Exploring a new city
We understand navigating a new city can be overwhelming at times, so we’ve pulled together some information on our favourite places for food and drink in Birmingham. We strongly advise you to check each venue’s website ahead of going and to book in view of the current dining out rules.
In this section you will find:
Our favourite places to eat and drink in Birmingham
Here are a few of our favourite venues for dining out in Birmingham. We try out every venue ourselves before we recommend them and – unlike some hotels – we’re not on commission!
The Wilderness (re-opening September)
Fine dining with a twist!
Alex Claridge and his team serve up locally sourced gastronomic delights with story.
Booking ahead essential.
Dishoom pays homage to the Irani cafés and the food of Bombay.
A favourite of the Staying Cool team, Dishoom run an all day service from breakfast through to dinner, we’d recommend a visit whether it be for an Irani twist on a bacon sarnie for your breakfast meeting or an evening banquet with friends.
The Warehouse Cafe
This vegetarian restaurant is nestled on the first-floor of a converted warehouse.
The menu is a blend of British comfort food at its best and contemporary international flavours. Even carnivores will leave happy.
Loki is both a wine merchant and tasting house. With a range of over 600 wines from boutique and rare producers to drink in or take away. They also have over 40 wines to try by-the-glass too.
The wine lounge provides an area to chill out and enjoy meat and cheese platters.
Delicious Italian small plates and a lively bar serving wine and cocktails too.
The service can be a little over the top but we’re still fans of this modern Italian with a twist.
Contemporary fine-dining restaurant serving fresh British produce cooked to a consistently high standard. We especially love their regular Source evenings featuring their favourite producers.
Brunch in Brum
Here are our recommended Brummie brunching spots that you may want to check out during your travels, Whether you’re after something healthy, hearty or hardcore.
Something Special: Medicine Bakery+Kitchen
A short stroll up New Street from our front door, you’ll find Medicine. A fantastic bakery and gallery space with live events and exhibitions throughout the year.
They have a great selection of pastries, cronuts and cruffins, a staff favourite, as well as an all day brunch menu.
A Local Favourite: York’s Cafe
Located less than 5 minutes walk from Rotunda, York’s Cafe is a popular brunching spot with city centre business people.
Their award winning brunch menu is served until 4pm every day.
On the doorstep: Bill’s Bullring
Although it is part of a chain, Bill’s is just a minute’s walk from Rotunda and is definitely worth considering if you’re looking to brunch in a hurry.
Cocktails in the city
Are cocktails your idea of heaven? Here at Staying Cool, we’ve carried out extensive research to find you the best spots in town for a pre-dinner “prink” or a post-dinner tipple. Here are three of our favourites.
Bourne & Co. (Temporarily Closed)
Bourne & Co. is a late-night, NYC Prohibition style cocktail hideaway located just a stone’s throw away from Rotunda.
The team really know their stuff, so kick back and enjoy the laid back vibe.
40 St Pauls (Temporarily Closed)
Voted the World’s Best Gin Bar 2019, this quaint 24 seat venue is located on hip St Paul’s Square in the Jewellery Quarter.
With over 140+ gins, a fabulous cocktail selection plus wines and beers. We consider this a must visit venue when exploring the city.
Of course, you can always dine in the comfort of your own apartment at Rotunda. Check out our Dining In section.
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