Haig Club Skybar – Lowland Whisky with a Sky High view

I do love The Cube  Architecturally, the building is stunning and it has a great mix of living, dining, drinking, spa treatments and even a bowling alley on the way apparently…

Its newest resident is Haig Club‘s new Bar, next to Marco Pierre White Steakhouse on level 25 of The Cube. I was invited to see the new bar, try the cocktails being whipped up by head bartender, Jack Spencer and sample some of their small plates!


If you haven’t heard of the brand, you’ll recognise their partners in the shape of David Beckham, who is even present at the bar in the shape of an autographed poster, and Simon Fuller of Spice Girls & Pop Idol fame.


The whole ethos of Haig Club is to bring it up to date and give whisky a modern, easy drinking feel. Their main product is the single grain Haig Club (obvs), in its distinctive squat cobalt blue and copper bottle, echoed in the bar design. Their more recent addition is Haig Clubman made in ex bourbon casks to be a much sweeter whisky.

The 25th floor gives some stunning views and there are some great landmarks to spot out of the corner of the building like the Peace Gardens and Beetham Tower. It looks even prettier at night (as Birmingham does!).


Whilst we did the usual blogger mingle and catching up with friends old and new, we tried a whisky and Coke, always refreshing combination, before taking our seats ready for a quick talk from Jack


Jack went over the difference between the Club and the Clubman giving us neat samples of both. I prefer the slightly more ‘robust’ of the two Club whilst the majority of the rest of the group went for the Clubman.

Both had been designed as easy ‘blending’ whiskys for cocktail making and pairing. They are what I’d call a neutral whisky so if you’re not a big whisky drinker, this may be worth you trying to start out.

All the cocktails for the evening were showcasing the Haig Clubman and Jack has created over 20 cocktails, using both Haig Club and Clubman to tempt your taste-buds if you want to vary away from the menu.


Our second cocktail (or first if you don’t count whisky and Coke as a cocktail) was Pears in Paradise, a combination of Haig Clubman, Pear Liqueur, Cloudy Apple Juice, Cinnamon and Lime with a slice of pear too! These reminded me of the pear drop sweets every grandparent seemed to carry in their pocket when I was growing up. It was a shade too sweet for my liking but still nice and refreshing.

Time for food!

Our first round of dishes was Smoked Duck & Sesame Skewers, rolled in HoneyChicken Satay SkewersBlack Pudding Bon Bons with homemade brown sauce and Patatas Bravas. All quite rich and powerful savoury and sweet flavours to punch with the Pears in Paradise.



The next beverage on the list was Clubman Apple Mule, Haig Clubman, Apple Juice, Ginger Beer and a slice of dried apple for those who worry about my fruit and veg intake. One of my faves of the night, a really nice refreshing summer cocktail with a spicy lilt to the end from the ginger beer.

The next round of food was Moules Mariniere (the first time I’ve seen it as a small plate) in a nice rich white wine & cream sauce. There was also some Aromatic King Prawns which lived up to their name, being huge and a nice spicy aroma. The Iberico Ham & Dijon Crocquettes were also huge with a reach, creamy, chive sauce wrapped around chunks of ham, topped off with a panko breadcrumb outer. The final dish of this round was their Chorizo & Black Pudding Sausage Rolls in puff pastry.  The sweetness and spice of the chorizo and black pudding combined well, though the puff pastry was a bit too ‘shrapnel heavy’ for me.


The next cocktail was a Ginger Julep, Haig Clubman, Ginger Liqueur, Mint and Lime. The sharpest out of the three and yet the sweetest at the same time, with the lime juice having fisticuffs against the spicy and sugary ginger liqueur, which made for an interesting sip.


Our final trio of dishes was their Scotch Eggs, soft boiled eggs rolled in Cumberland sausage meat and panko breadcrumbs, Chorizo Frito al Vino, chorizo glazed with sweet red wine, and more Patatas Bravas.

The Chorizo was my favourite dish of the evening and was also nosily appreciated by the whole table; the scotch egg was lovely too.

The final cocktail and treat was to watch Jack show off his skills with a Berry Beauty, Haig Clubman, Chambord, Grand Marinier, Sugar Syrup, Raspberries and Burnt Rosemary.  All poured in a glass pyramid.


I finished my fruity cocktail whilst looking at that beautiful view. If you fancy something a little bit different in a cocktail bar and those stunning views, you should check it out.

When: 06/07/2017

Where: Haig Club Bar,  Level 25, The Cube, Birmingham

Who: Haig Club Bar, The Cube

Disclaimer: For this visit, I was a guest of the wonderful team at Rewired PR and Haig Club Bar. This blog is my own personal opinion and strives to provide an independent view, promoting, enjoying and reviewing the range of exciting food and venues in and around Birmingham.

Bonjour to Le Bistrot Pierre!

Le Bistrot Pierre has been in place over a month. Nestling into the canalside between The Cube and Brindleyplace, it seems to have settled in nicely.


Wifey and I went to the launch at the backend of June (yes, I’m that far behind!). We arrived after a stroll through the Mailbox and entered via the side entrance, which opened onto a walled terrace area.


After some complimentary drinks and canapes, we had an explore around the building which boasts a good sized bar, comfy seating and separate lounge area. There are cosy little alcoves and two good sized terraces, for those braving a British summer, for al fresco dining or little snugs inside with exposed brickwork and dark wood, making it a more intimate experience.

After our wander around, we joined them for their inaugural service (happily, next door to the lovely Adam and Rich from OutInBrum).

Our meal (discounted by 25% as it was opening night), consisted of bread, appetizer, mains and dessert.

The bread (a mini pain) was soft, doughy and warm, with a rich creamy butter. It disappeared fast with Wifey nearby!

Our appetizer was a Tartes Flambée. Described to us as a ‘French Pizza’, it’s from the Alsace region of France and consists of rolled bread dough with fromage blanc or creme fraiche on top. We chose the Traditionnelle which came topped with caramelised onions and smoked bacon lardons. Served on a a wooden platter atop a wire cooling rack, it was extremely moreish. Tasty, light and crispy, the base held up and there was no noticeable sagging. The yin and yang of sweet caramelised onions and salty bacon lardons really went well together and we’d definitely have it again the next time we go.

Wifey’s main was Poulet Printanier: pan-fried chicken breast, asparagus, fricassée of wild mushrooms, tarragon and peas. It came with plenty of sauce, the chicken breast cooked well but remained moist. The tarragon sauce was perhaps a touch heavy but still always a good flavour to enhance chicken.

I chose the Épaule d’agneau à la Marocaine. This was a Moroccan spiced slow cooked shoulder of lamb with pearl couscous, harissa, toasted pine nuts, dried apricots, and a mint and yoghurt dressing. The lamb was well cooked and flaked easily; the pearl couscous was chunky and went well. My only slight disappointment was the thinness of the sauce as it was a tagine style rich sauce rather than a broth.

Accompanying sides were seasonal vegetables of broccoli, carrots and red cabbage which were well cooked and perfectly serviceable. Perhaps a touch of butter may have livened them up. The dauphinoise potatoes on the other hand were worthy of mention, creamy rich and buttery and served in a small frying pan.

Dessert for Wifey was a Crème brûlée (not pictured). A thickly glazed caramelised sugar top, which needed a strong tap to crack into.  The interior was as you expect, a thick yellow custard which slipped down well.

I chose to try their selection of mini desserts which accompanied by an espresso (extra £1 for this option) called the Cafe Gourmand (well, I had to try that!). The desserts were enough to keep me happy and cut through the rich strong coffee, with the sorbet being my fave.

It was a good first experience, bar a few hiccups with service to be expected on opening night. We’ll be definitely be returning again and it’s a good step up from the regular high street French food providers.


When: 30/06/2016

Where: Le Bistrot Pierre, 46 Gas Street, Birmingham, B1 2JT

Who:  Le Bistrot Pierre

#ManSpa @ The Club and Spa at the Cube / Afternoon Tea @ Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill

You’re probably wondering what a #ManSpa is (I did). Well, us men are well known for notoriously keeping grooming to showers, aftershaves and quick swipe of a razor around the chops if you’re lucky. This is something The Club and Spa at The Cube are looking to change…


Spa Days are traditionally the preserve of ladies and the occasional couples retreats. Men don’t seem to get much of a look in on treatments and that’s probably why we won’t think about going, preferring a gym session instead.

Situated in The Cube (created by Birmingham born Ken Shuttleworth at firm Make Architects), it’s a landmark destination in Birmingham with The Club and Spa taking over the majority of the ground floor.

The lovely chaps and chapesses at Ed James Group invited myself and a few other bloggers down to try the new treatments and for a spot of afternoon tea at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill too (more on that later); who can say no to that!

To meet the needs of a modern man, they have provide a range of treatments designed especially for men ranging from £25 to £65:

Skin fit facial- 1 hour: This treatment introduces the latest proven effective, anti-ageing discovery specifically formulated for MEN. The unique tri-phase treatment combines rejuvenating Caviar and repairing freeze dried ESCUTOX to replenish the skin while counteracting the signs of ageing, razor burn folliculitis and sensitivity. The facial includes cleanse, steam, extraction, enzyme exfoliation, ampoule massage, rubberised mask and scalp massage.

Executive hand or foot treatment – 20 minutes: For those of you who are pushed for time but still need results. This treatment will leave your hands or feet looking and feeling great. Nails are trimmed and filed, with cuticles softened and pushed back; the treatment will finish with a hydrating massage to the hands or feet.

Sports foot groom – 45 minutes: Hard skin is removed and feet exfoliated using their enzyme exfoliators, before being massaged with treatment creams. Cuticles are conditioned and groomed, nails are trimmed and perfectly shaped.

Deep tissue back massage – 30 minutes: Using firm massage techniques, the therapist will incorporate forearms and elbows to offer a firmer, deeper pressure. This powerful customised massage alleviates stress, eases aching muscles and revives the senses.

Moor mud back wrap with massage – 1 hour: A luxurious back treatment incorporating the wonderful results driven aromatic moor mud. While this thermal mud aids the release of muscular tension, aches and pains you can escape into a state of deep relaxation further enhanced by the therapists cocoon massage techniques. Combining the wrap and massage therapies in this way offers longer lasting effects on tension. The therapist applies a moor mud to the back and layers with hot towels, performs the cocoon moves and then finishes with a deep tissue back massage.

After bumping into Dave from #Brumhour and now BrumRadio outside, we went in and I opted for the Executive Foot Treatment (no, don’t run away I promise NO feet pictures in here) and went to collect my robe, sturdy padlock and towel (42) for the changing room and prep:


We then went for a quick tour of the Spa including the well equipped gym, sauna and relaxing pool area.

I was then whisked away by the lovely Abby to the Laurent Perrier Champagne Nail Bar for my foot tidy:


And before you ask, no I didn’t indulge in the nail polish!

My treatment was very relaxing; after a soak, my nails and cuticles were tidied, feet exfoliated and dead skin removed from the bottom of my feet. Heavy work done, I was moisturised and had a foot massage. This took all the tension away from the balls of the feet and I almost drifted off to sleep it was that relaxing, felt as light as the Temper created piece in the header image.

A few drops of cuticle oil nourished the edge of my cuticles to prevent dryness. Treatment concluded, Abby then walked (ha!) me through some tips on how to care for my feet a little more in the future.

I then wandered over to for a bit of zen in the suspended hammocks:



I’ll be returning again and would recommend the #ManSpa to any man looking for a break away from the stresses and strains of modern life.

This was wonderfully peaceful and rested me well for the food to come. After a quick lift ride, we ended up at the other end of The Cube…


And what a view! We were ushered into the Laurent Perrier Champagne Bar in Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar and Grill at the top of The Cube as night drew in across the hustle and bustle of Birmingham:

The pictures above don’t really do  it justice! I’ve been before to Marco’s in the day but it’s completely transformed at night and shows how big Birmingham is from a different scale.

The main reason for our visit was to take us through their afternoon tea offerings. Available everyday from 12pm until 5pm, with customised variations for Mother’s Day, Easter and Father’s Day.

Chris Haynes, Head Chef talked us through the menus of what was on offer:

The four “Tea’s” consisted of


  • Unlimited Tea or Coffee
  • Shots of Gazpacho Soup
  • A range of traditional finger sandwiches
  • Warm sultana scones, clotted cream, and seasonal preserves
  • A delicious range of cakes and sweet treats.

Mother’s Day (available 4th – 6th March)

  • A glass of champagne (for the inner Edina or Patsy)
  • Sandwich Selection
  • Mini Brie & Spinach Quiche
  • Beetroot Gazpacho
  • Mini Fruit Pavlova
  • Petit Fours
  • Sponge Cakes
  • Macaroons
  • Shortbread Fingers

Easter (available 25th  -27th March)

  • A glass of champagne
  • Sandwich Selection
  • Scotch Quail Egg
  • Rabbit Ballotine
  • Scone
  • Hot Cross Bun
  • Chocolate Egg
  • Petit Fours

 Fathers Day (available 17th – 19th June)

  • Bottle of Crafty Dan 13 Guns IPA or Purity Longhorn IPA or Purity Lawless Lager 9or a glass of champagne if you fancy something a little different)
  • Tamworth Streaky Bacon Sandwich
  • Open Roast Beef on Ciabatta
  • Fishfinger Sandwich on Ciabatta
  • Homemade Scotch Egg
  • Homemade Sausage & Stilton Roll
  • Welsh Rarebit on Cheese Scone
  • Baked Guinness Pudding with Brandy Cream

My personal favourite of the night was The Father’s Day variety with an amazing scotch egg and a delicious, gooey, unguent little Guinness pudding.

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After another chinwag with Dave (and a snap courtesy of Gem Magazine), I headed home to Wifey, rested, relaxed and well-fed!

To view the range of treatments for men at The Club and Spa, you can view and book here or if you want a voucher for that special someone you can get them here (perfect for a Valentine’s / Birthday / Xmas Pressie). Alternatively, you can call 0121 643 2200.


Afternoon Tea is available at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill in Birmingham every day between 12-5pm.  Enjoy panoramic views over the city whilst enjoying traditional finger sandwiches, Marco’s daily cake selection and a glass or cup of what you fancy. Booking is highly recommended and can be done through their website here or if you want a voucher for that special someone you can get them hereAlternatively, you can call 0121 634 3433


Disclaimer: For this evening, I was a guest of The Club and Spa, Marco Pierre White and Ed James Group who provided all treatments, food and drinks; this provides no bias to this post. This blog is my own personal opinion and strives to provide an independent view, promoting, enjoying and reviewing the range of exciting venues  and food in and around Birmingham.


When: 14/10/2015

Where: The Cube

Who: The Club and SpaMarco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and GrillEd James Group