With Birmingham being such a large city, sometimes we (both the locals and the visitors) forget that the city is not just the very city centre with all its Wagamamas, Wetherspoons and Sea Life Centres. It’s also the hidden gems – the very unique places with their terracotta walls, stained glass windows and potted cacti larger than life itself. Travelodge hotels have therefore decided to run what they call the blogger battle series – a friendly Brum-off if you like. Here are my top three hidden gems which people definitely don’t talk about as much as they should!     

HOME IS WHERE... (Church Street, Birmingham)
Home is where... is in fact a pretty average deli/caf with a most definitely above average range of homemade cakes, super friendly staff and incredibly cosy atmosphere. It is one of those places you’d call a hidden gem – not many people know about it but who’s been once will definitely return. It’s a lovely place to stop by for a quick cuppa, for a Sunday brunch or even for an out of office client meeting.  

THE WOODMAN PUB (Eastside City Park, Birmingham)
Located in the Eastside Park, the Woodman isn’t just another Birmingham pub. It was built in 1897 and the characteristic ‘tile & terracotta’ building was designed by architects Lister and James Lea. After more than 110 years, the interior still has the original floor and wall tiles as well as it has the biggest pub garden in Birmingham! Because of the building’s historical authenticity, you can come across many little architectural whims from a traditional serving hatch to a stained glass window which was originally meant to be in a different pub – but someone messed up when they were building it! Although the Woodman is a historically super charged pub, it also serves delicious (and budget friendly) beast burgers and a wide selection of ales – the woodman style!   

BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS (Edgbaston, Birmingham)
This 15 acre field of everything green and blooming first opened to public in June 1832 and not that much has changed since. This large Victorian garden has 4 giant glasshouses (each displaying a different climate zone from a rainforest to desert). Apart from the expected walks and strolls around the gardens you can also watch a theatrical performance of the likes of Shakespeare and the Bronte sisters. Or even join a photography course! 

What is your favourite hidden gem in Birmingham?