SIFA Fireside to relaunch breakfast service!

When: Tuesday 18th February, 09:30-11:30
Where: SIFA Fireside, 48-52 Allcock Street, Digbeth, B9 4DY

A few weeks ago we reported that our friends at SIFA Fireside had been forced to stop their daily breakfast service for the homeless and vulnerable of Birmingham.

Well, thanks to a massive effort from supporters of the charity, in a life-affirming display of community spirit, enough has been raised for the service to be relaunched!

As a thank you for the generosity of donations received, SIFA Fireside would like to invite all their supporters to the relaunch of their breakfast service tomorrow morning.

Please see the invitation below for more information.

NHWN Newsletter – January/February 2014

Dear members & supporters,

Please find the January/February 2014 edition of ‘Our News’ (the NHWN 6 weekly e-newsletter) below.

This edition includes:

Digbeth, Cheapside and Highgate Network‏

When: Tuesday 18th February, 08:30
Where: iSE, Avoca Court, 23 Moseley Road, Digbeth, B12 0HJ

The next Digbeth, Cheapside and Highgate Social Enterprise network will be held on Tuesday at iSE.

A variety of topics concerning Digbeth will be on the agenda, including HS2, the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter, and cleaning up Digbeth. Refreshments will be provided, but please register your attendance at the iSE website in advance.

For more information, see the image below, or contact Dawn at 0121 771 1411.

St Patrick’s Parade 2014 – Road Closures

When: Sunday 16 March 2014 – Parade starts at 12:00
Where: Digbeth High Street

With just under a month to go until Digbeth is painted green with the St Patrick’s Parade 2014, Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police have announced which roads will be closed to allow the parade to pass through Digbeth safely. Please see the map below.

This year’s theme is ‘Myths and Legends’, and if you’d like to be more than just a bystander in this year’s parade, we would love to hear from you! Email us at if you’d like to join our walking group on Sunday 16th March.

Foundations of Beorma

Dave Whittall send us the following progress report on the Beorma Quarter development recently.

It seems as though the foundations of what will become a huge and imposing tower are being laid. Click here to see more visualisations of how the Beorma project will look upon completion.

If you take any photos of the work in progress, do send them to us by email ( or via Twitter (@mydigbeth), and we’ll share them with all our followers to keep everyone updated.

The Warehouse makes the top ten!

The Birmingham Mail recently compiled a list of the top ten restaurants in Birmingham according to TripAdvisor.

Digbeth’s very own The Warehouse Café not only made the top ten, but came in fourth, beating off stiff competition from the city’s other great eateries, including some Michelin-starred ones! Here’s just one of the reviews:

Service was friendly and helpful. Food tasty and well presented. Quiet on the day we visited so able to talk in comfort unlike many city centre based eateries where everyone overhears and have to compete with background noise/music when having a conversation.

Good value and easy parking outside (pay and display). With so few vegetarian eateries in the centre of Brum, this is worth a visit.

Click here to read more reviews on TripAdvisor. With neighbouring The Karczma once being in the top two restaurants in Birmingham (and currently at number 12), it’s great to know that our friendly neighbourhood restaurants are revered across the city.

Image: Birmingham Mail

Eastside Projects – February 2014 News and Exhibitions

Irish Story-Telling Evening

When: Thursday 13th February, 20:00 onwards
Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH

The theme for this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade, taking place on Sunday 16th March, is Irish Myths and Legends.

To whet your appetites, The Spotted Dog is hosting a story-telling evening this Thursday from 8pm to share Irish myths and legends.

Why not pop along, pick up a complimentary Gaelic coffee, and enjoy hearing familiar stories, or sharing your own?


Launch of Madame Moonshine’s Speakeasy

When: Saturday 15th February 2014, 20:00-03:00
Where: Next▢Door, Lower Trinity St, Digbeth, B9 4AG
Tickets: £15 advance (available here) / £20 on the door

Madame Moonshine will be opening her Speakeasy at Next▢Door this Saturday, where you’ll find flirtatious flappers, swinging bands and kicking gams!

Acts still to be announced will include authentic swing and jazz bands, professional flappers dancing the Charleston, and DJs playing tunes from the 1920s with modern twists and beats.

Along with the croupier-laden betting corner, the bar will play host to some of the finest whiskeys and gins, newly-created cocktails and a chance to make your own Hotsy–Totsy hooch.

For more information, see the flyer below or check out the Facebook event page.

Start-up Digbeth

Although the image below gives a little more prominence to Manchester, StartUp Britain has confirmed that Birmingham had the most new business start-ups in the UK outside London in 2013.

This is great news for our city, but what is truly exciting is that Digbeth (postcode B5) had 268 start-ups in 2013 – 2.3% of the total for Birmingham. This places our tiny patch of the city as the 13th start-up hotspot in Birmingham. Not bad I say!

Click on the image below to visit the StartUp Britain website to learn more.