This Museum Is Serving Classic West Midlands Dishes With A Hidden Treasure Tour

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer

This Museum Is Serving Classic West Midlands Dishes With A Hidden Treasure Tour

No idea why the dish Groaty Dick didn’t take off.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery are hosting a dinner at their Edwardian Tearooms where you can tuck into a choice of three traditional dishes from the West Midlands. And with the museum not currently open to the public (set to open 7 October), you can experience an exclusive hidden treasures tour of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

This museum and gallery has almost been open for 150 years and has built up an impressive collection. According to this museum, the collection has now grown to well over half a million objects. The tour, which is being held for one night only on Saturday 26 September, will introduce guests to well-known pieces alongside items that have a less famous story to tell. The tour will explain  the lives of their creators and discoverers and their journeys to Birmingham, plus a few hidden meanings, surprises and secrets may well be revealed!

Credit: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Diners can choose from three dishes- faggots and peas, vegetable balti and Groaty Pudding, also known as Groaty Dick.  The faggots will be served with mushy peas and parmesan and celeriac mash. The vegetable balti contains butternut squash, cauliflower, turnip, carrots and apple, dressed with coriander raita and served with rice. As for the Groaty Pudding, this Black Country classic is, in fact, a shin of beef cooked low and slow, with leeks, carrots and groats (a grain) braised in a rich Midlands ale gravy served with Brummy bacon cakes. So, not so bad after all.

There are a limited number of tickets for this tour due to social distancing restrictions. You can book your tickets here.


The tour lasts 45 minutes and there are three time slots available:

  • Ticket 1: Dinner at 6.30pm followed by a tour at 8pm
  • Ticket 2: Dinner at 7.30pm followed by a tour at 9pm
  • Ticket 3: Tour at 7pm followed by dinner at 8pm

If attending, you must also remember to bring a face covering to wear around the museum and gallery.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery reopens on 7th October. The Edwardian Tearooms also offer brunch, lunch, coffee and cake during the day. It is located on Level 2 of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and is open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 4.30pm. Last orders for food is 4pm.