December 2019: this year's MasterChef: The Professionals winner, Stu Deeley was working here, but has now left to open his own restaurant locally.
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.
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With its black-painted walls and punchy sound track, Alex Claridge’s decidedly rock ‘n’ roll Jewellery Quarter three-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!”
“A unique experience” – provocative chef Alex Claridge’s dimly lit and theatrical two-year-old (“in a new semi-industrial venue” in the Jewellery Quarter) cold be a star in the making. “The food is absolutely stunning, and the drinks pairing innovative – not just wines, but a selection of cocktails and other beverages to create the best food/drink matches”. “We had the extra course with ants... not totally convinced the ants were a great addition, but it did taste good”.
Inside Birmingham Open Media, with just 24 covers, this modern British joint headed up by Alex Claridge has caused quite a stir since its late 2016 launch. “The dining room is a bit make-shift and cluttered – like a pop-up waiting for a better venue to come along” – but the tasting menus focused on foraged and locally sourced ingredients that reflect the native ‘outdoors, weather and landscape’ are “great value”.
|Wine per bottle||£30.00|
27 Warstone Lane, Birmingham, B18 6JQ
|Wednesday||6 pm‑8:30 pm|
|Thursday||6 pm‑8:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm|