Birmingham is a city that doesn’t tend to shout about itself, but these days it’s hard not to. With incredible restaurants, a booming street food scene and arguably the best food outside London, here are the answers to all your questions on food and drink in England’s second city.
You’ll find some of the best restaurants in Birmingham in every neighbourhood – from Brown’s Green to Balsall Heath and beyond. Five exclusive restaurants in Birmingham get a mention in the Michelin Guide – and these three top choices are among the highest rated by Groupon customers:
The best way to get to the best craft beer in Birmingham is probably to go direct to the source: sign up for a brewery tour and a tipple afterwards. Dig Brew Co; Burning Soul and Birmingham Brewing are some of the indie breweries that are leading Birmingham’s food and drink scene. Each of these quirky indie chains offers brewery tours rounded off with a refreshing pint of the sweetest nectar.
The Balti dates back to the 1970s and is still served across the amazing Indian restaurants of the Balti Triangle – although its exact origins are somewhat disputed.
To be an authentic Balti, a curry must be served in the same thin steel bowl it is cooked in over a hot flame. While the exact facts of the dish’s origins in Birmingham are up for grabs, its Brummie provenance is largely settled and it remains the Midlands’ most iconic dish.
It’s thought that the dish was originally cooked in Baltistan, in northern Pakistan, making its way to the UK in the 1970s.
While Birmingham’s Michelin-starred haunts are well-known and well-loved, the heart and soul of Birmingham’s food scene is its more accessible grub. Great cheap eats abound in the second city – here are some of the best affordable food and drink experiences the city serves up:
Like many trends, the UK street food traders taking inspiration from America first appeared in London but we’re increasingly seeing more and more in Manchester too. Popular markets in Stockport and Levenshulme have stalls offering a wide range of street food across a variety of different cuisines.
We love gin, and have a collection of wonderful bottles at home but we also love a trip into town for a few G&Ts and sometimes something a little more exquisite so here’s our top choices for gin in Glasgow. Gin 71 With a choice of gin so large that it has its own wall, this Salon du thé becomes a gin palace at night. The interior is beautiful, so
5 Top Places to Eat and Drink in Tooting Zone 3 Tooting is easily accessible via the northern line with the majority of eating and drinking establishments centred around the two tube stations, bec and broadway. Over recent years choices of venues has grown and grown, with more people moving there as high rents in Clapham and Balham make them it