Top Birmingham food gems you probably don’t know about

With bars, restaurants and cafés opening up all over the city at an overwhelming rate, it can be hard to decide which places you should actually go for food. We’ve shortlisted our favourite places to eat that often slip under the radar, but are definitely worth the visit.

Pop Street


With a slogan boasting “Good food. No fuss”, we can’t help but be very excited about the newest pop-up food event arriving soon in the city. Said to be opening on 28 July and continuing on the first Saturday of every month following, Pop Street’s first event will see popular street food company Bone Selecta tempt visitors with an extensive chicken menu! Though a lot of details of the event are still currently under wraps, you can follow Pop Street’s Instagram (@popstreetevent) to stay updated.

Hummus Festival

Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen, Digbeth

Not only is Digbeth home to some of the best street food around, it’s also set to play host to a pop up event celebrating the humble chickpea this month. Saturday 21 July will see the Mockingbird venue on Gibb Street totally transformed, with over 20 hummus street traders onsite. As well as food, there will be a fully licensed bar, live music from DJ’s, pop up shops and hummus goody bags. Stay updated here.


City Centre

Though Opus is great for seasonal fine dining any time of the year, it’s lesser known for its intuitive Source Dinners, held every few months where the fishermen and farmers who supply the food to the restaurant are invited along. Upcoming events include a Cheese Dinner and an Irish Beef Dinner, both nights celebrating the produce they so carefully select. Check out the events calendar here for more information.

1000 Trades

Jewellery Quarter

This popular neighbourhood bar and kitchen is totally unique – rather than having an in-house team of chefs, it operates monthly kitchen residencies, meaning you’re almost always guaranteed to be enjoying something totally different every time you visit. The kitchen is open for anyone to take over, from accomplished chefs to up-and-coming talents. It’s a treat for any foodie willing to try something new. Find out who’s in the kitchen this month here.


City Arcade

The location of this coffee shop takes the word ‘hidden’ to a whole new level, so much so that even a lot of the locals don’t know it exists. Located in the City Arcade, Tilt not only serves rich coffee and delicious homemade cakes (and surprisingly, a great range of craft beers), it’s also filled with nineteen pinball machines, which brings us to the highlight of the venue – the monthly pinball league. Totally unique from anything you’ll have ever experienced, this hidden space is multi-functional, quirky and perfect for a fun afternoon out. Find out more here.

Dig Brew Co.


Combining two of our favourite things – pizza and beer, this independent working brewery is tucked away on a backstreet in Digbeth, but it’s well worth the walk. In addition to the vast selection of beers on offer, Dig Brew Co. also offers guided tours and artisan sourdough pizzas from just £6. If you’re looking to enjoy some food in chilled surroundings, this laidback envuronment is just for you. Head over in the next few weeks to watch the World Cup games on the huge screen with a slice of pizza (or two) in hand. Check out the brewery here.

The Plough,


With an all-day menu spanning brunch, lunch, burgers, pizzas and roasts, The Plough Harborne is a must for anyone visiting the city. Not only does it have a great regular menu to choose from, it also has daily deals, from 2-4-1 burgers on a Tuesday to its popular pop up Lickin Chicken menu, every Sunday from 6pm. Find out more here.

The Indian Brewery Co.


Though predominantly a craft brewery serving up a whole host of beers, The Indian Brewery also take pride in an authentic Indian street food menu. Tucked away under a railway bridge near Snowhill, the unique venue offers an extensive range of Indian favourites – the smaller but tasty breakfast menu is worth checking out also. Take a look here.

Laghi’s Deli


This family-run deli isn’t your average Italian restaurant. Serving a menu that takes seasonal food into consideration, you can rest assured that you’ll be receiving the freshest ingredients – be it pastries and breads, pasta, pizza, fresh fish or meat and vegetables. Not only is Laghi’s Delhi a great location to dine in, they also have a mobile wood-fired pizza van – meaning they can cater for almost any occasion. Find out more here.

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