Fine dining experiences in Birmingham: the top spots
Birmingham is a vibrant, exciting city and a fantastic place to call home, not least because it’s a brilliant place for dining out. From contemporary British cuisine to one of the most interesting Indian restaurants you’ll find anywhere in the country, you can look forward to lots of top options when it comes to eating your way around Birmingham. Whether you live in the city centre, over in Dudley or a suburb like Aldridge just north of town, you can get excited about exploring the five Michelin-starred haunts below when you live in this area.
If you’re looking for a truly unique experience, Purnell’s is one of the best fine dining restaurants Birmingham plays host to. Run by chef Glynn Purnell on Cornwall Street in the city centre, you can expect quirky and flamboyant dishes full of flair and fun. French and Far Eastern influences permeate the mostly British cooking style, with a range of grazing and tasting menus to choose between. Similar to a chef’s table, the Brummie Tapas is a selection of small plates available in the Living Room and well worth your attention.
Contemporary and elegant yet retaining an informal character, Simpsons opened its first restaurant in 1993 and was awarded a Michelin star just a year later. Housed within a Georgian mansion with beautiful gardens, you can enjoy a drink in one of the luxurious lounges before moving to the restaurant with its wooden beams, exposed stone walls and garden views. The modern menu uses seasonal ingredients to blend classic combinations and original touches, while there’s a dedicated plant-based menu for vegans.
If Indian is your favourite cuisine, the progressive cooking at Summer Row’s Opheem is an absolute must. Using a variety of traditional and modern techniques, this is the place to go if you want to discover how Indian food has evolved and where its boundaries can be pushed to. Aston-born Aktar Islam is the head chef and owner, and he has produced a menu which combines recipes from as far back as the 15th century, with others passed down through his family. Lots of different regions and influences are represented, so don’t miss the seasonal tasting menus for the broadest view of Opheem’s capabilities.
Opened by husband and wife team Natasha and Adam Stokes in 2013, this exciting restaurant focuses on the personal touch to deliver an outstanding fine dining experience. For a truly memorable evening out, don’t miss the exclusive chef’s table which is available to hire for up to 12 guests. Ranked among the UK’s top 50 restaurants by the Good Food Guide and with three AA Rosettes in addition to a Michelin star, Adam’s is the place to be for contemporary British cuisine where you can expect well-balanced dishes made with the highest quality local ingredients.
Carters of Moseley
Sitting a few miles south of the city centre not far from Hall Green, Carters of Moseley serves up some of the best fine dining Birmingham has to offer. Packed with character and with an impressive glass-fronted cabinet to choose your wine from, a sustainable ethos runs underpins the success of this small yet perfectly formed restaurant. Expect local produce and ingredients from the restaurant’s own allotment, along with constantly evolving menus which reflect British landscapes and culture.
Birmingham is a culturally rich and diverse city. Whether you live in the heart of town or in an area like Sutton Coldfield, this is brilliantly demonstrated in the local cuisine. You can look forward to sampling all of Birmingham’s top restaurants when you buy a new build home in a place like neighbouring Tamworth, with our Dunstall Park development a particular highlight.