Food & Drink
Six great Birmingham restaurants
Right next to the Birmingham Library at the Repertory Theatre, Marmalade is a semi-circular room of beautiful lampshades hanging low over tables and Mediterraneanstyle geometric patterned wallpaper. It looks plush and expensive, but dishes such as the “subtle sea bass, served with tangy crushed potatoes” are a very reasonable £12.95.
Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Broad Street
The Queens Arms
One of several great pubs in the Jewellery Quarter, the Queens Arms has a long menu that you can deal with quickly by just heading straight to the sausages supplied by local butcher Lashfords. With names such as the Royal (smoked bacon and pork) and the Carlton (prime beef) and a side of mashed potato, they’re meaty enough and big enough to mean you’re unlikely to eat again that day.
150 Newhall Street
Anderson & Hill
Below the arches of the Great Western Parade, opposite the cathedral, a ciabatta sandwich from New York-style café Anderson & Hill is one of the city’s great lunchtime treats. Try the Iberian serrano ham with sweet roasted peppers that brings out the best of the sour and salty Manchego cheese.
Great Western Arcade, 7 Colmore Row.
Six Eight Kafe
Hipsters have had a big impact on the UK coffee scene. The staff at this tiny independent café look as if they’ve walked straight out of an indie film, while serving the best flat whites. The antipodean coffee has just the right balance between strength and smoothness.
6/8 Temple Row
Having served Birmingham’s favorite dish, the balti, a curry cooked in a thin metal pan, for more than 40 years, Adil’s helped create what is now known as the Balti Triangle in the south of the city. Now a little posher in its décor, it still sells flat naan bread big enough to cover a small table, ready to be ripped up and used to shovel the rich, spicy food into your mouth.
148-150 Stoney Lane
Le Keux Salon
In the heart of the Custard Factory, the people at Le Keux have many different ways to take you back to the 1950s. There’s the kitsch décor complete with Marilyn Monroe posters and other pin-ups, Elvis and his contemporaries on the jukebox, experts in 1950s fashion doing makeovers in the beauty salon, and large jugs of thick, rich milkshake served in the café next door.
Zellig Building, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street.
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Published: May 18, 2016