Birmingham’s Best Eateries – Our Top 5 Restaurants

Living in Birmingham we are quite spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out. However with 2 small children we are sadly limited to availability of a baby sitter! So we decided that rather than have 3 or 4 meals at £50 a month, we would go out just once and blow the budget!

Finding top restaurants hasn’t proved difficult and we have had some amazing evenings in the past 12 months. Here are our top 5 in and around Birmingham currently:

1: Harborne Kitchen – Harborne

This place really is a gem. The staff are super friendly and we love to eat at ‘The Chefs Table’ and watch everything be prepared. The menu is always exquisite and changes with the seasons. My personal favourite is the watercress veloute – a vivid green, it looks stunning and tastes incredible!

Harborne Kitchen gets the top spot for not only having great food and service but also for being reasonable priced. You can check out their menu Here

2. Carters of Moseley – Moseley

I am always amazed at how small this restaurant is when we walk in – but the staff are so attentive and friendly it makes the whole experience much more intimate.

Very much deserving of its renewed Michelin Star; Carters provides a mouth watering journey through their seasonal menus. Along with the perfect accompaniment of bio-diverse wines – it’s a great opportunity to try something totally new and you are in safe hands with their sommelier.

Personally I can’t get enough of their chicken liver cereal, or any of the delicious snacks on the menu. My last visit I took advantage of their amazing lunch time deal and I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon with friends enjoying 4 courses and a class of wine.

Why not book your table Here

3: Simpson’s – Edgbaston

A beautiful Georgian style restaurant, Simpson’s never fails to disappoint! Having held a Michelin Star for several years the food is as amazing as you would expect.

We visited here in the summer and sat in the gorgeous garden listening to the fountain and enjoying champagne cocktails! My favourite restaurant to visit on those warm evenings by far.

The steak tartare is like velvet and I recommend it if you find it on the menu. But be sure to save some room for pudding because they are always delicious!

Check out the latest menu Here

4: Lasan – Birmingham

Oh what a treat this place is! For high quality Indian cuisine we have found now where finer. There are some unusual and frankly delicious offerings on the menu.

I had the mixed starter to share on our last visit and everything on it was perfection. Although I have to say I struggled to squeeze in my main afterwards. We took our in laws here and they are desperate to go back and try the other things on the menu. Most surprisingly the puddings were great too – my father in law rates the stewed beetroot as one of the best desserts he has had in a while.

I highly recommend checking out the menu and booking a table Here

5. Adams – Birmingham

This was our last stop on our Michelin star journey around Birmingham. It was definitely worth the wait. The restaurant itself is classy, but without being over pretentious. The food is every bit as pretentious as you would expect at Michelin star level. But it’s not all sparkle and no substance.

Beautifully prepared and presented dishes appear and disappear rapidly. Every element of every dish has a purpose and adds another level of flavour. Nothing feels rushed but you’ll look up and realise that you have gone through the entire menu with ease.

It’s not a cheap night out by any means but it’s definitely worth it – check out the latest menu Here

Finding Us, With A Little Help From Just Us Box

I was sent an amazing treat from Just Us Box a few weeks ago. Ok let’s be honest several weeks ago! It has been sat teasing me on my dining table, whilst Mr Pud and I try to find an evening that is ‘just us’. With our work schedules that’s a pretty rare occurrence (I could make a reference to rocking horse dung but you get the picture!)

Finally this week we had two such opportunities. So I dived into the box to see what we would be doing…img_2580The box was themed and had everything you would need for a romantic night of Stargazing! There was a lovely thermos for taking hot chocolate out, the required picnic rug and binoculars. There was also an envelope of activities and some handy conversation starters. The whole date had been planned beautifully, giving both of you a little nudge to help you connect or reconnect in our case.

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All the stuff in the box looked amazing. Everything we would need for a night of stargazing. However, what Just Us Box can’t guarantee is the weather! So in the usual vain of British Summer, it rained. Hard. Both evenings 🙈

I was not to be put off – ok so we couldn’t stargaze as such. We could put down our phones, lie on the blanket with hot chocolate and talk. Like we used to before the children. Just talk. We lit some candles, brought the cushions off the couch and our hot chocolate and we caught up. For the first time in ages! We used some of the conversation starters too. Just to move us off of the constant talk of the children (who doesn’t talk about the kids on date night?!) We also used this cute little jar to remind each other how lucky we are. I think this could become a firm favourite in the future.

Overall it was a lovely evening. OK maybe not exactly what we had planned but isn’t that just the way life goes sometimes? A big thank you to Just Us Box your ideas helped us make more time for each other. I am ever hopeful that we will get out to stargaze soon.

If you fancy trying a Just Us Box head over to their website. You can order a one-off or why not try a subscription for a monthly date night?

*I received the Just Us Box for free in order to complete this review. All opinions contained within are my own *