Created in 2014, Carpe Diem Emmie is a Midlands based Lifestyle, Theatre and Travel blog. Ran by Emmie, a 28 year old woman based in rural Leicestershire.

In the day Emmie works in a primary school where she is passionate about inclusion and mental health. In the evening she escapes to the cultural world.

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The Jam House, Birmingham

3-5 St Paul's Square, Birmingham B3 1QU, UK
AD – This meal was gifted in return for this review.

The last time I visited Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter was for a stay at Saint Paul's House, a gorgeous boutique hotel just a stone away from The Jam House which I visited recently for dinner. Located in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, The Jam House has occupief a traditional and historic Georgian building overlooking St Paul's since 1999. It's become a household place within this area of the city. Not only is it a fantastic place to enjoy drinks and food, but it also organises live music events on a weekly basis. 

The Jam House is split into three floors with a complete open plan design, it's a really spacious venue. If you are there to dine then on the top floor is where you can enjoy freshly cooked international cuisine, which seats over 80 people. Where we sat was quite squished next to other diners but it didn't distract us from enjoying our meal. This area of the venue has become very popular for corporate events and social/business lunches. 

The venue's live music includes jazz, blues and rock music but there's something for everyone to enjoy. 

For our visit we dined in the balcony restaurant that provided us with the perfect vantage point to enjoy live music (should there have been any on our visit, unfortunately there wasn't). Their menu is freshly prepared and changes seasonally, ensuring the best of flavours are enjoyed by people throughout the year. The Jam House in Birmingham even bake their own bread in house! 

The menu at The Jam House has a lot to offer in variety and they definitely impressed me with what was available for us to eat. It was definitely tricky to use and with their Summer Menu pricing up at £32 for two courses, its incredibly affordable for the standard of food that The Jam House has to offer. 

Before we began our meal the team brought over a duo white & brown loaf, stone baked focaccia &  marinated olives which were a great nibble to begin with. 

For starters we got stuck into very two delicious dishes! I went for the Charcuterie Board; a selection of cured meats, pickles, scotch egg and red pepper tapenade presented on a wooden board. It was probably one of the best starters I've had this year! I loved the combination of flavours provided by the meats with the warmth of the scotch egg. The flavours really complimented one another and I would definitely just enjoy this dish as a quick snack with a couple of G&T's, that's for sure! Jordan opted for the Crab Cakes which came with basil mayonnaise, mango, chilli and coconut. The presentation was next to none and Jordan enjoyed the fruity flavours combined from the crab and the mayonnaise. 

For our main course we both decided to 8oz Chargrilled Sirloin Steak that came with chunky chips, tomato, mushroom and watercress. The steak was dressed with a slice of garlic butter and I had my steak accompanied with some onion rings and their mushroom and blue cheese cream. Cooked at medium rare, I was slightly disappointed that my steak was cooked more towards medium but this didn't impact on the texture or flavour too much. I really enjoyed the creamy sauce drizzled over my steak and the mushroom and blue cheese flavour was really obvious without being too overpowered. 

I was really surprised in the quality of food and service provided by what I knew primarily to be just a music venue. I realise how much more The Jam House has to offer and feel it would make a great addition to your next visit to Birmingham. 

I can't wait to book another visit to this place in the near future!

Address: 3-5 St Pauls Square, Birmingham B3 1QU
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