Hill Street. It’s not synonymous with food and drink, but new bar/restaurant, Lobby on Hill Street has pitched up alongside the Holiday Inn and is trying to change this little stretch of Brum. And I kind’ve like that.
Ahead of launch, I was invited along to preview their street food inspired menu based on classic favourites with a twist. We were greeted with a selection of canapés and champagne which was a great way to start the night before being split into groups to make Mojitos, led by the barman, Chris. Yep, you heard me, we were given free reign to make passion fruit Mojitos and I volunteered to make one because when are you ever given the opportunity to make your favourite cocktail at a bar?
The cocktail menu is extensive, with a mix of classics like Espresso Martini and more unusual cocktails like Frozen Strawberry Lemonade. Prices are between £7-8.50 each which is pretty reasonable considering the quality of the drinks. There’s also a happy hour from Monday to Friday on a small selection of cocktails at £5.27 each.
The food menu is focused, relatively small and has a selection of 12 dishes to choose from. I’m a big fan of small menus because it means I can choose quickly and the food is usually good because there’s no excuse if you’re only producing a small number of dishes.
I started with the Squid and Chorizo Hot Pot stew and the squid was nice and crispy and complimented the chorizo and herby tomato sauce well.
Next, was the Prawn Pot Noodle, made up of udon noodles, oriental style vegetables, homemade spicy kakejiru sauce, prawns and a kettle full of steaming, spicy stock to bring it all together. There’s something about being able to create your own food in this way when eating out and I think it makes the experience a lot more interesting and memorable.
I tried the rest of the menu including Crispy Chicken Wings with hot sauce, Posh Cheesy Chips with bacon, Salt Chilli Garlic Ribs in batter, Chip Butties with triple cooked chips & chimichurri mayo and Black Country Sliders. My favourite had to be the chicken wings because, chicken wings!
The portions are generous and prices are between £4.45 and £6.75 per dish or you can choose three dishes for £14. I’ll be honest, you probably only need two dishes per person, three if you decide to have another plate of chicken wings, like I probably would. (Yep, I’m that person)
We finished the meal with Raspberry & Lemon pots, followed by a White Cosmo cocktail, which is now a new favourite and was a lovely end to the meal. I enjoyed the evening at Lobby on Hill Street and the staff were really fun and friendly- which I fully rate. You may need to persuade your partner in crime to consider Hill Street initially (!) as its a strange location but once you do, it’s a decent spot if you’re staying at the hotel.
If you subscribe to the Lobby on Hill Street website, you’ll be in with a chance of winning a free Cocktail Masterclass for up to 8 friends. Go on, subscribe, you know you want to.
Lobby on Hill Street is now open and can be found at Hill Street, Birmingham, B5 4EW.
*I was invited to try the food and drink. My opinions are my own*