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Where to Eat in Birmingham – a food and dining guide

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Birmingham has a well-earned reputation as a centre of foodie thrills in the UK. With its trendsetting Michelin-starred restaurants, not to mention the spicy treats from the acclaimed curry houses, Birmingham is starting to rival London as a place of cutting-edge cuisine. With the surrounding streets thronging with revellers each night of the week, there is always something new to do, see, and most importantly, taste.
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With a large Asian community, Birmingham is famous the world over for its curries. You basically can't let yourself leave without tucking into a spicy feast.

City Centre


In the heart of the city you'll find some of the more luxurious restaurants in Birmingham. Spearheaded by celebrity chef Glynn Purnell, and bagging a Michelin star in 2009, Purnell's serves creative, precise British dishes finished to a world-class standard. Its tasting menu is adorned with bite-size indulgences, such as barn-reared duck and marsh samphire, more than living up to foodie expectations. Just down the road is Opus, a sleek, wooden-floored bistro serving gorgeously presented seasonal fare.


• Purnell's, 55 Cornwall Street, Birmingham B3 2DH; Tel: +44 (0) 121 212 9799

Opus, 54 Cornwall Street, Birmingham B3 2DE; Tel: +44 (0) 121 200 2323




South west of Birmingham City Centre, Harborne is a prosperous district resplendent with red-brick Victorian buildings. The Michelin-starred Turners of Harborne is one of the main attractions on the eating circuit, and has a menu crammed with head chef Richard Turner’s inventive ways with skate, celeriac, and pigeon. For something more exotic, Sabai Sabai is just along the High Street, serving traditional pad thai and yellow curries in a vibrant, contemporary-styled dining room.


• Turners of Harborne, 69 High Street, Birmingham B19 9NS; Tel: +44 (0) 121 446 4440

Sabai Sabai, 268 High Street, Birmingham B17 9P; Tel: +44 (0) 121 426 2688




Bisected by the Birmingham Canal, Ladywood is situated west of the city centre. Owned and run by a husband and wife team, Loves specialises in locally produced food cooked with French panache, from braised pig cheeks to chocolate risotto. For Italian indulgence, try Cielo which serves sumptuous pasta dishes along with tantalising meat and fish like sea bass in lobster bisque, and veal escalope with sage and Parma ham.


• Loves Restaurant, The Glasshouse, Browning Street, Birmingham B16 8FL; Tel: +44 (0) 121 454 5151

Cielo, Brindley Place, Birmingham B1 2JB; Tel: +44 (0) 121 632 6882


Balti Triangle


The Balti Triangle is a curry haven, a literal hotspot where some of the best Indian restaurants in the UK are found. The air itself is perfumed by an intoxicating aroma of spices and cooking smells that make you salivate before you even enter one of the restaurants. Competition is fierce, but notable restaurants include Saleem’s which has been on Ladypool Road for decades, while just down the road is Shababs Balti Restaurant, a modern and cosy dining spot serving sizzling grilled meats, a range of Balti dishes, and a host of hot and spicy signature dishes.


• Saleem’s, 256 – 258 Ladypool Road, Birmingham B12 2JT; Tel: +44 (0) 121 449 1861

Shababs Balti Restaurant, 163 – 165 Ladypool Road, Birmingham B12 8LQ; Tel: +44 (0) 121 440 2893