Birmingham is a city that’s filled with fantastic places to eat. But if you’re looking for somewhere a little more special, then you have a host of options to choose from that are sure to suit any occasion.
Tasting menus have become exceedingly popular over the last few years, with restaurants opting to offer diners a unique experience that enables them to showcase their exceptional culinary delights for a fixed price.
From Michelin-starred menus to the best fine dining restaurants in the city. Here’s our guide on the best spots to enjoy a tasting menu in Birmingham and beyond.
*Featured image: Opheem, Summer Row, Birmingham
Folium | Jewellery Quarter | City Centre
Situated just a stone’s throw away from the picturesque St Paul’s Square, Folium is one of two fine dining options tucked away within the heart of the historic Jewellery Quarter.
Located on Caroline Street, this stylish restaurant celebrates the very best of modern British food using simple flavours alongside the highest-quality ingredients. Folium’s menu changes with the seasons, but you can view a sample of the current one here.
Serving both lunch and dinner from Wednesday onwards, you can enjoy a two-course lunch for £27.50, three-course lunch for £32.50, a five-course dinner for £55 and seven courses for £70.
The Wilderness | Jewellery Quarter | City Centre
Looking for a dining concept that’s a little different from the norm? Headed up by Alex Claridge, The Wilderness puts the rock and roll into fine dining.
Also housed in Jewellery Quarter, The Wilderness first opened its doors in Dudley Street before moving into the former home of Two Cats Kitchen on Warstone Lane last year.
Known for pushing the culinary boundaries, The Wilderness offers a selection of tasting menus to diners that can cater for numerous dietary requirements including pescatarian, gluten-free and vegetarian*.
Aimed to make the fine dining experience as relaxed and approachable as possible, you can also expect a soundtrack of rock and roll music that reflects the concept. Click here to find out more about dining at The Wilderness.
Purnell’s | Cornwall Street | City Centre
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There's officially just five weeks of summer left, which means just five more weeks of the Purnell's summer menus, which will be changing with the season when Autumn begins in September. There’s more than one reason to look forward to the new season with our Autumn menus launching on Tuesday 24 September. But in the meantime, snap up a table at Purnell's to enjoy the finest in seasonal summer bounty, with the current menus featuring fresh ingredients such as English beans and peas, apricots, strawberries, cherries and raspberries. And rest assured there will be much more to revel in come September with the Autumn menus. Book now: 0121 212 9799 www.purnellsrestaurant.com #summerseason #summer #summermenu #itsstillsummer #purnells #seasonal #summerbounty #freshingredients #birmingham
Run by top Brummie chef Glynn Purnell, Purnell’s is one of the four Michelin Star restaurants in Birmingham. Tucked away on Cornwall Street, this popular dining spot attracts diners from across the country who want to try Glynn’s world-class food for themselves.
Homing in on British flavours with influences from both France and the Far East, Purnells currently offers a range of tasting menus including A Purnell’s Journey, Brummie Tapas and Autumn.
Having held its Michelin Star since January 2009, Purnell’s is a dining spot that you need to add to your list. Find out more by clicking here.
Adams | Waterloo Street | City Centre
Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday, Adams is another Michelin Star on Birmingham’s culinary bow. Also focusing on British classics with a modern twist, this contemporary restaurant serves lunch from 12pm – 2pm and dinner from 7pm – 9pm.
Run by head chef and owner, Adam Stokes, Adams began as a pop-up in the city before opening its permanent home on Waterloo Street. With an ever-changing seasonal menu showcases a range of delicious ingredients, Adams’ tasting menu also has the option to add on a wine float for an additional cost.
Opheem | Summer Row | City Centre
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Gajaar – tandoori carrot, but in reality it’s so much more than just a plate of food. We use all the trim to make every component on the dish; equals zero waste and teaches the young commis in our kitchen the value in ingredients and that with the right approach waste is not necessary. #ethicalcooking #vegan #progressiveindiancuisine @michelininspectors @michelinguide #zerowaste
After opening its doors on Summer Row in 2018, Aktar Islam’s Opheem was quickly recognised by the Michelin Guide as a fantastic new addition to the city that celebrates delicious Indian food cooked to a highly professional standard. It earned its first star in the Michelin Guide 2020.
Striving to push the boundaries of Indian flavours, Opheem offers both a five and seven-course tasting menu. Priced at £50 and £70, you can enjoy five or seven mouthwatering and delicately spiced courses for just £10 per plate. Sounds like a fantastic offer to us.
Craft Dining Rooms | ICC | City Centre
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Craft is creating amazing British classics like this pork pie , did you know you can have a 3 course meal at Craft for as little as £25.00 and with 20% off in August for all tables before 7pm thats £20.00 to book the last couple of table www.craftdiningrooms.co.uk and place 20% in the comments box
A recent addition to Birmingham, Craft Dining Rooms opened its doors in 2019 in the ICC in the former home of Prezzo.
Tried and tested by Team Style, Craft Dining Rooms menu celebrates the very best British classics, from the humble fish pie to a rich, warming beef wellington. Alongside the afternoon tea and Sunday lunch menu, Craft also has a set menu of two courses for £19.95 and three courses of £24.95.
Want to enjoy a glass of wine with your meal? You can add a 125ml glass of house red or white with your set menu for just £5. Click here for more info on Craft Dining Rooms.
Beyond the City Centre
Simpsons Restaurant | High Field Road | Edgbaston
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Another Michelin Star spot in the Birmingham, Simpsons lies just outside the city centre in the leafy attractive suburb of Edgbaston. This elegant restaurant has held its star since 2000, making it one of the most successful fine dining spots in the city.
Headed up by Luke Tipping and Andreas Antona, Simpsons offers a six-course tasting lunch (available Tuesday – Thursday) priced at £70 per person, and a six-course tasting menu priced at £95 per person. A vegan lunch and dinner menu is also available for diners.
Harborne Kitchen | Harborne
Welcoming customers through its doors since 2016, Harborne Kitchen has paved its way to become one of the top places to wine and dine in Birmingham outside the main heart of the city.
Offering three menus: Chosen, Choice and Lunch 4, expect bold and brilliant food at this exciting venue that creates food to be both elegant and intimate without being exclusive. One of the high rising stars that’s putting Harborne on the map as one of Birmingham’s most attractive suburbs. Click here to find out more about dining at Harborne Kitchen.
The Butchers Social | Henley-in-Arden
With a prime location on Henley-in-Arden’s High Street, The Butchers Social combines stylish dining with a cosy country pub atmosphere. Whether you’re visiting for a celebration or simply want to tuck into a delicious Sunday lunch, this attractive venue is perfect for all occasions.
Alongside the al la carte and children’s menu, The Butchers Social also has a stunning tasting menu which celebrates the freshest seasonal ingredients. Available to the entire table only, the tasting menu is priced at £70 per person, but trust us when we say, like all the others, it’s worth every penny you pay – and then some.
During the summer months, The Butchers Social also has a spacious beer garden, which means you can sit back with a drink in the sun or relax in the cosy bar area at the front of the venue during the winter. Click here to find out more about dining at The Butchers Social.
Peels | Hampton Manor | Hampton-in-Arden
Led by Rob Palmer, Peels at the stunning Hampton Manor has been on our list of places to dine here at the Style HQ for some time now. Holding both a Michelin star and four AA rosettes, this beautiful restaurant offers both a four-course menu priced at £80 per person and a seven-course menu priced at £100 per person.
Encased in picturesque surroundings including a walled garden, the food served at Peels holds a focus on flavour, while making sure the main element of the dish remains front and centre. With plates of delicately cooked seafood, game and sweet notes of chocolate and raspberry, it’s a restaurant that is the perfect choice for a special occasion.
In case you missed it…
We caught up with some of the city’s best chefs to talk all things food and what they love about the city in our latest issue. You can read our mini interviews in full, along with rest of the magazine, here.