Soul food revolution

Big Papa's beautiful south street food

Anthony Duffy and Craig Essex from the Big Papa’s  kitchen takeover of The Sunflower Lounge has finished as they are moving to a new venue – their own bar!

They say “We are extremely excited to share our brand new Mockingbird Bar & Bistro with you guys. You can expect an exciting, fresh, seasonal bistro with a keen focus on using locally sourced produce.

“Our head chef has worked in some fantastic kitchens including Purnell’s and is very eager for you to taste his ideas. You may also expect a unique and carefully designed craft beer and cocktail menu, taking influence from small cocktail bars in Harlem.

Mockingbird Theatre & Bar

“The key objective and focus for the Mockingbird is to push the smaller, independently crafted drinks,championing the local breweries. As well as our exciting food and drink, we will be offering a truly unique and eye catching interior married with a relaxing atmosphere.”

I’ll be going along on Thursday 6 August to the launch party so will report back soon.

In the meantime, you will still be able to get your Soul Food fix as Sophie and Matt aka Sunny’s Soul Shack will be feeding hungry diners at The Sunflower Lounge.

Soul Shack hotdog

This is the first independent venture for Head Chef and owner Matt Coppell. You can expect to see blackened catfish, spicy Bourbon chicken wings, hotdogs and burgers with piles of pickles, home-made slaw and Sunny’s secret mustard on their menu.

They are accepting Gourmet Society,Taste and Food Birmingham cards, check their Facebook page too as they are running special offers such as rump steak beef mince burgers with rough cut chips or sweet potato fries for £6.50 or 2 for £10.


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