We’re proud to be Brummies, and we think that Birmingham has a lot to offer for foodies and casual diners alike. We thought we’d take the time to highlight and present some of our favourite parts of the Birmingham food community.
- Unique & Independent
With a whole city-centre loaded full of tasty spots for both high-end and affordable dining, Birmingham’s got a whole heap of great independent eateries ranging from it’s city centre and beyond. With the help of Independent Birmingham our city has grown a supportive community of self-standing spots, with a bunch of lovely Brummies who love to support their local.
- The Jewellery Quarter
We couldn’t make a list like this without mentioning our own place of residence. The JQ’s got some fantastic places to eat & drink, including pub grub spots such as the Rose Villa Tavern & Red Lion, fine dining from Carat Bistro and Cappadocia, and dining experiences like Ocho and the Button Factory. We really have got a bit of everything here in the JQ. You can read more about the JQ’s best spots here.
- New New New!
If there’s one thing that’s true about Birmingham, it’s that it’s always growing. Our city’s constantly under construction and permanently improving. This means there’s always a new restaurant or bar right around the corner. We’re only a year-old ourselves, and in that time we’ve seen a boat-load of new and exciting spots pop-up around Brum. Our picks outside of the JQ are Opheem and the Juke!
We love the JQ but we have to say, our edgy little brother Digbeth has got some seriously good food spots. From brunchin’ in the Kanteen, lunchin’ in the award-winning Baked in Brick or Drake-lauded Original Patty Men, our loungin’ in everyone’s favourite pub, The Old Crown, Digbeth’s food scene has a lot of character. And we love it.
- Street Food
It’s all the rage right now and Birmingham does not disappoint in the street food department. From dirty burgers and loaded fries, to elegant curries and exotic dishes, we’ve got a street-food answer for everything. Of course we couldn’t talk about street food in Brum without mentioning the phenomenal Digbeth Dining Club, which puts on a whole host of food traders, music and drinks all night long, four days a week. Apocalypse Cow deserves a mention too, operating out of Ghetto Golf to serve up BBQ street food, burgers & fries and Habeneròs is a tasty option for Mexican food on the go.
- Balti Triangle
We couldn’t talk about the Birmingham food scene without mentioning the Balti Triangle. Our internationally renowned dish & district, the Balti is synonymous with Birmingham cuisine. Away from the city centre, the Balti triangle has a smattering of authentic, family-ran restaurants and provides a welcome and delicious variant experience to dining in the city centre. Popular restaurants Shabab’s and Al Frash are noteworthy within the region.
- Chinese Quarter
We love the diversity of our food scene, and nowhere is that more present than the Chinese Quarter. With a whole host of traditional Asian restaurants, Brum’s got more than its fair share of delicious East Asian cuisine, with Korean and (Topokki) Japanese (Kyoto) food also being housed within the quarter alongside traditional Chinese restaurant Chung Ying Garden and local favourite all-you-can-eat-buffet, Ming Moon.
- Four Michelin star restaurants
With four Michelin star restaurants (the most of any U.K city aside from London), Birmingham has an impressive repertoire for the finer side of dining. With Adams in Waterloo Street, Purnell’s in Cornwall Street, Simpsons in Edgbaston and Carters of Moseley all holding Michelin stars, there’s a series of elite dining experiences in the city, with Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse and Restaurant Folium achieving similar levels of notoriety.
- There’s so much!
There’s just so much to try! It’s crazy how many fantastic restaurants there are in Birmingham, not even considering our surrounding neighbours. Marketing Birmingham said there were more than 200 restaurants in the city, contributing £442m to the city’s economy and employing an estimated 25,000 people, now that’s some serious stats!
By far the most impressive part of the Brummie Foodie community is the sheer diversity of it. From our home here in the JQ, down to Digbeth, the city centre, Kings Heath & Moseley, Harborne and beyond, we’ve a ridiculous amount of spots to feast upon, with all manner of varying ethnic cuisines to delve into and explore. We’re proud to to be part of such a brilliant network of people.