Resort World Birmingham Dining

Working at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham for an extended period of time can really take it’s toll. As I recently found out at one of our biggest Lego shows of the year, Brick Live.

After staying ‘off site’ last year and having our van broke into I decided that for the convenience and safety we’d pay a little extra and stay at the Genting Hotel inside Resort World Birmingham. Just a five minute walk from the NEC. 

A great benefit to staying inside Resort World was the many dining options available inside this complex, and today I want to share with you our experience when eating at three of them; Nandos, TGI Fridays and Pizza Express.


We ate at Nando’s twice while staying at Resort World Birmingham, being a firm family favourite it was somewhere that had something for everyone.

One great benefit to the location of Nando’s within Resort World is it’s close proximity to the lake. This provides many with a great view and adds to the fantastic atmosphere of the restaurant. During both occasions the staff we’re super friendly, and the food was wonderful. 

I know many see Nando’s as somewhat of an ‘overhype’ however I really love the refillable drinks, service style and rewards programme. 

TGI Friday’s

It’s no secret that I love, love, love the USA. One of my favourite places to visit is TGI Friday’s and so as a special treat on, well, a Friday. We decided to head into TGI’s.

Known for their American sized meals, amazing cocktails and overzealous customer service I wasn’t left dissapointed.

However, it’s worth noting that we did have to wait 30 minutes for a table (clearly this is one of, if not the most popular restaurant in Resort World on a weekend) and the food isn’t as cheap as you can find it at some of the alternative restaurants both within this article and Resort World, Birmingham.

Pizza Express

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Where do we even begin?

The whole family decided to eat at Pizza Express due to their fantastic offer promoted outside the restaurant. Have you ever seen an offer on a board outside and then got in and not managed to see it on the menu? confused? The last thing you really want to do is walk back and check it was right… Yet that’s what we had to do, in fact we had to ask for a separate menu especially for this offer shown outside. 

In itself this probably isn’t a big deal. However, here’s where the whole experience just gets uncomfortably awkward. You see although the restaurant wasn’t all that busy they’d squashed us in the corner next to this other family near the kitchen.

If you’ve been into Pizza Express before you’ll know they pride themselves on a rather open-plan kitchen. However, this all began to backfire as the staff began arguing between themselves in front of the entire restaurant. This concluded with one of the chefs punching his knife into the chopping board.

So, while this was the cheapest of the three places to eat, and the food was delicious the whole experience was what I can only conclude as one of a kind.


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