10 Best Restaurants in Birmingham

As the UK’s second-largest city, Birmingham is a melting pot of culture and nationalities. There are many fun sides of this thriving city, whether you’re exploring the canals, looking for a traditional pub or seeking a new dining experience, there is a wealth of opportunities. So, this article helps you to find out the top 10 restaurants in Birmingham.

  1. The Lord Clifden

With one of the best beer gardens in the city centre, seasonal outdoor barbecues, table football and ping-pong , the Lord Clifden is a perfect venue in which to enjoy some highly acclaimed traditional pub food. Dishes are copious and feature English breakfasts, Clifden’s own burgers, Sunday roasts and ‘sarnies’ with a variety of fillings. Beer enthusiasts are well served, as this is one of only two pubs in the city to stock Budvar Yeast. Located in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, the Lord Clifden also hosts a fine collection of urban street art, including works by Banksy, D*Face, Nick Walker, Blek, Obey, Faile and Army Lion.

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The Lord Clifden

  2. Simpsons

On the outskirts of genteel Edgbaston, Simpsons is an expansive restaurant housed in the luxurious surroundings of a Grade II listed building. Owned by Andreas Antona, a Michelin-starred Chef who has been cooking with his Greek-Cypriot family since childhood, the menu’s dishes use fresh ingredients selected daily. Along with its vegetarian menu, the restaurant is happy to cater to dietary requirements.  Antona has a full staff at his command, including Executive Chef Luke Tipping, to ensure diners are granted a fantastic culinary experience. Diners can extend the experience by staying overnight in one of Simpsons’ beautiful bedrooms or taking a class at its cookery school.

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Simpsons Restaurant

  3. Carib Grill

The Carib Grill is a small, vibrant Caribbean restaurant located in the centre of the trendy suburb of Moseley. Specialising in authentic home-style cooking from the West Indies, the menu is bursting with Caribbean treats. Look out for Jamaica’s national dish, ackee and saltfish (a combination of tropical fruit and salt cod), spicy marinated jerk chicken, flying fish and a wide selection of other mouthwatering West Indian dishes. Rum is unsurprisingly omnipresent among the desserts, which include decadent bananas flambéed in rum cinnamon syrup or the traditional rum baba. The colourful walls of the Carib Grill are covered in the various flags from the Caribbean islands and, of course, paintings depicting tropical cricket scenes.

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Carib Gril

  4. Annexe

Annexe is Birmingham’s default answer for delicious French and Italian food in a chilled setting. Mixing up the best of Western Europe’s culinary traditions, Birmingham-born chef Suzanne Russell creates a pan-European, contemporary, cosmopolitan and, most importantly, mouthwateringly good dining experience right here in the West Midlands.. The theme of Annexe revolves around vintage cafe society. So, it is worth checking out the restaurant’s show nights to get a real feel of the ambience of the golden age of the Moulin Rouge or Ronnie Scott while savouring the contemporary flavours of one of Birmingham’s top restaurants.

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Annexe

  5. Asha’s

Asha’s in Birmingham is one of 10 renowned Indian restaurants in six countries of the world owned by food lover Asha. It is currently the only branch in the UK. With a strong philosophy that food should have a universal appeal, Asha’s menu focuses on contemporary food from Northwestern India using recipes based on home-style cooking, street food or recipes inspired from her friends or her travels. There are as many meat dishes as vegetarian and a great selection of very creative cocktails. Located in the business area of Birmingham’s city centre, with a luxurious, contemporary interior design, Asha’s opened in 2006 and has since had a long-standing place in the Michelin Guide.

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Asha’s Birmingham

 

  6. Carters of Moseley

Situated in Moseley in the South of Birmingham, Carters of Moseley is well worth a trip away from the centre to taste some of the finest contemporary British cuisine available. Owner and Chef Brad Carter is a native of Birmingham and takes pride in sourcing local products and creatively transforming them into light, modern dishes. The health-conscious will love Carter’s cuisine, which avoids butter and cream where possible and focuses on the natural flavors of fresh foods without the overuse of seasoning. Food is served all day, from high tea in the afternoon (Carters is on the Independent’s list of 50 best tea-rooms in the UK) to dinner in a simple, elegant setting by an attentive staff headed by a very welcoming maître d’.

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Carters of Moseley

  7. Ju Ju’s Cafe

One of Birmingham’s treasures, Ju Ju’s offers stellar views of the city’s canals, legacies of Birmingham’s now defunct industrial past. It is the ideal place to linger over an al fresco summer lunch or to enjoy a late waterside breakfast, going the ‘Full Monty’ with bacon, sausage, fried eggs, tomato, beans, mushrooms, hash browns and toast. Ju Ju’s Cafe sources its food locally where possible and uses free-range ingredients; the menu also offers a fine selection of alcoholic beverages. Whether you are looking for eggs Benedict or a swanky cocktail, Ju Ju’s is a cheerful option that is only a short walk from some of the major streets and theatres in the city, including the Symphony Hall.

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Ju Ju’s Cafe

   8. The Karczma

To enjoy a taste of Poland, look no further than The Karczma. A stone’s throw from the famous Bull Ring shopping centre and Moor Street station, The Karczma is located in Birmingham’s Polish centre and is worlds apart from any other restaurant in the city. Food-wise, the menu features a wide selection of authentic Polish fare all home-cooked by the owner’s wife. The waiting staff is only too happy to decode the recipes, ranging from barszcz (beetroot soup) to zurek (pickled rye flour soup served in a hollowed bread roll-bowl) or pierogi (stuffed dumplings). The restaurant’s interior is equally homely, resembling an old rustic Polish cottage complete with thatched ceilings, wooden beams and benches, sheep fleeces and a raft of Polish knick-knacks.

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The Karczma

  9. The Lost and Found

Around the corner from Birmingham’s cathedral, The Lost and Found is a Grade II listed Botanical Institute built in 1869, where botanist Professor Hettie G. Watson used to store the different species she collected during her travels abroad. The Lost and Found has maintained the Victorian botanical concept. Birdcages, butterfly collections, flower samples in glass jars, an aviary and a host of treasures salvaged from the building’s botanical past adorning every nook and cranny of the premises. Diners can choose to eat in the Botanical Garden, the Botanical Library, the Boardroom or the Dining Room. You will not be disappointed by the choice of traditional British dishes ranging from full English breakfast to ‘beer-battered’ fish and chips, Sunday roast with all the trimmings or a good old-fashioned spotted dick pudding.

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The Lost and Found

  10. Purnell’s

From the outside, Purnell’s is a traditional redbrick and terracotta building, but on entering, diners will find a sumptuous, chic, contemporary interior design. The establishment was created by Michelin-starred Chef Glynn Purnell, dubbed the ‘Yummy Brummie’ by Olive Magazine. Purnell’s outre cooking style has gained much attention; his ‘Brummie tapas’, which you can sample at Purnell’s, is an example of his innovative, creative and food-focused approach to great food. The restaurant also features a diners-only bar, where guests can enjoy fanciful cocktails or coffees, while at their tables diners can enjoy Purnell’s creative treats such as monkfish masala, Balmoral venison and rhubarb with a burnt English custard egg surprise.

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Purnell’s 

Featured Image Courtesy: Kristen Penoyer

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