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We’ve all done it – drawn like a moth to the flame of a brand-name restaurant that could be anywhere in the UK. However, it would be a great shame to visit Birmingham and miss out on the best places to eat by playing too safe. After all, we’ve been placed in the top three foodie destinations in the UK! We bring you 5 hidden gem Birmingham restaurants, so that you can go off the beaten path with confidence.

1) Purecraft Bar and Kitchen

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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

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You’ll find The Button Factory – with its heritage building and pared down interior – tucked away on the corner of Frederick Street and Regents Street in the Jewellery Quarter. The Button Factory also has a very popular roof garden. It’s a good choice for a celebratory meal plus cocktails with friends. and offers Bottomless Brunch from noon until 5pm on Saturdays.

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.

Birmingham restaurants roof terrace at The Button Factory
Image courtesy of The Button Factory

3) Opus

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Opus – on Cornwall Street a short walk from St Philip’s Cathedral – offers fine dining and class without stuffiness. We’re long-term fans of this Birmingham restaurant and the team’s commitment to sourcing top-quality ingredients. Opus is worth a visit any time of the year, but their Source Dinners where they invite the farmers, fishermen and winemakers they work with to the restaurant are a treat for any foodie.

Opus currently offers two courses at lunch and dinner for £32.50. A typical menu would be a starter of leek and haddock fishcake with poached egg and butter sauce, followed by grilled Jimmy Butler’s pork cutlet with colcannon mash, baby leeks, apples and crispy pork.  A lighter lunch menu is also available from £9.95.

Don’t miss Opus’s seasonal offers on delights such as lobster and oysters!

Birmingham restaurants Opus table setting with lamp
Image courtesy of Opus restaurant

4) The Warehouse Café

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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.

5) The Edwardian Tearooms

An absolute pearl of a place! You’ll find the ETR inside the wonderful old building that houses BMAG (Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery). It’s well signposted once you’re inside and there’s no entrance fee to BMAG. Last orders for food are at 4pm, but BMAG regularly holds events here combining culture with food. During the day you can enjoy everything from a ‘posh’ fish finger sandwich at £6.50 to a champagne afternoon tea at £23.50. A great place for brunch and Sunday lunch too.

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Image courtesy of BMAG

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