"You Choose" - The Loft

Each week we walk into a restaurant and make the staff order for us

Venue: The Loft, 143 Bromsgrove Street, B5 6RD; website

Choice: Loft chicken burger (£8.50) Chooser: Front of house team

Chances are beer and being outside don't occupy the top two slots on your January agenda, which makes what we're about to say characteristically terrible timing. Following a major refurb The Loft's beer garden has gone from good, to one of the very best in the city. Fortunately that slick fit-out has continued indoors making The Loft our new fave Gay Quarter bar, news which is jollified further by staff that are as warm as the glowing new decor. Food-wise we bit our thumb in the direction of a healthy start to 2017, by ordering no fewer than seven dishes, placing us in a position of authority to declare their buttermilk fried chicken burger with bacon jam and ranch mayo the crown prince of the spruced menu. Cocktails are a big deal and the Suck & Swallow (*Julian Clary look to camera*) is where ginthusiasts should be setting up shop, while a rum punch that they say is made to Rihanna's own recipe is a walloping great crowd-pleaser. Food menu / drinks menu