All that listening, reading and writing is sure to make you hungry. If you fancy stretching your legs between performances or grabbing a bite to eat, we put together this blog of some of our favourite spots in the city.
If you haven’t been to Birmingham in a while, I’m sure you’ll find that the city has changed drastically. There are more new pubs, restaurants, bars and quirky cafes than you can possibly imagine. Since Waterstones is right in the heart of the city centre, most of these are within an easy 10 minute walk of the venue. If you’re not sure where to go, grab a Verve volunteer who will be happy to point you in the right direction.
Tilt – Tucked away in a side street near Waterstones, Tilt has coffee, a selection of craft beers and, surprisingly, a lot of vintage pinball machines.
Faculty – You won’t find another cafe that obsesses over coffee like Faculty. Small but perfectly formed, swing by this cafe in Picadilly Arcade for a quality latte. 14 Piccadilly Arcade, B2 4HD.
Yorks Bakery Cafe – Cosy and inviting, Yorks serves up fantastic coffee, tasty treats and a delightful brunch menu that will set you up for the day. 29/30 Stephenson Street, B2 4BH.
Edwardian Tea Rooms – A true hidden gem. Located in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, this is the perfect spot for a cuppa and people-watching. Chamberlain Square, B3 3DH.
(Image credit: Independent Birmingham)
Waterstones Cafe – Serving up hot drinks, coffee, pastries, soups and sandwiches, there are two bookseller-run cafes in the store.
4023 – Quite possibly one of our favourite lunch places in the city, 4023 does a roaring trade in delicious grilled Mediterranean wraps. 34 Stephenson St, B2 4BH.
Sixteen – (Pictured) Right next to Faculty in the Picadilly Arcade, Sixteen has beautiful cakes, light sandwiches and salads in their one-stop-lunch-spot. Menu changes daily.
BrewDog – Next door to The Stable is famous punk brewery Brewdog – stop here for excellent beers and bar snacks.
Anderson and Hill – Our favourite deli is located in the beautiful Great Western Arcade by the Cathedral. Admire the various meats and cheese on offer, and pick up a gourmet sandwich or salad box for lunch.
LEON – London’s favourite healthy fast food restaurant is now in Birmingham, serving up salad boxes, wraps, treats and drinks. Grand Central/New Street Station.
SOMETHING MORE SUBSTANTIAL
Original Patty Men – (Pictured above) There’s a reason they have a cult following. Located in the railway arches by Moor Street, these are hands down the best burgers we’ve ever had. Ever. Krispy Kreme donut burger anyone? 9 Shaw’s Passage, B5 5JG.
Tonkotsu – Step inside Selfridges’ Food Hall for a big hearty bowl of ramen that will warm you up on a wintery February evening.
Yakinori – Head upstairs in Grand Central to this independent for delicious (and reasonably priced) Japanese food. Limited seating in their impossibly tiny open-air shop, but they do a killer £5 lunchtime takeaway option. Grand Central, above New Street station.
Pure Bar – Gastropub and brewery serving up a range of tasty, tasty beers and pub classics with a twist. If you haven’t tried their mac and cheese, you haven’t lived. 30 Waterloo Street, B2 5TJ.
The Stable – 30 seconds walk from New Street, The Stable is a friendly place famous for great pizzas, pies and ciders. 115 John Bright Street, B1 1BE.
Turtle Bay – Further along from BrewDog is this jamming Caribbean bar and restaurant. Go for the tropical cocktails, stay for the goat curry. 81-91 John Bright St, B1 1BL
Bodega – If you can wrangle a table, their South American food and lively atmosphere is well worth the wait. 12 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham B2 5RS
Lost & Found – Quirky cocktails and British classics done well, in a beautiful former bank building. 8 Bennetts Hill, B2 5RS.