, sat down and had a coffee and called it a day.
Overall, it was a pretty good day. Lunch was definitely a highlight and I can't recommend the restaurant enough,
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