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Chefs' Reception at Rotunda18 July 2012

We were honoured to play host to the Chefs' Reception for the Birmingham Food Fest on Monday evening in one of our Rotunda penthouses. 

The Food Fest is going extremely well. Chris, who won our competition with Opus, attended over the weekend and described it as "a massive success."

Independents Day04 July 2012

It's Independents Day today. All of us are being encouraged to buy at least one item from a local, independent company.

Staying Cool is very proud to be a small, independent and we use our buying power to support other companies like us. For instance, the cafetiere coffee in our Rotunda apartments is supplied by the Urban Coffee Company, which now has three outlets in Birmingham and is taking on the corporate coffee chains in the city, and we buy thousands of juicing oranges a year from the local market.

We also actively seek out independents for bigger purchases. We bought our sofas from naughtone, who design and manufacture near Harrogate, and Heather at Eclectic Chair in Leeds handmakes cushions and curtains for us.

Purnell's Wins Major Award03 July 2012

We were excited to see that one of our favourite Birmingham restaurants, Purnell's, has won the prestigious  BMW Square Meal Best UK Restaurant Award 2012

This award sees Purnell's beating world-renowned restaurants, such as Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir de Quatre Saisons, to first place. You can read Square Meal's full top 50 UK list  here.

Turners also made the grade at number 36. 

Shock and Gore02 July 2012

Birmingham has a great cultural scene with some really quirky stuff on offer. 

The Electric cinema is one of our favourite venues and this is their Shock and Gore Week. We can't wait for the Dracula wine tasting!   

Food Festival Winner29 June 2012

29th June 2012

The winner of our Food Festival competition was Eleanor Edgar.  Unfortunately, Eleanor couldn't make it. We therefore drew another name and Chris Davis and a guest will be coming along in Eleanor's place.

Congratulations, Chris! 

Birmingham Food Fest Competition26 June 2012

Birmingham Food Fest is on its way and, to celebrate, we have the perfect competition on offer for foodies. Our winners will stay overnight with us in the city on July 12th and enjoy a unique culinary event  featuring top Chicago chef Dirk Flanigan.

We're offering a stay for two in one of our 5*  Clubman apartments at the top of the Rotunda. Our winners will also enjoy a five-course meal with wine at Opus restaurant, as part of the Colmore Business District Food Festival. And this is a very special evening - one of America's rising culinary stars, Dirk Flanigan, will cook alongside Opus' chef-director, David Colcolme.

We are hosting Chef Flanigan for a week to show our support for the festival. Gavin Burns, our Head of Marketing, said, "Dirk should feel right at home here - all of our apartments have fully-equipped Poggenpohl kitchens and we provide cooking basics such as balsamic vinegar and olive oil. He'll be able to whip himself something up in no time."      

Our competition will launch tonight at 8pm and entries will close on June 29th, 2012. You can enter via Staying Cool'sFacebook page or email janie@stayingcool.com using the title 'Food Fest Comp' and your name will be popped in our virtual bag.

BE Festival25 June 2012

We're supporting the BE Festival which takes place in Birmingham from 2nd-8th July this year. BE promotes the performing arts from around Europe and it's wonderful.

As The Guardian says, "There is plenty to savour at the boundary-smashing BE Festival." Please check out theprogramme. There's also a short BE Festival videoonline.

Backing for the Balti21 June 2012

We were happy to hear that Birmingham's Balti curries are in the process of receiving protected status. You can read all about it in  The Independent

Birmingham is justifiably renowned for its  Asian cuisine  and our guests have hundreds of restaurants to choose from. Our current favourite is Asha's

The Lussorian20 June 2012

Thinking of coming to stay? Adam from The Lussorian blog did and he wrote, "The apartments are equipped with all mod cons and high end fixtures and fittings. Minimalist white bathrooms and a poggenpohl kitchen show that the design team know what their customers like." 

Adam brought his kids along too and they seem to have had a lot of fun, "The apartments are chic but without the 'hands-off' feeling that sometimes accompanies such exclusivity. In fact, fun is positively encouraged, as evidenced by the children's packs that were provided. Games, toys and best of all, bubble wands, were all put to good use. We all stood on the windy balcony sending bubbles across the bustling shopping centre, before retiring indoors to watch the sun set and the lights go on over the city."

The full Lussorian review 

The Voyage18 June 2012

One of 2012's must see cultural events takes place in Birmingham this weekend. You can enjoy The Voyage just a couple of minutes away from our Rotunda apartments.

The Voyage can be seen nightly in Victoria Square.  Four free, spectacular performances will take place from Thursday 21st-Sunday 24th June at 10pm.

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"..brilliant either for a short break with kids or just for a night or weekend away without them if your batteries need recharging." The Baby Website

"Self catering couldn't be more groovy." The Telegraph's Stella magazine

""..the Rotunda is superbly located bang in the city centre with New Street and the famous Christmas market less than 20ft from our door – perfect for dropping off those heavy shopping bags."" North Devon Journal