Following the release of the Michelin Star Guide 2017, we give you the low-down on Birmingham’s finest restaurants.
Adam’s, Waterloo Street
After changing location and making huge renovations earlier this year, Adam’s contemporary design and sleek interior simply highlights how the restaurant has gone from strength to strength since its opening in 2013. Initially intended as a ‘pop-up’ for husband and wife duo Adam and Natasha Stokes, Adam’s gained its Michelin star just six months after opening, and finally claimed permanent residence in the city centre’s New Oxford House in early 2016. Aside from its Michelin star, Adam’s boasts three AA Rosettes, and a score of seven in the Good Food Guide. The modern menu is split into three options; lunch, tasting and three-course, all of which offer quirky combinations of the finest quality and highest standard. From wild duck with plum ketchup to veal sweetbread, you won’t be left disappointed with the range of food Adam’s has to offer.
Peel’s at Hampton Manor Hotel, Solihull
As a new addition to the Michelin Star Guide, Peel’s offers something a little bit different to other restaurants in the surrounding areas. With the advantage of a stunning rural setting, this grand manor hotel boasts an interesting menu of experimental dishes. With organic and well-sourced ingredients being a key feature of its success, Peel’s also offers a ‘Tasting Room’ experience like no other, whereby guests can view their food being prepared. If you’re looking to escape city life, Peels at Hampton Manor Hotel is a real hidden gem, with creative menus and tantalising flavours.
Turners @ 69, Harborne
Located in Harborne, Turners @ 69 has recently undergone a few changes, one of which includes updating the name of the restaurant itself. Alongside this, owner Richard Turner chose to scrap overcomplicated and lengthy menus, and instead replaced them with simple, fuss-free alternatives. In an attempt to make fine dining more accessible, the relaunch of Turners @ 69 offers a less formal (and less intimidating) approach, whilst bringing the focus back to what dining is really all about – great food in comfortable surroundings.
Purnell’s, Cornwall Street
Head chef Glynn Purnell has come a long way since the start of his cooking career at the age of just 14, and yet has remained loyal to his home city of Birmingham. Purnell’s is everything you’d expect from a fine dining restaurant and more, with vibrant and sophisticated interior and an innovative menu with a bit of something for everyone. After being awarded a Michelin star in 2009, Purnell’s has since branched out into a stylish bistro and bar just around the corner.
Carters of Moseley, Moseley
If you’re looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city centre, head to Carters of Moseley, voted Good Food Guide’s Restaurant of the Year 2015. Opened by Birmingham-born Brad Carter and partner Holly Jackson, the pair’s obvious passion for food has infiltrated menus. Set in the heart of Moseley, Carters has successfully revolutionised fine dining with a strong emphasis placed on the idea that flavours are integral to good food. An establishment not afraid to experiment with new tastes and textures, Carters is the ideal place for something a little less formal.
Sitting on the outskirts of Birmingham City Centre in Edgbaston is Simpsons, a restaurant that is so much more than a dining experience. With added extras such as overnight stay options, alongside a popular Cookery School led by senior chefs, Simpsons has seemingly reinvented fine dining for the modern day, adapting itself to an ever-changing society. With years of international experience under his belt, Chef and owner Andreas Antona is a well-respected and highly acclaimed figure in the culinary industry, with previous work including The Dorchester and The Ritz. Due to being situated in a Grade II listed building, Simpsons received a modern interior update last year, to further ensure the innovative restaurant remains interesting to customers. There’s certainly no question of how Simpsons has obtained so many awards.
Words: Jade Woodhouse