Restaurants in Birmingham: things to know before you go
Birmingham is best known in foodie circles for its great curry restaurants thanks to its famous Balti dish. But Britain’s second city has loads more to offer food lovers, boasting everything from street food to fine dining. Here’s everything you need to know.
What is the best restaurant in Birmingham?
Whether you’re looking for posh nosh or just a really well cooked (but not necessarily well done!) steak, this is a city that has tons of choices for you. The best restaurants in Birmingham are at your fingertips from steak houses to Indian restaurants. Here are some of the Groupon community’s favourites:
- The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill Birmingham. Of course, with a famous name attached you know it’s going to be good. But don’t assume that Marco Pierre White’s name being above the door carries it, though. Simple, perfectly-cooked British dishes are served with European flair.
- Purnell's Bistro. The brainchild of Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell. Just around the corner from his flagship restaurant in The Cube, it’s a more approachable spot serving hearty but precision-prepared British food in a lively atmosphere. Bonus points for also hosting one of Birmingham’s great bars : Ginger’s.
- The Tap and Spile . Providing straightforward pub grub, this charming eatery has a prime spot along the canal that lends it a nice, gentle calm. It was refurbished not too long ago, but it dates back to 1821 and retains a lot of that old charm.
What is the best authentic Indian restaurant in Birmingham?
Birmingham is home to the Balti and in 2014 the dish was awarded protected status as a regional delicacy. It’s a big legacy, and one that the city’s curry houses take great pride in. Here are three restaurants staking their claim to that legacy:
- Priya is a proper curry house with a classic – if rather glitzy – eastern vibe. A great choice if you’re particular about spice levels, as they’ll cater to your taste.
- Badshah Palace Restaurant aims to tie European history with Indian cuisine. Being in a Grade II listed art deco building certainly helps, as does the broad range of regional dishes on offer.
- Purplerooms scores a near-perfect 4.9 stars with Groupon users, serving the south of Birmingham from its homely Hall Green location.
How many restaurants are there in Birmingham?
It’s hard to narrow the number down exclusively to restaurants, but there are over 1,500 places to eat in Birmingham. That number comes from the Food Standards Agency, and includes 1,662 restaurants, cafes and canteens.
Among these top rated restaurants, you’ll find some of the best places to grab a meal after a shopping trip in Birmingham city centre – as well as the best Indian restaurants and steakhouses to treat the family one evening.
What are the best places for lunch in Birmingham city centre?
A pre-packed sandwich is a poor substitute for a proper lunch when you’re in the city. Especially when Birmingham can sort you out with everything from proper pasta to high tea. Whether you’re in the Bullring and Grand Central or the Jewellery Quarter, there’s a great lunch spot nearby with some of the top restaurants in Birmingham here:
- La Vera was named as one the Guardian’s 10 best budget restaurants in Birmingham, and with pasta starting around the £6 mark, you really can’t go wrong.
- The Victorian Restaurant does a great afternoon tea in vintage 19th century surroundings. It’s not the cheapest, but keeping an eye on Groupon’s restaurant vouchers in Birmingham will certainly help.
- With sunny Mediterranean vibes, extremely snackable tapas and outdoor seating on warm days, Pincho’s is a great casual lunch spot that can probably get in and out of on your lunch break if you time it right.