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We bring you 5 hidden gem Birmingham restaurants, including two vegan ones, so that you can go off the beaten path with confidence.

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! This list of Birmingham restaurants has been compiled by our Birmingham-based team with their fingers very firmly on the pulse!

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.

The Purecraft Scotch Egg, the ideal light bite.
The Purecraft Scotch Egg, the ideal light bite.

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.

Roof terrace at The Button Factory restaurant in Birmingham
Catch up al fresco on the outdoor terrace at The Button Factory

3) 40 St Paul’s

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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.)

A 40 St Pauls cocktail served on slate with charcuterie.
Experience a creative drinks menu in beautiful surroundings at 40 St Pauls

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.

The beautiful vegan thai curry from The Warehouse Cafe in Birmingham
The Warehouse Cafe’s vegan thai curry is a must try dish.

5) Land

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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.

Vegan dish from Land Restaurant in the Great Western Arcade, Birmingham City Centre
The beautiful presentation you can expect from Land Restaurant in the Great Western Arcade

Why not make a night of it?

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