We bring you 5 hidden gem Birmingham restaurants, including two vegan ones, so that you can go off the beaten path with confidence.
1) Purecraft Bar and Kitchen
Purecraft is a great place for beer that also serves delicious food. You’ll find it at 30 Waterloo Street in Birmingham’s business district. Purecraft sources local suppliers where possible and works with the likes of Aubrey Allan, Mr Moyden Cheese and Forrest Pig. The place has a great atmosphere and the food is more gastro pub than fine dining (not a criticism).
A typical dish is grilled mackerel, heritage toms, shallots and basil. Each dish has a suggested beer with it on the menu. Small plates, bar snacks and desserts are also available.
2) The Button Factory
You’ll find The Button Factory – with its heritage building and
An English oak and charcoal grill is the Button Factory’s food USP. A typical dish is spring chicken, rose harissa & preserved lemon served with fries & gem, shallot & radish salad.
3) 40 St Paul’s
For a Prohibition-era, speakeasy-type bar with a classy, contemporary feel, head for 40 St Paul’s in the Jewellery Quarter. Intimate and relaxed, offering 140 gins, 40 St Paul’s was named best gin bar in the world (that’s the BEST. IN. THE. WORLD, folks) in 2019.
Book yourself a Gin Tasting session and enjoy a whirlwind tour of the history of gin with a tutored tasting of 10 different gins with tonic that explore the breadth of flavour available in the gin market right now.
Or how about a night of Gin, Cheese, & Chocolate – surely everyone’s favourite things? The 40 St Paul’s experts pair five gins with award-winning cheeses and hand-made chocolate truffles. Heaven, right?
(Booking essential. Minimum numbers for themed events.)
4) The Warehouse Café
A really unique Birmingham restaurant. The Warehouse Cafe justifiably won Best Vegetarian Restaurant in the 2017 Midlands Food Drink and Hospitality Awards.
You’ll find it on Digbeth’s Allison Street (54-57) in a characterful, faded old building. It’s based in a converted warehouse (as you may have guessed from the name), but on the first floor above Friends of the Earth. The Warehouse Café is not glitzy and doesn’t pretend to be, but it has a huge commitment to producing great food combined with green values. It is now fully-licensed with vegan beers and wines on offer. The food gets consistently rave reviews, so give it a try whether you are veggie or not.
A typical main from the current Warehouse Café menu is green Thai curry served with lime jasmine rice and nam prik pao.
Staying in Great Western Arcade, you’ll find one of the best vegan restaurants in the country, let alone best restaurant in Birmingham. Raved about by Guardian food critic Jay Rayner, Land Restaurant has recently moved to a new location, still in lovely GWA.
Opening in 2019, Land was created with plant-focused, seasonal dining at its core. Using only fresh seasonal produce, dishes are inspired by flavours from around the globe.A new attraction for visitors to Land’s new Great Western Arcade location is the chef’s table, at which diners can ask questions of chefs and owners and find out more about their culinary inspirations.
Why not make a night of it?
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