The Warwickshire and Birmingham dining-out scene has always been renowned for its exceptional diversity and quality. Whether it’s a weekend in Stratford-upon-Avon soaking up a staple of British literary history, a day of sword-clashing and shield-bashing at Warwick Castle, or simply some retail therapy in the Second City, you’re guaranteed to be wowed (and spoilt for choice!) when the time comes to refuel. Why not start with some of these top picks?
The Restaurant at Hew Hall
Dating back to the 12th century, New Hall Hotel is widely reputed to be the oldest inhabited moated manor house in England. Standing majestically in 26 acres of stunning grounds, this beautiful hotel has a long history of providing first-rate hospitality. The building has been sympathetically renovated and now offers a beguiling blend of grand medieval features and contemporary luxury. Whether you’re staying in one of New Hall’s elegant guest rooms, stopping by for a treatment in the gorgeous spa, or visiting for a superior four-course meal, your time here is guaranteed to be memorable.
This pretty village may seem unassuming, but it has a tale to tell that literature fans in particular will be interested in – Shakespeare’s parents were reportedly married in its church and are rumoured to have had their wedding breakfast at The King’s Head, which is just next door. This listed pub has lost none of its charm in the intervening years, and is still serving the people of Aston Cantlow well, with a menu of seasonal dishes, a bar well-stocked with quality wines, ales and whiskies, and homely surroundings featuring original oak beams and open fires.
Malt Shovel at Barston
Owing to the sound of convivial chatter and the aroma of gastronomic delights, The Malt Shovel at Barston has guests feeling good and their mouths watering before they’ve even been seated at their tables. Max and Helen and their team have created a truly special dining experience in this countryside foodie hideaway. Here, visitors take a seat in the comfortable, well-appointed restaurant while they peruse a tantalisingly tempting bill of fare in an atmosphere that is both intimate and vibrant.
This charming little eatery is one of a kind, earning a spot in the hearts of Birmingham-based coffee sippers and lunchers. Stop by for a bite to eat on your office lunch break, or perhaps come for brunch or a decidedly one of a kind afternoon tea, and allow Reem to take your tastebuds to the southern Mediterranean and Middle East, cooking for you as though you were a member of her family.
Eight years ago, sisters Sarah and Eleanor Anderton took their knack for sourcing quality, artisanal produce and their love of great food and drink and opened an eminently popular café and delicatessen, Simply Delicious. In the years since, Simply Delicious has established itself as a fantastic foodie retreat where guests can relax and take time out of their day to enjoy dishes from the expertly crafted and seasonally changing breakfast, lunch and drinks menus. Think eggs Benedict, open sandwiches, soups, fresh pasta and panini, all of which are prepared with the same carefully selected produce that you’ll find sold in the delicatessen.
Throughout the years, Bar Estilo has gone from strength-to-strength and has proven itself to be a continually popular, dynamic and vibrant venue for both lunch and dinner alike. There’s a wide selection of great value tapas dishes available, offering a fun and varied way to dine. A two-for-one tapas lunch deal was also on offer, presenting Bar Estilo as the perfect stop-off during a long shopping trip.
In central Birmingham, in The Mailbox sits a wonderful, bustling, authentic Mediterranean restaurant. The luxury of being canalside adds to the sense of occasion, and inside there is a celebratory, sociable ambience that lends itself well to everything from a night out with friends to a meal for two. We highly recommend the cocktails and the tapas in second to none.