Mobile menu

Birmingham and the Black Country restaurants and cafes

Birmingham and the Black Country are foodie gems with a host of fantastic restaurants, bistros, cafes and pubs and here are some of the best places to eat. Headed up by top chefs Andreas Antona and Luke Tipping, Simpsons in Edgbaston gained its Michelin star in 2000 for its classic French cuisine and a second star resides in Waterloo Street at Adam’s, owned and run by the award-winning team of husband and wife Adam and Natasha Stokes, who also opened The Oyster Club in Temple Street.

However, the best-known recipient and the city’s best known chef, is Glynn Purnell. He opened his titular city centre restaurant in 2007, swiftly earning a star with his individual take on British cuisine. Birmingham, of course, has a long tradition of Indian restaurants, the first, The Darjeeling, evolving from a 1945 curry and rice cafe. However, today it is best known for the famous Balti Triangle of Sparkbrook, Balsall Heath and Sparkhill. The Black Country is also the home of the so-called Desi pubs, offering a Punjabi experience in a British boozer (curry and a pint, then). The longest established is The Vine in West Bromwich, but others include the Yew Tree on Oak Street in Wolverhampton.

Our picks

Bistrot Pierre
Fine dining

Waterside House, 46 Gas Street, Birmingham B1 2JT

Bistrot Pierre offers great value French cooking and seasonal menus. The restaurant likes to combine French bistrot classics such as steak-frites, boeuf bourguignon and tarte au citron with their own take on regional favourites like tarte flambée, Bouillabaisse and paté de campagne. Situated in a Grade 2-listed building on the city’s bustling canalside, the bistrot is located in Gas Street, close to The Mailbox, Birmingham’s most stylish shopping destination. Visit website

Celebrity Restaurant

44 Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2HP

Situated in the heart of Birmingham’s entertainment and gastro capital, enjoy your meal overlooking the city’s canal network and bustling nightlife on the busy thoroughfare that is Broad Street and Brindleyplace. With an extensive array of Indian cuisine, great international wines and beers, delicious desserts, chilled-out atmosphere and friendly attentive service, the Celebrity Indian restaurant guarantees an enjoyable evening out that will definitely leave the taste buds tantalised. Visit website

Simpsons Restaurant

20 Highfield Road, Birmingham B15 3DU

Simpsons Restaurant has enjoyed a reputation for refined cooking and excellent service for almost 20 years. It has held a Michelin star since 2004. The restaurant is situated in the leafy suburb of Edgbaston in the heart of Birmingham, within a beautiful Georgian Grade 2-listed building. Visit website

Pasta Di Piazza
Spaghetti meatballs

11 Brook Street, Birmingham B3 1SA

Pasta Di Piazza offer quality Italian food in authentic, relaxed surroundings. Using fresh ingredients and traditional recipes, Pasta Di Piazza take real pride in preparing delicious and traditional Italian dishes for you and your family, friends or business colleagues. The traditional decor in this red-brick Victorian building, and warm atmosphere combine to make this restaurant the perfect venue for any event. Visit website

The Blue Piano
Asian dish

26 Harborne Road, Birmingham B15 3AA

The Blue Piano promises to delight your palate with a varied menu of South East Asian flavours. Taste the cuisine from Singapore, Malaysia and Cambodia, all in one evening. Enjoy an extensive array of beers, wines and cocktails in the bar area or relax and unwind in the unique courtyard garden. Visit website

Like these? Try these…

Birmingham and the Black Country attractions

Birmingham and the Black Country shopping

Birmingham and the Black Country nightlife venues

Birmingham and the Black Country cultural attractions

Image credits: ©Drica Pinotti/Steven Bennett/The Creative Exchange/Wouter Meijering/Unsplash;

Latest features