Just why is Moseley so great?

Why Moseley? In a recent list of Britain’s top 50 urban districts compiled by the Sunday Times, Brummies were pleasantly surprised to find that Moseley took the gold. Surrounded by Kings Heath, Edgbaston and Harborne just what is it about Moseley that really sets it apart locally and now nationally? Moseley Village has withstood the grasping hands of high street chains and boasts a thriving independent collection of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, many of which have been recognised with nationwide exposure. French cafe Maison Mayci were runners up in ITV’s ‘Britain’s Best Bakery’ whilst Carters of Moseley were voted Good Food Guide's Restaurant of the Year 2015. These however are simply the jewels in the crown, with a raft of other splendid independents all deserved of attention. The beautifully Middle Eastern stylings of Damascena arrived only recently to the village, whereas Java Lounge serving exquisite coffee and with a little-known basement floor recently celebrated their 10th anniversary. After something a bit stiffer? A plethora of bars are at your disposal, all with their own vibe and offering. The Prince of Wales boasts a covered beer garden that comes alive in the summer, as well as a cigar hut, wine shed and cocktail bar. The Dark Horse — another recent addition — boasts in-house smokers for meat lovers and holds the latest opening times for night owls. The last 50 years have seen Birmingham transformed from an industrial behemoth to being recognised as remarkably green. Moseley is no exception with both Canon Hill Park and Highbury Park within walking distance. Furthermore, one of Moseley’s best kept secrets is the Private Park. Situated just behind the main village, it is a gated space that hosts the annual Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival and the Mostly Folk Festival. With annual membership available or if you just want a day pass, a stroll round the lake and you’ll quickly forget you aren’t in the countryside. Speaking of events, Moseley Farmers’ Market occurs on the last Saturday of every month in the centre of Moseley Village and with nearly 60 stalls it makes for a wonderful day out. Coinciding with the Farmers’ Market is MoseleyArts Market where you'll find a range of original artworks, crafts, and jewellery, with everything made by stall holders — no imports allowed! With so much going on Moseley very much deserves its recognition, with an unrivalled community spirit and sense of ownership of the village, it’s no wonder Moseley is firmly on the map.