Digbeth Dining Club - Birmingham's answer to StreetFood
I sat there on a Picnic bench in an old industrial lot, sandwiched between high walls in the shadow of Digbeth's massive black railway arches. Perhaps it doesn't sound like an inspiring scene. But surrounding me were the smiling, laughing faces of people of all ages, eating incredible artisan street food, drinking, listening to great music, interacting - and I could see the same look of wonder, the same disbelieving smiles that said everyone here was thinking the same thing...
"This doesn't happen in Birmingham."
Well, it didn't. But things are changing.
Just past The Custard Factory - now a creative hub and one of the coolest places in the city - you'll find a new treasure. Tucked away beneath the dark, towering railway arches is a new bar that embraces the industrial heritage of the city, while giving it new face: Spotlight.
Bare, minimal and stylish, we can hope this is the first of many new venues that have some real character.