By Matthew Jewsbury


The West Midlands continues its reputation as a culinary powerhouse after retaining all of its Michelin-starred restaurants in the Michelin Guide 2021.

From bostin’ street food to scrumptious fine dining, the region has an eclectic mix of flavours that will satisfy the cravings of all food fanatics. This year, the prestigious Michelin Guide was delivered virtually and was hosted by Davina McCall to celebrate the best cuisine from across Great Britain and Ireland.

Birmingham and the wider West Midlands was able to retain its 10 Michelin-starred restaurants and Solihull-born Kray Treadwell was crowned Young Chef of the Year after impressing the Michelin inspectors at his newly opened Birmingham restaurant 670 Grams.

One to Watch

670 Grams, which is situated in the Custard Factory, was opened in 2020 and is described as a ‘Modern Abstract Fine Dining’. The restaurant is named after the weight of Kray’s daughter when she was born prematurely, and comes with an urban, take-us-as-you-find-us vibe, pumping rap music and graffitied walls.

Shining Stars

The future of fine dining in the West Midlands looks bright, but what restaurants are currently the shining Michelin-stars of the region?


1. Peel’s at Hampton Manor
 


2. Simpsons
 


3. Opheem
 


4. Carters of Moseley
 


5. Purnell’s
 


6. Adam’s
 


7. Salt
 


8. The Cross at Kenilworth
 


9. Pensons
 


10. The Royal Oak Whatcote
 


Other honourable mentions from the Guide for Birmingham includes The Oyster Club, Craft, The Wilderness, Chakana, Pulperia, Folium, Eight, Asha’s and Harborne Kitchen.
 

Most of these restaurants are eagerly awaiting the return of diners with many continuing to take bookings in the hope that lockdown measures can be eased in the near future. So, which one will you choose when lockdown and restrictions become a distant memory?

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