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Old August 1st, 2016, 04:21 PM   #1781
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It would be brown if it was on the inside.
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Old August 1st, 2016, 07:30 PM   #1782
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Unbeknown to some, Princip Street is going through a big renovation process at the moment (over the main road from Bagot St)

COMET WORKS. Restoration of a former Spitfire Machine Gun factory with 20 lofts, forged apartments & mew houses sat within a building dating back to the 1830's. It's been on-going for months now, hence my posts on the JQ construction thread, now things are gathering pace elsewhere

The Mill mews house is now underway, with a new roof!
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Old August 1st, 2016, 09:28 PM   #1783
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A new (posh) chippy has opened in the JQ - same people who used to run the Lord Clifden:

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/what...r-new-11682465

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Fishylicious is opening in the Jewellery Quarter - a new beachside themed seafood restaurant

Fishylicious restaurant from former manager of The Lord Clifden pub, will transport you to a seaside cafe serving gluten free fish and chips, mushy peas and champagne!

There are few things in life that beat the simple pleasure of the taste of fish and chips at the seaside.

Okay we might be nowhere the sea here in Brum but new restaurant Fishylicious in the Jewellery Quarter from former Lord Clifden landlady Sarah Thornton, is aiming to transport us to the beach with a fabulous fishy menu and beachhut style interior.

When we visited for our sneak preview, although still undergoing work to to be shipshape for their Monday, August 1 opening, Fishylicious certainly evokes that by the seaside feel -- with seagulls on the walls and toilets that look like beach huts you'd find on holiday.

The workmen were still hard at work - in between drinking cups of tea made by Sarah's mom Sandra Thornton who's also been helping with the cleaning and painting for the grand opening.

But one famous workman had already finished by the time we arrived on what is arguably the visual highlight of the Fishylicious interior.

Renowned Birmingham graffiti artist Temper has spray painted a mural over the restaurant doors entitled 'Postcards and Ice Cream.'

Fishylicious owner Sarah Tornton told us:"I'm lucky Temper is friend of mine and I knew he could really create something that sums up the style of decor that I wanted for Fishylicious. I asked for something like a sepia style postcard with a sailor, something that fitted with our beach theme.

"Temper took two days to finish it - using spray paint and marker pen - and it looks amazing - like it's been done in watercolours."

Sarah previously worked at the acclaimed Brum pub Lord Clifden but says it was always a long held dream to open a seafood restaurant in Birmingham "that made you feel you were actually by the sea."

"Everyone knows fish and chips tastes better by the sea and in fish and chip paper. That's exactly how I'll be serving them on the plates.

"Birmingham is not great for seafood, so knew it would be something really great for the city. After leaving Lord Clifden last April, I started looking at potential places to launch.

I had three other premises in the Jewellery Quarter fall through for various reasons. And then I came across this. And as soon as I saw I knew I wanted to paint it blue. It took a while to get the right shade but I think it's perfect now. "

As well as the main restaurant, which seats 27, the outdoor courtyard serves 28 - perfect for sunny evenings. And although you won't hear waves you'll certainly hear seagulls - something The Jewellery Quarter is now well known for.

On the menu enjoy traditional fish and chips served with chips, tartar sauce, pea puree.

Diners have the option of having their fish fried, grilled and poached. Choice of fish includes cod, seabass, salmon, scampi, hake or a daily special on the special board. Lobster and chips is also available.

For starters you can choose from mushroom caviar, classic prawn cocktail, smoked mackeral and potted shrimp mackeral.

All the menu is gluten free apart from the homemade pies which includes shin of beef and onion, seasonal mushroom, chicken and mushroom and of course fish pie.

On the dessert menu there is home made ice cream and milkshakes with a choice of flavours - vanilla, raspberry and butterscotch.

Sarah has hired three chefs who have previously worked for Rofuto at Park Regis, The Plough in Harborne and Metropole Hilton respectively.

All the seafood will be supplied by fresh food specialists M & J seafood wholesalers. Wines have been supplied by local wine merchants Connollys in nearby Livery Street and will have the fishylicious branding. There will also be a choice of bubbly to wash down your fish supper (or lunch)

Describing Fishylicious as 'neither gastro pub or restaurant' Brummies can expect something unique from this new eaterie.

Sarah added: " I want a relaxed unpretentious atmosphere where people feel they're just chilling in Weston Super Mare or any other seatown. We might not have the sea but we will have quality seafood and hopefully a happy holiday vibe."

Fishylicious will be open Monday – Thursdays 12 – 9pm

Friday and Saturdays 12- 10pm

Fishylicious opens on Monday August 1 at 5pm.

Unit 5, 19 – 23 Pitsford Street, B18 6LJ

Won't be short of real seagulls for that authentic seaside experience!
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Old August 2nd, 2016, 09:33 PM   #1784
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Crane going up on the Camden Drive and Legge Lane site.
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Old August 3rd, 2016, 03:50 PM   #1785
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Excellent post about the new chippy at the JQ , definitely have to give it a try it looks fantastic just our cuppa tea, proper food.
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Old August 6th, 2016, 10:30 PM   #1786
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Don't know if it's been reported before but I came across an auction site which had the Carver St/Pope St (formerly) hotel plot for sale last month. Looking on the results page it sold for £900,000.
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Don't know if it's been reported before but I came across an auction site which had the Carver St/Pope St (formerly) hotel plot for sale last month. Looking on the results page it sold for £900,000.

I imagine we're looking at apartments again, shame because the hotel plan would have brought a bit of diverse use to the area.
Great to see so much development on the horizon, I just hope we don't end up with "soulless" streets like the student village beside Aston Uni!
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Old August 11th, 2016, 12:00 AM   #1788
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The Jewellery Quarter in the Wall Street Journal:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/birmingham-u-k-s-second-city-rises-1470840688
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Old August 11th, 2016, 12:32 AM   #1790
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The Jewellery Quarter in the Wall Street Journal:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/birmingham-u-k-s-second-city-rises-1470840688
Charlie Wells was in Birmingham last month to interview Javelin Works about their latest venture - Comet Works etc. Posted about it a few pages back.
Good exposure
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Old August 16th, 2016, 10:28 AM   #1791
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Great Charles Place back to the drawing board after the council decided new residences are needed more than new offices

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Old August 27th, 2016, 06:43 PM   #1792
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Livery Street getting ready for a certain Mr Spielberg next month. Ready Player One

Seen from the top deck of the no 29 bus.

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Old August 27th, 2016, 07:22 PM   #1793
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Next Month?

He's already been here. Filming started a couple of weeks ago.
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Old August 27th, 2016, 07:24 PM   #1794
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That was Digbeth. Think set dressers have been decorating the area.

http://geeknation.com/new-ready-play...re-references/

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One of the most endearing aspects of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One was its blend of non-stop pop culture references into its original, and enthralling sci-fi story. When Steven Spielberg came out at one point and said though that the movie wouldn’t have quite as many references to his films and other work from the 80s, some fans were worried about how true to that aspect of the novel the film was going to be.

If the newest set photos from the movie are any indication though, it doesn’t look like that’ll be the case at all, because these things are like a pop culture fanatic’s dream come true.

Twitter user Michelle Green posted the following photos from the film’s Birmingham, England production, giving an idea of what kind of background designs and set details we can look forward to seeing in the adaptation:
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I work on Lionel Street and have been watching the Ready Player One preparations. Of most note, the graffiti panels affixed to the Snow Hill rail viaduct, and the collection of knackered American cars building up.




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Old August 28th, 2016, 06:58 PM   #1796
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Birmingham Mail article with photos of the stuck on graffiti

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/what...i-put-11793757

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Steven Spielberg has yet to start filming in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, but his film crew have already left their mark.

A series of new pieces of graffiti have appeared on walls in Livery Street.

You can tell they are props rather than real graffiti as they are stuck to the bricks rather than sprayed directly on them. That means they can be easily removed without annoying local residents.
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Old August 29th, 2016, 04:36 PM   #1797
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I took a walk to St Pauls Square a few nights ago from Colmore Row, Although many people say the Queensway is a barrier to get over there, I don't think a great job has been done to make the pedestrian bridge or assess to the bridge more welcoming. The new LED lights on the bridge do look great, but I can't help but think more could be done with the stairs which are located at the bottom of this building. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@52.48...2!8i6656?hl=en

Then over to Ludgate Hill, it has to be one of the darkest roads in the City, its a very wide road with 3 low sodium street lights, come on. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@52.48...2!8i6656?hl=en. To make this entrance more welcoming to the Jewellery Quarter something needs to be done to make the road much more brighter, the blame can't be put down just to the Queensway. Amey have done a fantastic job with replacing the majority of Street Lights in Birmingham, I just don't see why Ludgate Hill has been left.

These LED street lights have gone up in Harborne, the'd look great around JQ.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@52.46...2!8i6656?hl=en
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Before talk was mooted of burying the tunnels, I always wanted a bridge with a gentle gradient starting, say, a hundred metres up both Ludgate Hill and Church St. Something really modern-looking, if you catch my drift!!!
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Old August 29th, 2016, 10:59 PM   #1799
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Newhall Street over Great Charles Street Queensway is the only crossing where you don't have to use the footbridge or the subway between the Colmore and JQ areas.

Well until the new Paradise pedestrian crossings fully open.
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Had a night out in the Jewellery Quarter on Saturday, not been up there for a while, but it's really taken a leap forward. Loads of new places to go including; Pig & Tail, 1000 Trades, Button Factory and one we didn't go in called Ara Rocha.

Really good vibe, if this was in any other city in the country there would be all sorts of articles being written about it. Get experiencing it everyone.
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