Food & Drink in Birmingham

Explore the best places to eat in Birmingham, featuring street food, global cuisines, and Michelin-starred dining. Read on for top picks and hidden gems.

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By the Avanti Web Team

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3 min read | 22 May 2024

Birmingham is a food lover’s paradise, combining traditional flavours with creative, modern dishes. As you walk the city streets, the tempting scents and diverse cuisines invite you to enjoy a memorable culinary adventure.

The city is renowned for its variety. It offers offers multicultural restaurants, Michelin-starred dining and street food markets. Here’s our guide to exploring the best places to eat in Birmingham, from classic British meals to new and exciting dishes.

Find the best places to eat in Birmingham

Considered the birthplace of the famous Balti and home to an array of Michelin-starred restaurants, Birmingham has something for everyone.

Traditional British fare

Don't miss out on the classics. For a taste of Birmingham's history, traditional dishes like bangers and mash or fish and chips are a must. And for those with a sweet tooth, the indulgence of a sticky toffee pudding is irresistible.

  • The Balcony: The Balcony offers a refined dining experience with a menu that revisits and revitalises classic British dishes. Located in the heart of the city, it’s perfect for those looking for a more luxurious night out.
  • Old Contemptibles: Nestled in a beautifully preserved Edwardian building, Old Contemptibles serves traditional British pub fare. Oozing historical charm, it’s ideal for those seeking a taste of old Birmingham.

Veggies and vegans

Birmingham is a great choice for vegetarians and vegans, with a growing number of plant-based establishments. They serve dishes that are sure to captivate your tastebuds while using sustainable ingredients.

  • 1847 Birmingham: Named after the year the Vegetarian Society was formed, 1847 Birmingham is located in the city centre. It offers a creative vegetarian and vegan menu that changes with the seasons.
  • The Warehouse Cafe: Located in a converted warehouse, this award-winning cafe is one of Birmingham's first vegetarian restaurants. It offers an innovative menu that makes it a favourite among locals and visitors alike.
Street food market

With friends and family-friendly

Dining out with the family is a breeze in Birmingham, thanks to its many family-friendly restaurants and food markets. These places offer a relaxed atmosphere where everyone can find something they love.

  • Hockley Social Club: A casual yet quirky venue that combines elements of a bar, restaurant, coffee shop and entertainment hub all in one.
  • Sarehole Mill: This historic mill inspired J.R.R. Tolkien and now houses a delightful tea room. It's perfect for a family outing, offering both indoor and outdoor seating in a picturesque setting.
  • Bullring Open Market: The market features a wide range of food vendors offering dishes from around the world. It’s a great spot for families to sample different cuisines and enjoy a casual meal together.
Steaming hot food

Beers and cocktails

If you’re looking for a place to unwind with a drink, Birmingham has plenty to offer. Whether you’re interested in craft beers or artisan cocktails, the city has a variety of establishments ready to accommodate.

  • The Old Joint Stock: Housed in a grand Victorian building, this pub stands out with its impressive domed ceiling and theatre. The atmosphere is lively and its extensive craft beer and gin selection make it a memorable spot for a pint or two.
  • 40 St Paul's: A cocktail bar known for its intimate setting and creative gin cocktails. Tucked away in the Jewellery Quarter, this bar offers over 140 gins and carefully crafted cocktails. It is a must-visit for those who appreciate innovative drinks in a cosy environment.
  • Noel’s Bar and Restaurant: A bar and restaurant where you can enjoy a tipple with views of Birmingham’s famous canals. They also have outdoor seating directly next to the waterways, ideal for summer drinks with family and friends.
  • Orelle: 24 floors up at 103 Colmore Row. Enjoy finely crafted cocktails at the ground floor bar or head to the top for stunning 360 panoramic views across Birmingham.

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