These days it comes as no surprise that wining and dining in and around Warwickshire and Birmingham is pretty spectacular. The UK’s second city has a world of food to offer, with some of the best British and international cuisine in the country. There’s also an impressive five Michelin-starred restaurants in the city itself and several others just a short distance away.
No matter what you’re in the market for – be it a post-shopping lunch, an indulgent afternoon tea, first-rate silver service, or a venue to host a family shindig – Birmingham and the surrounding area is bursting with amazing eateries. With that in mind, here are a few of our top picks for the area.
The stately, Victorian Gothic grandeur and elegance of the beautiful Binswood Hall provides a breathtaking setting for dining at Whittle’s Restaurant. Inside, relaxed ambience meets sophisticated decor. Menus at Whittle’s are composed by head chef Luciano Catalinotto, whose dishes are a contemporary balance of fine European and relaxed, modern British gastronomy. Catalinotto works with trusted local suppliers to source produce for his world-class, regularly revised menu.
Afternoon tea at Whittle’s is an institution. Enjoy a traditional offering of a pot of tea, a selection of dainty finger sandwiches and homemade scones with strawberry preserve and clotted cream. This offering is completed by an exquisite assortment of cakes and pastries.
Marco Pierre White’s first English chophouse, located at the sumptuous Hotel La Tour, provides a contemporary twist on a great British tradition. This exciting restaurant concept has its origins in 18th-century London when chophouses were created for businessmen to conduct their affairs over hearty plates of cooked meats washed down with fine wine and ale. The menu cleverly combines classic English dining with French flair as dishes like lamb chops, roast saddle of venison, pork belly and grilled native lobster are prepared using traditional French techniques. It is worth saving room for Mr White’s rice pudding with hot apricots or the Cambridge burnt cream with raspberries.
The Anchor Inn and its seasonally changing menu are drawing in foodies in droves to sample the region’s best in quality traditional pub fare and locally brewed ales. Come hungry and strike for the inn’s immensely popular steak and Hooky pie. Served on a bed of creamy mash with buttered veg, this dish is a true pub classic. The Anchor Inn’s loyal following of regulars loves the pub’s selection of local ales supplied by brewers Purity and Hook Norton, and its burger, steak and fish nights are always popular. Additionally, a 20 per-cent discount is applied to the main menu, Monday to Thursday, between 5.30pm and 7pm, excepting December and Valentine’s Day.
For eight decades, the Beckett family has been farming in the Wythall area, bringing fresh produce to appreciative customers. The concept of the restaurant was created in 1984 and reborn in 2008, and now offers excellent English country cooking for breakfast, brunch and lunch, and for private dining events in the evening. There is a coffee shop with some delicious-looking cakes and biscuits, and a large farm shop selling freshly baked bread and cakes, local meat, vegetables and fruit, a huge selection of international cheeses, hot and cold food to take away, and a variety of gifts. You can even book a butchery masterclass, cookery course or bespoke party at the Orange Kitchen cookery school.
Situated in the elegant, four-star Ramada Hotel & Suites Coventry – located in Coventry city centre – is the contemporary Queens Road Restaurant, Bar & Grill. The restaurant can seat up to 80 diners, making it the perfect place for large groups, as well as those looking for intimate dining for two. Queens Road provides a contemporary take on a traditional British menu. The talented head chef and his dedicated team works together to develop the innovative seasonal menu. The offering also includes daily specials such as steak nights, meaning even regulars will always have something new to try.
As visitors arrive at Vujon, their attention can’t help but be drawn towards the vibrant wall painting that decorates the entire restaurant space. This award-winning restaurant is recognised by the local community as a fantastic independent local business, with private events and outside catering keeping the kitchen team busy throughout the year. The restaurant caters to all, from intimate reservations for two to large family and corporate group bookings.
Craft beer aficionados in search of a relaxed and easy going haven need look no further than Purecraft Bar & Kitchen. The Purecraft family’s flagship site, the Great British Pub Awards hailed this well-appointed space as the Best Beer Pub in 2015. Purecraft menus comprise a modernised iteration of British bar fare. Many of the dishes are prepared using namesake brewery Purity’s brews, such as the Purecrafted Scotch egg, which is served with homemade Purity beer ketchup. Shareable nibbles and small plates populate half of the menu, giving diners the opportunity to enjoy Wyre Forest charcuterie and crispy goat’s cheese with cranberry and kriek jam, to name just a few. The other half helpfully lists main dishes alongside the Purecraft team’s beer pairings.
Owing to its homely, welcoming surrounds – designed after the fashion of a traditional Thai home, or chai ka – Birmingham’s Pad Thai restaurant and karaoke bar puts guests at ease from the moment they arrive. Pad Thai’s set menus are perfect for group bookings, eliminating the stress from the ordering process and enabling the kitchen team to prepare top-notch Thai cuisine for large gatherings of friends and family. Relax with friends, catch up over cocktails and take the stage to perform renditions over your favourite songs until well into the night. Alternatively, the restaurant is home to five private karaoke booths for boy bands and girl groups that aren’t quite ready for their public debut.
This charming and delightful rustic restaurant stands facing Kenilworth Castle. Setting itself apart from other eateries in Kenilworth, Harringtons boasts a warm and friendly ambience throughout, with attentive service to match. The philosophy at Harringtons is simple – source fresh, local ingredients and carefully prepare them to deliver simple, tasty food. There’s no pretension, just delicious fare prepared with exceptional culinary skill. It’s easy to see how it has won the hearts of local regulars and new customers alike. Take a look at Harringtons’ Facebook page and Twitter feed (@HarringtonsHill) for further information on this top-notch establishment.
The Clarendon Arms is a traditional English pub located opposite Kenilworth Castle. It sets a picturesque scene for a leisurely lunch or intimate dinner, whatever hour you may visit. What’s so special about The Clarendon Arms is the exceptional food, which is offered at reasonable pub prices. The kitchen team is committed to cooking with the freshest, finest produce and, where possible, ingredients are sourced from local suppliers. Make sure you check out The Clarendon Arms on Facebook and Twitter, too (@clarendon_ken).
For more dining inspiration, pick up a copy of the Warwickshire & Birmingham Food & Drink Guide 2017 from your local Waitrose or tourist information centre, order a copy online, or read the digital edition on Issuu: