So my journey to discover the best venues in Birmingham for business lunches continues and took me to the All Bar One on Newhall Street. We had booked a table for eleven for lunch with the intention that we go in yearly before another big group and be out in an hour.
When I arrived we were taken to a room at the back of the bar where the echo made us sound like a group of fifty. It was hard to hear the people next to me speak, let alone anyone any further away.
The lone waitress arrived a few moments later and took a staggered drinks order that required ten minutes to take and another ten mins or so to arrive. When it did we ordered food and the wait began. There's no point beating about the bush, we had been in the restaurant for fifty minutes before any of it materialised.
When the food did finally arrive, I had ordered the burger which was too salty, a bit over cooked and quite small. The pulled pork on top of it was disgusting. A soggy mush of flavourless meat which tasted only of salt, with a careless daub on cheese on it. The chips were too small and innumerate, the coleslaw was dry and the onion rings were covered in oil. In all a quite disgusting plate of what passed for food on the day.
When we had finished it took an age for our table to be cleared, it took an age to get the bill, it took an age to get it paid.
I always like to consider the value of a meal, but at £15.60 for the burger, onion rings and a drink, this would have been poor for the quality of food and service at half the price. A really poor effort.
In short, if what you're after is an hour and a half of your life which you will never get back and for which you exchange your time and money for some of the poorest food the city centre of Birmingham has to offer, this is your place.
Should you require something better, other alternatives are available.
Every man jack of us moaned about the food and service back at the office and I think we could say that the eleven of us will leave it along time before darkening the doorstep of this place.
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