Brum Trail: The Winter in the City Trail

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Ideal for: people who love both breakfast and board games

Avoid if: you’re a bad loser

Bring // Youll need: your woollies

Terrain: high ropes and high stakes

The start: Bar Opus, Snowhill

Nothing takes the winter chill away quite like a hearty brunch. Bar Opus do a swish version with a choice of either trendy bar plates to share or a menu of classic dishes such as the New York Bagel, steak and eggs and, of course, a good old English – all delivered in the swanky surroundings of this popular Business District bar. Their Saturday brunch comes complete with drinks upgrades – why not indulge in unlimited Bloody Marys for a mere £12.50? Yet another compelling reason to travel by bus…

One Snowhill, city centre

Brunch served on Saturdays from 10.00am

www.baropus.co.uk

The middle bit: Sandwell Valley Country Park, West Bromwich

This time of year may feel a bit grim, but it throws up the opportunity for crisp, sun drenched walks to put a smile back on your freezing face. The largest national nature reserve in the Midlands, Sandwell Valley has it all. Its 660 acres are home to an RSPB reserve, a working Victorian Farm complete with tea rooms, a cycle route, woodland, meadows, open countryside and some nice lakes to boot. There’s even a high ropes aerial adventure course, for those feeling brave after all those Bloody Marys.

Salter’s Lane, West Bromwich – just a few miles out from the city centre

The 74 and 75 bus routes stop a few minutes walk from Bar Opus at Colmore Circus, and take you into the centre of West Bromwich.

The Valley is a ten-minute walk from West Bromwich centre.

The end: The Queen’s Arms, Jewellery Quarter

This comfy, Grade II listed proper boozer is the perfect place to kick back with a pint of cask ale and fall out with loved ones, as you take advantage of the pub’s generous selection of board games. They’re barmy for sausages here, and the rest of the food offering isn’t bad either – comfort guaranteed. If you’re seriously into your games there’s a very popular quiz night here, every Thursday.

150 Newhall Street

If you’re travelling back from West Bromwich on the bus, alight at Water Street – Newhall Street is a stones throw away

www.queensarmsbar.co.uk

Open every day from midday, 11.00am on weekends

Tips: You can mix and match your choice of sausages at The Queens, and you get three – go for it!

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Words by Gemma Corden – writer, unashamedly banging on about Birmingham. Contact via @gemma_corden or find out more about her here or even more here.

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