Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in West Midlands
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best West Midlands restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 247 restaurants in West Midlands and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing West Midlands restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured West Midlands Restaurants
1. Peel's British, Modern restaurant in Solihull Shadowbrook Lane - B92
The Hill family’s classy restaurant-with-rooms, nestled in the Birmingham ’burbs, continues to win solid marks – if on limited feedback – for its refined and original food (spanning afternoon tea and tasting menus, best sampled in their intimate tasting room). Bonus points for their regular drinks tasting evenings (“first and last time I’ll try orange wine but it was a great opportunity to experience something very different!”)
2. Maribel British, Modern restaurant in Birmingham 6 Brindley Place - B1
On the Brindleyplace site that was once Edmunds (RIP), this April 2018 newcomer attracted some brilliant reviews in last year’s survey for Richard Turner’s accomplished cuisine. He departed, though, in mid May 2019, just before our current survey closed, to be replaced by Harvey Perttola: formerly a sous chef at Lichfield’s Swinfen Hall. The move seems to herald a desire for a ‘more relaxed’ (less ambitious) style of dining than previously and in the circumstances it seems sensible to leave a re-rating till next year.
3. Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Birmingham Steaks & grills restaurant in Birmingham 200 Wharfside St, The Cube - B1
The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill is located on the 25th floor of Birmingham's iconic building the Cube. It offers panoramic views of the city with floor to ceiling windows you will be sure to get a superb view. It's newly refurbished restaurant and bar is simply spec...
4. Sabai Sabai Thai restaurant in Moseley 25 Woodbridge Road - B13
2019 Review: Torquil and Juree Chidwick’s original restaurant and wine bar of their local mini-chain – this Moseley fifteen-year-old provides a simple but effective Thai formula.
5. Sabai Sabai Thai restaurant in Birmingham 268 High Street - B17
2018 Review: More reports please on Torquil and Juree Chidwick’s stylish modern Harborne Thai: part of a local mini-chain of upmarket Thai restaurants founded in Moseley in 2003.
6. The Karczma Polish restaurant in Birmingham Bordesley St - B5
10/10 for effort on the décor at this kitschy classic five minutes from the Bull Ring, but decorated like an old Pollish cottage. Too limited reports last year for a proper rating of the hearty east European scoff, but all feedback is positive.
7. Purnells British, Modern restaurant in Birmingham 55 Cornwall St - B3
TV-chef Glynn Purnell’s swish HQ in the business quarter was Birmingham’s most-mentioned restaurant in the survey last year and is often recommended as “Brum’s best” (with ratings on almost exactly level pegging with rivals Adam’s and Opheem). Criticism is most notable by its absence, with nothing but rapturous reviews for his “technically accomplished cuisine, with well-executed creative dishes” and “interested, attentive and well-paced service”.
8. Opus Restaurant British, Modern restaurant in Birmingham 54 Cornwall Street - B3
Located in the Colmore District, this “warm” brasserie garners nominations both for a top culinary experience and also for being “good for business”: winning features include accomplished modern cuisine with well-priced wine flights and a “good ambience without pretension”.
9. The Orange Tree International restaurant in Chadwick End Warwick Rd - B93
2018 Review: “A menu with wide variety” (including a good selection of pizza) and “buzzy atmosphere” help win good all-round marks for this relaxed, contemporary-style country gastropub.
10. Adam's British, Modern restaurant in Birmingham 16 Waterloo St - B2
“No need to go to London restaurants that so often disappoint!” – Adam & Natasha Stoke’s “beautiful restaurant with a lovely bar and intimate dining area is in a central location that has parking outside”. Its food score remains the highest in Brum (by a very narrow whisker from Purnells) with practically all feedback describing “fine dining at its best” – “no over the top scientific nonsense”, just “food that continues to be innovative, beautifully prepared and presented” and service that’s “professional, never pompous and which knows how to connect without intruding”. “Enjoying the tasting menu downstairs at the chef’s table is a great experience.”
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