If youve yet to book accomodation or posh meals for during your visit to the Cycle & Leisure Show heres a mini guide to the options available within a ten-mile radius of the NEC

The BikeBiz Guide to Brum

Get your skates on, youve only got two weeks left to book your hotel room, register for Sunday nights nightclub and reserve your table at one of Birminghams swankiest restaurants. Dont worry, weve done all the legwork for you. Use this guide to do all of those last minute things you really ought to have sorted before Christmas but never got round to it because, hell, that was last century and you had bigger things on your mind.

Posh nosh

Suppliers: if you want to impress your creme de la creme IBDs and are seeking to wine and dine them, here are the up-market eateries that will comfortably max out your company credit card.


Le Petit Blanc

9 Brindley Place

0121 633 7333

Top chef Raymond Blanc has gone Brummie and opened this upscale restaurant in the trendy Gas Street basin area of downtown Birmingham. Its stylish, its French. The portions may not fill the average IBD so, afterwards, head across to the burrito stand at Ronnie Scotts, the jazz venue.

Number 282

Hyatt Hotel

0121 643 1234

Chef Roger Narbett has created a light, modern eatery for the well heeled. The food is traditional but surprises await.


Brindley Place

0121 633 4466.

From the same folk who run the original in London. Classy.


The Metropole

0121 782 4242

This is the closest posh eatery to the NEC. In fact its spitting distance from the halls. The Metropole is the dead expensive hotel all the rich cycle trade execs stay at (of course, thats only Steven Walsh and the Stanforth brothers at the moment) and the restaurant is glitzy and upmarket in price. If you cant be arsed to drag yourself to Birmingham town centre this will be the nosher and watering hole of choice.

Mid-market nosh


The Bucklemaker

30 Mary Ann St, St Pauls Square

0121 643 1234.

Fish and game served in 17th century cellars.

Budget nosh



Arcadian Centre

0121 693 5084

Pot Noodles it aint. It may be cheap bu this new noodles bar oozes style.

Mongolian Bar restaurant

Ludgate Hill

0121 236 3842

Mongolian warriors used to make salted cheese by storing lumps of rancid milk beneath the saddle of their horses. No such delicacy here,worse luck, but the you choose it, we cook it selection is extensive and cooked as you watch.



There are loads of curry houses which have jumped on the bandwagon and tagged balti to their list of specialities but for the real thing youve got to get yourself to Sparkbrook, three miles from the city centre (its on the way to Dawes and the Reynolds factory). Stoney Lane is where its at. The best Balti on the strip? Many say its the Royal Al-faisal Tandoori Restaurant, 130-140 Stoney Lane. 0121 449 5695.


Book your accomodation through Expotel and you get a special show deal. Their cheapest deal is £59.95 for the Holiday Inn Express, five minutes drive from the NEC.

Go to http://www2.expotel.co.uk/…/expotel_eventdisplay?event_id=CYCLE2000, or call 0207 372 2001.



Tourist Information

0121 643 2514

Birmingham Convention

and Visitor Bureau

0121 780 4321

NEC Rail travel

0345 484950


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