One of the things we love most about our city? You’re never more than a few steps from a great bar or restaurant. Here, we’ve rounded up eight great news venues to make Birmingham even more tasty!
YUMMY BRUMMIE LAUNCHES NEW TAPAS BAR
Big news for the city’s dining scene is that Birmingham’s first Michelin Star Chef has opened the doors to Plates by Purnell’s, just a street away from his flagship restaurant.
Glynn Purnell, who holds a Michelin star at Purnell’s, brings top quality Spanish tapas-inspired food and drinks to the new venue in Edmund Street. Run by the Saturday Kitchen and The Great British Menu star, Glynn and his team are serving up sharing plates inspired by his time training and working in northern Spain.
Bookings are now open. Reservations can be made for Wednesdays to Saturdays between 12pm and 3pm for lunch and between 6pm and 9pm for dinner HERE
SKY-HIGH DINING AT ORELLE
The highly-anticipated Orelle has been open for a couple of months and has already proved a massive hit with the Birmingham’s chic diners.
Located on the 24th floor of 103 Colmore Row, the stylish double-height restaurant offers 360-degree panoramic views across the city and beyond. The modern menu has been created by executive chef, Chris Emery, best known for his work at The Alice in Oxford and Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred restaurants, Pollen Street Social in London and The Clocktower in New York. With a contemporary spin on classic French recipes, the dishes showcase the best of British produce and celebrate the stories behind locally-sourced ingredients.
There’s also an extensive list of wines, spirits and more than 20 cocktails, designed by Tiago Bastos, previously of The Grand Hotel and The Edgbaston. Book a table HERE
NEW JEWELLERY QUARTER NIGHTSPOT
Go underground at Tabu Bar & Restaurant, where Pan Asian cuisine, live entertainment and luxury surroundings come together.
Inspired by the speakeasy scene of 1920s New York, this hidden gem boasts a spacious bar and dining area, private booths and live music every Thursday-Sunday night. The venue itself steeped in history, with a rich interior to match – think exposed brick, striking mood lighting and luxury furnishings set amongst industrial arches. Tuck into freshly prepared sushi and gyoza and sip on cocktails as the resident DJs play a soulful urban fusion accompanied by live percussion and saxophonists.
To find out more and book a table, click HERE
SOLIHULL HEADS TO THE ITALIAN ALPS
Solihull has seen some top class eateries open recently, and Emporio Artari is the latest in a growing number of independent food and drink venues.
Launched by the team behind the Lucarelli Restaurants in the Mailbox – which includes celebrity chef Aldo Zilli – this latest spot is inspired by one of the oldest coffee houses in Italy. With the style and elegance of traditional Italian hospitality, its new location in Touchwood serves up Lucarelli-style cicchetti including sharing platters, arancini, oven-baked lasagne and panini. There’s even an indulgent Italian style Afternoon Tea.
For details click HERE
AWARD-WINNING TEAM OPENS PASSING FANCIES
How’s this for a talented trio behind the new Custard Factory hotspot … Tommy Matthews, former bar manager of Couch (ranked in the UK’s Top 50 Cocktail Bars) has joined forces with Matt Arnold (The Edgbaston) and Eve Green (Grain & Glass).
Passing Fancies has a “kitchen at a house party” feel about it, and aims to brings a new kind of approachable luxury. The bar’s name nods to its vow to move with the times, regularly changing its menu and straying away from a set theme.
As Tommy explains: “At our core is our passion for what we do, the stories we share and the people we share them with. Think of it not as a bar but a vehicle for community, nestled within the creative heart of Birmingham with a menu as varied and fluid as the lives we lead.
Click HERE to find out more.
THE COCKTAIL CLUB ARRIVES IN THE CITY
From an interior designed by world-renowned UK designer Matthew Williamson to a 00s-inspired Bottomless Brunch, The Cocktail Club is now open on Temple Street.
The duo behind the bar – former Brummie John James ‘JJ’ Goodman and James Hopkins – have certainly earned their stripes. JJ was the winner of the World’s Best Bartender award at the 2008 Cocktail World Cup and the duo won the TV competition The Restaurant in 2009 before opening nine bars in London. The new Birmingham venue is their biggest to date with a capacity of 450, set across two floors and three rooms. For reservations click HERE
BAKEHOUSE BY BAKED IN BRICK LANDS IN SUTTON COLDFIELD
Hot on the heels of Baked In Brick in the Custard Factory and Erdington, award-winning chef Lee DeSanges has launched Bakehouse in a former ironmongers shop.
The new venue boasts freshly baked cakes, breads and pastries to eat-in or take out. The ground floor holds the main bakery, with tables and chairs for guests, while the first floor offers a more relaxed space with comfortable sofas. The top floor is an exclusive, private-hire space.
During the day, stop by for brunch; while Thursdays to Sundays there’s an evening menu, beers from local brewery Purity, alongside a selection of wines and cocktails. Full details click HERE
PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES AT ATELIER C/O ROBERT WOOD
This new concept bar in the Jewellery Quarter is the brainchild of award-winning drinks creator Robert Wood, promising, ‘a creative drinks studio and cocktail bar for the curious minds’.
Open for just a few nights a week for a handful of guests each evening, award-winning drinks maverick Robert Wood looks forward to welcoming guests to enjoy an evening in his studio. Each menu is only available for a limited time only to ensure a constantly evolving experience. With more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, Robert has attracted a host of top accolades and as you’d expect this latest venue is all about pushing the boundaries.
Atelier seats just 26 guests and is open Thursday to Saturday. The team will endeavour to accommodate walk-in guests, but advance booking is highly recommended. Reservations can be made HERE