Food & drink

Whether you’re looking for Michelin stars or a quick, enjoyable bite; feast on a riot of choice to suit every pocket.


As a city packed full of different cultures and nationalities, eating out in Birmingham and the region is like a gastronomic tour of the world. Frankly, it’s foodie heaven. With enticing new restaurants popping up all the time - representing some 27 different nationalities and styles of cooking - if you love to dine out, then you are in the right place.

We’ve got no less than four Michelin Star restaurants and plenty of others to tempt you with (including Lasan Restaurant, pictured), not to mention a whole quarter of the city devoted to creating our very own Asian speciality, the Balti.

And if it’s the comfort of a familiar menu you’re looking for, then the best of the high street is represented here too. A full directory is available in the EXPLORE Birmingham.

Buying food in Birmingham is a real pleasure too, whether it’s from one of our many markets or our decadent food halls and speciality delicatessens. Check out the Food Market section to tantalise your taste buds.

View an itinerary for foodies.

Lots of the UK’s favourite brands come from Birmingham and the surrounding area. In Local Produce you can find out about the city’s connections with chocolate, sausages, curries, patties and more! 

And if you fancy taking some of those raw ingredients and coming up with something tasty then try one of our outstanding cookery schools and courses.

Take a look at our fantastic food and drinks offers!

And after all that food you’ll need a drink to wash it down. Birmingham’s pubs and bars are spread across the city centre – in the Drinking section are ideas of places to go for a quiet drink - or the start of a wild night.

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27 April - Family friendly open air celebrations for all.

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Birmingham Pride 2014

24 & 25 May - The biggest two day LGBT party in the UK returns.

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