Birmingham is a city famous for its food, particularly since the emergence of the Balti as a feature of British cuisine. Whilst the city may specialise in Indian food, there has been a rise in the number of traditional British restaurants in the city, meaning that you can find a delicious meal- whatever your budget.
For the more upmarket diner, restaurants such as Bistro or Purnell’s are both recommended by the Michelin guide. Both are located within a short walk of Birmingham’s Snow Hill station, in the very centre of the city. For more gourmet food, Asha’s and Opus are also within the same B3 postcode and offer a mix of traditional food with a more indulgent twist. All of these restaurants regularly place highly in any city restaurant guide and are all located close to the city’s financial centre, giving an indication of price.
Within the greater Birmingham area there are a number of quality pubs that serve good pub food. If you have access to a car, or don’t mind using the train, then there is a whole world of quiet country pubs that are perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of the city centre. The Punchbowl and the Boot are both located in South Birmingham, as is local favourite the Orange Tree. To the north of the city, in Tamworth, is the Moat House, which not only has great atmosphere, but is also one of the only pubs in the area to come with a Michelin recommendation.
Of course, you can't discuss cuisine in Birmingham without mentioning Indian food. Ladypool Road in the centre of the city is famous for all of its curry houses. Shabab restaurant on Ladypool Road is regarded as the best on the street, despite the high competition, and is well worth a visit. A little further out, Akram’s Kashmiri is well-known for its fusion cuisine, and the high standards it brings to its curries. These two curry houses regularly finish in the top two of any city restaurant guide.
If you are looking to eat out in Birmingham, then many Birmingham hotels will be able to advise you on good restaurants in the area. With the standard of food increasing throughout the city, it is becoming less and less likely that you will dine somewhere bad. Often the best tactic is to just follow your nose until stumble upon some place great.
Fiona Roy writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.