Birmingham Weekend

We got on a train at 9am Friday 16th October and were in the Old Post Office Vaults ( a couple of minutes north of New Street station) with Acorn Endeavour IPA and XL Brewing’s Swish six hop ale by 1pm. and the journey cost £8.60 each.  The return was a little more, at about £11 each.  The station is really a shopping centre with food outlets, all finished in wobbly sheets of stainless steel, which makes for a confusing exterior.

It may not be finished - there seems to be a long rectangular hole in the steel, but I'm not sure, its so hard to look at.

It may not be finished – there seems to be a long rectangular hole in the steel, but I’m not sure, its so hard to look at.

Steel, or at least iron and its alloys figure big in Brum.  In the Jewellery Quarter its hard to name the ‘Jewel In the Crown’, it could be the clocktower.

Fine cast iron clocktower with its own set of 4 streetlights.

Fine cast iron clocktower with its own set of 4 streetlights.

Or it could be the cast iron Temple of Relief just a few yards north on Vyse Street.

Fine cast iron panels offer some privacy whilst peeing in this Temple of Relief, but the whole thing is now padlocked shut.

Fine cast iron panels offer some privacy whilst peeing in this Temple of Relief, but the whole thing is now padlocked shut.

Just east (five minutes stroll) is what could so easily have been named the Jewel in the Crown, but is actually called Deepalis Vegetarian Indian Restaurant, where we spent over two hours eating and drinking.  Six bottles of wine (and some orange juice for Raz), seven starters, 3 garlic nans, 3 bowls of rice, and seven main courses including 2 dosas.  Thoroughly delightful food and lots of conversation – which was the point of this 4th Eco-Schools officers reunion.

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