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Located inside Birmingham Open Media, with a handful of seats and moss growing everywhere, this modern British joint is headed up by Alex Claridge (who previously ran Nomad pop-up in London). Their website information states that they focus on "native ingredients, memory & place" - we know it goes in for local and foraged food, and runs a fixed-price, tasting menu formula.

survey result

Summary

£131
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Unmissable!”. “Chef-patron Alex Claridge with head chef Marius Gedminas are at the cutting edge of modern British cuisine” at this Jewellery Quarter venue, which is “very much of 2023” with its moodily decorated black-painted brick walls, dark wood, dark leather and open kitchen. “It produces superbly original, highly inventive, exciting and ultimately delicious tasting menus with a passion which one could only wish that all British chefs brought with them, with some exceptional items that could only be described as works of art”.

Summary

£102
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Edgy cuisine and environment, backed by friendly service and a rock ’n’ roll playlist” (played loud!) is the distinctive formula of Alex Claridge’s ‘full-on’ Jewellery Quarter venture, with black walls and black-leather furniture, and an open kitchen on display. As with some previous years, it doesn’t generate a huge volume of feedback in our annual diners’ poll, but fans say it’s “outstanding”. There are two tasting menus offered, a £70 version and more extensive and longer £130 option. Typical dish? – ‘Childhood Reflections in the Shape of a Banana’.

Summary

£140
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Brilliant tasting menus of creative fusion food” win consistent acclaim for chef-owner Alex Claridge at his high-impact Jewellery Quarter venue. “Love the flavours, the drinks pairings (including non-alcohol cocktails), the dark mirrored environment and the rock music (old favourites played not intrusively loud)”.

Summary

£130
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

With its black-painted walls and punchy sound track, Alex Claridge’s decidedly rock ‘n’ roll Jewellery Quarter four-year-old has courted attention over the years with ants on the menu (and this year a social media campaign involving fake guns). There’s serious intent in the open kitchen here, though – “something quite unique happens, with a tasting menu that blows you away” and “beautifully crafted” drinks to go with it; “more restaurants should aim for an ’80s soundtrack too!”

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27 Warstone Lane, Birmingham, B18 6JQ

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The Wilderness Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Wilderness Restaurant in B18, Birmingham by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Wilderness restaurant.
Robert K
Quite a funky restaurant with rock music ba...
Reviewed 7 months, 18 days ago

"Quite a funky restaurant with rock music background music playing. Service was honest and excellent. Went for lunch. All courses were very well done and served at a decent pace for a lunchtime. Overall a good experience,"

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 95.00 Always available 7
Menu2 115.00 Always available 10
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £40.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 10.00%
27 Warstone Lane, Birmingham, B18 6JQ
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday6 pm‑8:30 pm
Wednesday6 pm‑8:30 pm
Thursday6 pm‑8:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑4 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑4 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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