Head chef Matt Cheal left Simpsons July 2015 to open his own restaurant Cheal's of Henley, in Henley-in-Arden.
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This Edwardian villa in Edgbaston continues to split views ever since its major makeover in mid-2015, which gave it more of a brasserie feel, and the changes can still come as “a bit of a shock: everything but the exterior was different, with an interior high on echo and to be honest not particularly comfortable”. When it comes to the overall verdict doubters feel the transformation represents “a bizarre dumbing down”, but – notwithstanding the change of approach – most reporters feel that the “high quality of its ingredients”, “skillful cooking” and “innovative” style leads to a “beautiful” all-round gastronomic experience.
This “quiet and discreet” Edwardian villa in Edgbaston divides opinion since its major makeover in mid-2015, which has “increased space” and “given it more of a brasserie feel”. Critics feel that “this once classy Georgian gem has had its heart ripped out with its new, contemporary Scandinavian look” (but “downgrading the ambience hasn’t been match by lower prices!”), and say that “while the food is good it doesn’t show the flair of years gone by”. For fans though, “it just gets it right time after time” with “delightful and innovative (if expensive) cuisine”.
It’s a new era at this Edwardian villa in Edgbaston, which has long offered “the most reliable posh night out in Brum”. It reopened in September 2015 after a hefty makeover and a change-up in the kitchen (Nathan Eades replaces longtime head chef Matt Cheal) – the aim is a switch up in gear, but we’ve left it un-rated till next year’s results are in.
“Birmingham’s classiest night out” is to be found at this gracious Edwardian villa in Edgbaston, still acclaimed for its “impeccable” service and “beautifully presented” food; concerns over “exorbitant” bills sapped ratings this year though – “good, but not as exceptional as I would expect at this price”.
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"A terrible disappointment. Once Birmingham's finest has bizarrely dumbed down both its appearance (it now looks like a high street cafe) and its food offering but not of course the prices!"
"First visit this year and was a bit of a shock. Everything but the exterior of the building has change the decor the staff the food. Overall we found the food to be good and well presented. Service was efficient with a couple of minor hiccups. Interior was high on echo and to be honest not particularly comfortable."
20 Highfield Road, Birmingham, B15 3DU
lunch 12.30 pm - 2 pm, dinner 7 pm - 9.30 pm
Last orders: Mon- Thur 9 pm, Fri & Sat 9.30 pm, Sun 4.30 pm