Tuck into a hearty brunch, enjoy a craft ale and browse quirky independent shops. If you’re heading to Harborne, you’ll want to check out these gems.
Tucked away just a short walk from the high street and offering a variety of functional but stylish homewares, Kin Home is a must-visit if you’re looking to refresh your living space with smaller accessories. The independent design-led lifestyle store beautifully curates items from exclusive brands such as Ferm Living, Studio Arhoj, Laboratory perfumes and HAY, allowing you to discover pieces that you won’t find anywhere else in the city.
For personal gifts, quirky homewares and stunning floral displays, you’ll be well and truly spoilt for choice at Hedge. Opened by talented brother and sister duo Luke and Rachel, Hedge frequently opens its doors to the public, offering creative workshops and events, proving that anybody can get creative if they really want to.
Creating freshly-made Mediterranean dishes from locally-sourced ingredients, Rustic Table is great if you want to bring a group of friends or family together for shared dining and drinks in relaxed surroundings.
Think fine dining without the faff. With a Midlands Best Local Restaurant Award from Waitrose & Partners under its belt, this friendly dining venue is ‘a restaurant that prides itself on informal service that is met with passion’ and definitely one to watch out for. The menus change with the seasons, so you can visit every couple of months and feast your tastebuds on a whole new tantalising menu.
The Harborne Food School
Fancy yourself as quite the chef? Located in the gorgeous School Yard building at the heart of the high street, book in at Harborne Food School for hands-on cookery classes and chef demos to learn how to prepare, cook and serve just about anything from ramen to Mexican street food. With Christmas fast approaching, this a great gift idea for the foodie in your life.
If you’re looking to indulge in a dining experience on the more premium end of the price scale, Henry Wong is well worth trying out. With a menu jam-packed with a variety of carefully- curated and well-presented Cantonese favourites including Dim Sum Platters, Sizzling King Prawns in Satay Sauce, Crispy Fried Tofu and Aromatic Duck, this is the ideal spot if you’re celebrating a birthday or enjoying a romantic date night.
The Paper Duck
This cosy craft beer bar may be relatively new on the Harborne scene, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t already made an impression for all the right reasons. With a drinks menu that’s regularly updated, you can sample the beers before you buy and the staff will be on hand to talk you through any ale-related queries. There may not be any food on the menu, but the staff here are more than happy for you to bring your own, with locals regularly tucking in to a Chinese takeaway whilst enjoying a craft ale (or two).
The Plough Harborne
Arguably one of the most popular hotspots in the whole city, The Plough has it all, from stone baked pizzas (which are 2-4-1 every Monday) to quiz nights and one of the best Sunday roasts in Birmingham. With a buzzing atmosphere every night of the week, the pub and restaurant has gone from strength to strength following recent refurbishments, and whether you’re heading in for a cosy drink during the colder months or tucking into a delicious brunch, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at any time of the day.