Fat Mark of Bromsgrove


Why Fat Mark of Bromsgrove?  Well, I moved to Bromsgrove in 1991.  It was a purely logical choice at the time with my family and friends in Birmingham and my work in Worcester.  Since moving to Bromsgrove I have come to really like the place.  I can't fully explain it.  It just seems to be the right size for a start.  You're not lost in the urban sprawl of a big city and you're also don't feel like everyone knows your business, as you would in a small village.  Its sense of history also appeals to someone of my tastes and I enjoy nothing more than a stroll up the High Street on a Saturday afternoon.

With my increasing level in contentment and the onset of my thirties came an expanding wasteline.  As I discovered the delights of many of the town's pubs and curry houses this growth continued.  From an overly slim 11st 7lbs in 1991 I grew to more rotund 15st+ by 2001.  And thus I became Fat Mark of Bromsgrove...

I'm lucky enough to have met and married a lovely local girl who I now share a home with on the north side of townClaire was born and bred in Bromsgrove, educated at local schools and is able to walk to her job in the town.  She sometimes finds it hard to understand why I should have such an affinity for the place that she just sees as home.

Within these pages I hope you find something of interest or something to entertain.  In the true sad, spirit of homepages there is alot of me here.  If you find it boring then please feel free to leave.  If you find it interesing or useful then drop me an e-mail.  I'd like to hear from you.

You wait 17 years for an Italian and then...

Back in December 2007 I was excited about the prospect of a Prezzo opening in the old Baylis shop on the High Street.  This excitement evaporated as the project seemed to stall before it started!  Eventually, things started happening mid-2008 and the restaurant finally opened mid-August.  To say it's been a big success would be an understatement as it's constantly busy and booking is definitely recommended!  Claire and I paid a visit in September 2008 and enjoyed it.

But what was happening over the road!?  25 High Street (the old Yorkshire Bank premises) had received planning permission for restaurant use and work started.  What could be coming to town now…?  The answer came in September when posters for Pizza Express appeared!  This eaterie opened early November 2008 and I paid a visit with some friends on November 12.  It was still finding its feet a bit but the overall feeling was a big 'thumbs up'.

So, can Bromsgrove support two pizza & pasta restaurants almost opposite each other?  Initial impressions are that it can as both are still busy.  The fact they have a different feel with Prezzo being upmarket and stylish while Pizza Express is more trendy and lively should help.  Also, the Prezzo menu is more pasta based while Pizza Express (obviously!) has a menu favouring pizza so the competition isn't quite as obvious as it looks.  Personally I think having places like this on the High Street is a boon to the town and I wish them both great success!

What's here?

Guide to Bromsgrove
Bromsgrove Pubs (Updated Dec '15)
Bromsgrove Balti Guide
Balti Cuisine - R.I.P.
Cider Makes Yer Belly Wider!
The Local Rag
Bromsgrove Markets
Mad Max
Bromsgrove Gripes

Last updated Thursday 10 Dec 2015

Mail me if you've nothing better to do...