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Foodie staycations at Rotunda

QUICK LINK: Book Wilderness Bonfire Night event on 5th November

We’ve teamed up with long-time friend Alex Claridge, chef-owner of the acclaimed 3 AA Rosette restaurant The Wilderness in Birmingham to bring you a series of high-end foodie staycations. We’ve paired Alex’s provocative dining experience with the sleek and stylish interiors of our iconic Rotunda serviced apartments to create the ultimate socially-distanced night away.

The first three events in July and August were a sell-out and our next event is on Bonfire Night, the 5th November.

“Our restaurant experience at The Wilderness has always been one of escape and of bending quite what’s expected, and this pop up is no different. Whilst both holidays and dining out as we remember them aren’t quite possible just yet, we wanted to do something which brought some of the best aspects of both together for the guests we love to serve.  This set up means diners can be assured that social distancing is observed while enjoying a cool welcome break with fine dining that has been sorely missed. We can’t wait to offer guests an experience which is truly exciting and unique, and one borne of its time,” Chef Alex Claridge.

What the food critic said

The Telegraph’s food and travel writer, Lizzie Frainier, had this to say when she joined us for the first event,

“The scallop starter was standout.”

“Once you’re settled in, the indulgent feeling of not having to leave the room at all is rather romantic.

“Being able to watch the city come back to life from high above through an open floor-to-ceiling window upped the ante on the sense of freedom and celebration that we all seem to be looking for now…”

fireworks outside a staying cool Mini studio apartment at rotunda birmingham

Bonfire Night Wilderness x Staying Cool Dining Event

Alex and the Wilderness team will be dishing up seven-serves from 7pm in the comfort of your own apartment while you enjoy panoramic views across the city, as well as fireworks as it is Bonfire night, from the top floors of the Rotunda. Tables are set ahead of check-in to create the perfect private dining room experience.

Alex and his team explain the food first-hand via both pre-recorded videos and a live stream, guiding you and your companion (apartments sleep two or four people) through plating up the food, for an interactive chef’s table experience. This is restaurant-style dining but from the safety of your own individual apartment. Vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian alternatives available. Most allergies are catered for too.

The menu, inspired by the best of Birmingham’s fusion flavours and Alex’s daring style, can be paired with wines curated by their head sommelier and winner of GQ sommelier of the Year 2018, Sonal Clare. We aim to bring the romanticism of room service and the glamour of dining out together for a first of its kind.

Following dessert, you can relax and enjoy a change of scene from your new normal. Watch the fireworks or kick back in front of the TV in the comfort of your own apartment.

We actively encourage you to dress up for the occasion. Our floor to ceiling windows make the perfect photo backdrop for the ‘Gram.

And for breakfast?

The next morning you can enjoy a (complimentary) Staying Cool breakfast of fresh orange juice and cereals. With a 12 noon check-out you will have plenty of time to soak up the views.

How much will my dinner, bed and breakfast cost?

Tickets cost from £195 per person. The ticket price includes:
• a one night stay in a Mini studio apartment (larger apartments are available and you can see options when you book using the code STAYWILD on this website)
• a 7-serves meal by The Wilderness.

How to book

In the booking search bar, select Location Birmingham, check in 5th November and check-out 6th November (although you are very welcome to stay longer!). Press Search. On the next screen click the + button to enter a promotion code and type in STAYWILD From here you can choose your apartment type – studio, one bedroom, two bedroom or Penthouse (see below). If you have any queries or would like us to make the booking for you, please do email us [email protected]

Other event: the Wine Staycation

We’re also running a Wine Staycation on Saturday 17th October with the Birmingham WineWeekend.

Choose your apartment type

  • Mini

    Studio (370 sq ft / 34.5 sq m)

    Chic studio apartments on levels 16-19. Floor-to-ceiling windows that open deliver the perfect city vista while bespoke interiors bring the wow factor inside. More info.

    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 Bathroom (with rainfall shower)
  • Roadster Penthouse

    Two bedrooms (1100 sq ft / 102 sq m)

    Dare to be different. A showstopping 5 star rated penthouse atop an iconic Birmingham skyscraper. Beautifully appointed with designer furniture and a spacious outdoor balcony to really enjoy the views. More info.

    • Sleeps 4
    • 2 Bathrooms (2 baths with rainfall shower)
    • Balcony
  • Clubman

    One bedroom (560 sq ft / 52 sq m)

    A serviced apartment with style. Perfect for two, this home from home offers peace and privacy with great views across the city and beyond. More info.

    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 Bathroom (bath with rainfall shower)
  • Maxi

    Two bedrooms (760 sq ft / 71 sq m)

    Two is the magic number. Double up with two bedrooms, two en-suite bathrooms and a generous living area. Perfect for sharing, whether you’re at work or play. More info.

    • Sleeps 4
    • 2 Bathrooms (1 bath with rainfall shower plus separate shower)

Your Covid-19 Measures?

We have put in place measures to protect against Coronavirus, endorsed by hospitality industry bodies. More detailed information will be included in your pre-arrival email.

Terms & conditions?

The fine print (the usual Staying Cool T&Cs apply) and in addition:

• Remember to speak to us about allergies – email [email protected] and we’ll chat to Chef…

• At least one guest must be age 21 or over

• Maximum two people in a studio apartment (£390 in total for both of you)

• Maximum four people in a two bedroom apartment.

What happens if lockdown returns?

If government restrictions on overnight stays return or a full lockdown is imposed in Birmingham, we will move the event to another date. You can either chose to cancel for a full refund or transfer the booking to the new date.

What happens next?

You will receive an email confirmation and then no later than seven days before arrival Wilderness will be in touch to confirm dietary requirements and drink orders.

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