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“One of my favourites in Brum for consistent food & drinks”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Bar Epernay - CLOSED

Bar Epernay
Price range: $82 - $82
Cuisines: British, Bar, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Ladywood
Description: "Bar Epernay is part of one of Birmingham's most exclusive developments, The Mailbox. Perfect, really, when it's target audience is big spenders. It looks as French and sophisticated as it sounds. There's a centrepiece trendy open-flame fire, and cool music, which lunchtimes and evenings emanates live from the revolving grand piano. Bar Epernay serves good, brasserie-style food - lots of fish and seafood like oysters, lobster tail and pan-fried king scallops to accompany a 23-strong champagne offering; four by the glass. There's always a bubbly of the month, such as Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2000, £37.50 (usually £55). Vintage champers and non-vintage prices? Chin, chin! "
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“One of my favourites in Brum for consistent food & drinks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

In January we’ve had our pick of restaurants as no one was dining out due to overspending and over-eating at Christmas. It was therefore inevitable that when, on the first post pay day Saturday, we wished to eat in The Mailbox’s refurbished “Oriental” we were unable to get a table. We returned to Bar Epernay where we’d earlier been drinking Peroni and listening to the pianist, and bagged almost the last table available for dinner. Recently some of our acquaintances have suggested that they’ve not enjoyed dining here so it was about time we came back to check on it anyway.

Back in the day, when The Mailbox was new and shiny and Birmingham was being refurbished from the ground up, Bar Epernay was quite swanky, certainly the only Champagne bar in Brum that I knew of. Despite the passage of some 10 years it still feels luxe. The furniture is heavy and the decor neutral but inviting. The round open fire is super cosy in winter and the addition of a pianist rather than generic piped pop is welcome to those of us that want to have a conversation over dinner rather than shouting to make ourselves heard.

Although it’s a Champagne bar they do have a very large range of wine, beer, lager, and cocktails on offer too. If you’re around on a Friday evening then you should partake in “Friday Fizz”, that’s house champers for £20 a bottle. When on the cocktails I particularly enjoy the Espresso Martini or if it’s getting late then the decaf version which tastes just as good, the Monkey Manhattan is punchy and worth a go if you like a stronger cocktail as I do. Or alternatively there are plenty of sweeter offerings and Champagne cocktails such as the passion fruit Mojito.

We were seated in the more private area at the back of the restaurant, I think it used tobe reserved for Champagne. I had something of a cheese-fest starting with a Baked Camembert followed by the Goat’s Cheese and Caramelised Red Onion tart. The Camembert was big enough for two to share as a starter, served with rustic bread, and roasted cloves of sweet garlic. My main was also substantial with the cheese to onion ratio about perfect. Three small tarts were served on a salad of leaves and beans which was nicely dressed. The special starter of lamb skewer wasn’t up to much, but we did really enjoy the duck salad. As mains we also had steak, a whole lemon sole, and mussels in a tasty white wine and coriander sauce. The service was at about the right speed, not too rushed, not too slow. On another visit here we ate a beef Sunday lunch, and Fish and Chips. I thought the Fish and Chips was delicious and a perfect hangover cure on a Sunday lunch time.

Two courses will set you back about £20 per head, and wine starts from about £15, with many wines and Champagnes available by the glass. The website lists the offers that are available at the moment including £15 two course Sunday Lunch, or if you have some cash to splash then try a very limited edition James Bond themed Bollinger Champagne (La Grande Année 2002) presented in an exclusive ‘gun-barrel’ case at £125.

So in summary I’m pleased to report I think the food here is still as good as ever. It’s also a great place to go for an adult dinner out, for cocktails, Champers, or just a Saturday afternoon beer and a catch up with friends

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank OutInBrum
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English first
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“is this really a 'champagne bar'?”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

we went to this bar and left after one drink after it took 20 minutes to get one! We arrived and were blatantly ignored by the female front of house, looked like a supervisor/assistant and made our way over to the bar not to be greeted by the stroppy looking girl who was more interested in who she was texting on her mobile phone than to serve us. After being 'served' our FLAT champagne in grubby champ flutes there was not even a thank you, just a smarmy false smile, we were not impressed. We went on up to the Miller and Carter restaurant (directly above) after, much nicer up there with professional and attentive staff.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Kevin H
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General M, General Manager at Bar Epernay, responded to this review, June 24, 2013
Dear Sir

Thank you for taking the time to inform us of your recent visit to the bar. We welcome customer feedback whether being good or bad, and try to improve the service we provide.

I would kindly ask if you would contact me direct, so that I may investigate this matter further. Please email me at info@bar-epernay.co.uk

Kind regards
Carl Jones
General Manager
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Nagoya, Japan
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Excellent service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

It was our first visit to this bar. We went to Birmingham for shopping and wanted to have some oysters. We looked for an oyster bar in Birmingham and decided to go in this one.
Surprisingly, they told us they don't serve oysters there anymore when we tried to order some! You can imagine how disappointed we were. Oysters were the main reason we chose the bar. However, the dishes we had instead were excellent and the staffs were friendly.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank pinkygirl-nats
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent value for money”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

6 of us had the 2 courses for £14.95 sunday lunch menu yesterday. It was excellent value for money. The food was excellent and the service even better. Can't think of a better way to spend a sunday afternoon. Wine was lovely and not overly prived for this type of venue. Love this place. Great ambience and a lovely place to have also have a drink.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Fiona C
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Solihull, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great service, good food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

A busy Friday, early evening, enjoyed a lovely meal. The service was excellent, really nice staff. The food was very good and reasonably priced.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Trudi C
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