Every year, the very best restaurants in the UK are tracked down by The Good Food Guide. The guide’s roving team of inspectors dine anonymously and pay their bills in full, so you can rely on their recommendations. We’re pleased to say that eleven Birmingham restaurants made it into the guide for 2020. Here they are in alphabetical order.
Adam’s was included in The Good Guide’s prestigious Top 50 UK Best Restaurants: “The food here is presented with a light touch and Stokes enjoys layering dishes with contrasts of texture and nuances of flavour…”
We say: One of the four Michelin-starred restaurants in Birmingham, so Adam’s is hard to beat. Read our Michelin in Birmingham guide here.
View the Adam’s Menu here.
Location: New Oxford House, 16 Waterloo Street, Birmingham, B2 5UG (7-mins walk from Rotunda)
2) Carters of Moseley
Good Food Guide: “a hotbed of dynamically creative contemporary cooking based on sustainably sourced materials, rare breed meats, foraged plants and a keen historical sense of our culinary culture…”
We say: One of four Michelin-starred restaurants in Birmingham and worth the trip out of town.
View the Carters of Moseley menu here.
Location: 2C Wake Green Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 9EZ (16-mins drive from Rotunda)
Good Food Guide: “..Tesh’s food is firmly in the vein of natural and wild flavours with plenty of Japanese-inspired umami.”
We say: One of our favourite recent Birmingham-restaurant scene arrivals and pleasingly different.
View the Folium menu here.
Location: 8 Caroline Street, Birmingham, B3 1TW (18-mins walk from Rotunda)
4) Harborne Kitchen
Good Food Guide: “He (chef Jamie Desogus) characterises his approach as ‘playful’ and the lightness of tone is enhanced by a willingness to offer contemporary cooking at something less than the stratospheric prices demanded elsewhere.”
We say: Worth a trip to the suburb of Harborne with its villagey atmosphere.
View the Harborne Kitchen menu here.
Location: 175-179 High Street, Harborne, Birmingham, B17 9QE (20-mins drive from Rotunda)
Good Food Guide: “..contemporary Indian cusine – a clever blend of traditional ideas, regional recipes and influences from Western kitchens…”
We say: Outstanding Indian food and, in a city that is famed for its Indian cuisine, the bar is set very high.
View the Lasan menu here.
Location: 3-4 Dakota Buildings, James Street, Birmingham, B3 1SD (16-mins walk from Rotunda)
6) Opheem *New Entry for 2020*
Good Food Guide: “A regional approach to Indian food presented vogueishly on piles of stone and hay is what Opheem is all about…”
We say: We’re yet to visit, but Opheem is definitely on our to-do list. In addition to making it into the Good Food Guide, it has been awarded its first Michelin star for 2020.
View the Opheem menu here.
Location: 48 Summer Row, Birmingham, B3 1JJ (14-mins walk from Rotunda)
Good Food Guide: “..modern British brasserie with just the right take on seasonality.”
We say: A long-standing Staying Cool favourite with an admirable approach to sourcing and seasonality.
View the Opus menu here.
Location: 54 Cornwall Street, Birmingham B3 2DE (10-mins walk from Rotunda)
8) The Oyster Club *New Entry for 2020*
Good Food Guide: “Focusing almost solely on seafood, the restaurant also offers nibbles and small plates to have with drinks…”
We say: Another great addition to the Birmingham restaurant scene from the team at Adam’s. Stylish and seafood a-go-go!
View The Oyster Club menu here.
Location: 43 Temple Street, Birmingham, B2 5DP (5-mins walk from Rotunda)
Good Food Guide: “..the food…retains a commitment to restless experimentation and development rather than relying on old favourites.”
We say: Glynn Purnell can do no wrong as far as we are concerned! Also one of the five Michelin-starred restaurants in Birmingham
View the Purnell’s menu here.
Location: 55 Cornwall Street, Birmingham, B3 2DH (10-mins walk from Rotunda)
10) Purnell’s Bistro
Good Food Guide: “Here, on-trend modern brasserie dishes keep diners returning…”
We say: One of our favourite spots to eat (and the cocktails at Ginger’s are excellent!).
View the Purnell’s Bistro menu here.
Location: 11 Newhall Street, Birmingham, B3 3NY (8-mins walk from Rotunda)
Good Food Guide: “Luke Tipping oversees fiercely seasonal menus with plenty of attention-grabbing ideas.”
We say: An out-of-down destination that is perfect for special occasions. One of the four Michelin-starred restaurants in Birmingham
View the Simpsons menu here.
Location: 20 Highfield Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3DU (11-mins drive from Rotunda)
The Good Food Guide
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Where to stay in Birmingham
Our serviced apartments are in an excellent location to enjoy Birmingham’s stellar restaurant scene. Most of the Birmingham restaurants above are within easy walking distance of our apartments, which range from 5* two-bed penthouses to 4* studios. Our guest relations team offer a concierge service and are always happy to give personal recommendations. Just let us know what kind of place you’re looking for.