"You could have a croque monsieur or a French onion soup to get recommendations on the perfect glass of wine to go with it", Barry tells me before showing off the daily wine table and extensive choices on the menu. "You know, Sauvignon Blanc is the most popular choice of wine in Birmingham. This city is the Sauv Blanc capital of the country, but we have that and much more to try here."
Molly Aston is the sommelier at hand during my visit. She's enthusiastic and knowledgeable, providing me with a range of smooth and rich wines (including a Sauvignon Blanc) to accompany the various courses for myself and my friend. More on that as we go along.