When it comes to the best restaurants in Birmingham, there are plenty to choose from. Birmingham has five Michelin-star restaurants (six if you include Solihull) – more than any other UK city outside London. But there are plenty of fantastic cheap eats in the city too. But if you’re on the lookout for something in between, what are the cheapest Michelin Guide restaurants in Birmingham?
Offering a bit of luxury that doesn’t break the bank, Michelin Guide-approved restaurants can tick both boxes. (These are restaurants where the inspectors found the food to be well above average, but not quite at star or Bib level.) If you’ve got a special anniversary coming up or are just in the mood for a fancy date night, take a look at the cheapest Michelin Guide restaurants in Birmingham.
If you’re on a meat-free diet, look no further than Land. The focus at this fine dining restaurant is on using seasonal vegetables to create colourful plates, proving meat doesn’t always have to be the star ingredient. Expect only seasonal plant-focused dishes inspired by flavours from around the world.
Michelin Guide says: “This intimate restaurant is set in the Great Western Arcade in the heart of the city; ask for a seat at the raised rear table overlooking the open kitchen to watch the chefs at work. The seasonally evolving set menu offers modern vegetarian dishes with Asian influences and a creative edge. Wine flights are available – and a friendly team see to your every need.”
Land, 26 Great Western Arcade, Colmore Row, B2 5HU
2. Plates by Purnell’s
The Yummy Burmmie’s latest offering to the people of Birmingham is Plates. Glynn Purnell shows off his love for northern Spain and tapas, serving “small plates, great wine and cocktails.” It’s ideal for all, whether you want to stop in for a quick bite and a glass of wine or after a full evening experience of high-quality dining.
Michelin Guide says: “Choose your selection of small plates from a seasonally informed menu filled with tapas favourites like gambas, croquetas and patatas bravas. Quality cooking runs throughout, with the well-executed dishes showcasing excellent flavour combinations and seasonings. The added bonuses of welcoming service and good value for money could help to make this your new neighbourhood go-to.”
Plates by Purnell’s, 119 Edmund St, Birmingham B3 2HJ
Birmingham’s first Peruvian restaurant, Chakana provides dishes designed for sharing in a relaxed environment. So it’s not only one of the cheapest Michelin Guide restaurants in Birmingham, but it’s also a one-of-a-kind experience. Chakana is also home to one of the largest ranges of pisco (a Peruvian spirit) in the country. So expect a meal that packs a punch with plenty of flavour and colour.
Michelin Guide says: “This former bank has all the ingredients for a fun night out with friends: a lively laid-back vibe, great modern Peruvian food and one of the largest ranges of pisco in the UK. Cooking is punchy, vibrant and colourful, and dishes such as ceviches, tiraditos and causas are perfect for sharing.”
Chakana, 140 Alcester Rd, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8HT
Heavily influenced by Italian street food, Tropea uses only the finest, seasonal ingredients, either from Milanese markets or local suppliers. While each plate is designed around a star ingredient, be it braised octopus or aubergine parmigiana. Expect plenty of fresh pasta, seafood and regional specialities, from fresh day-boat fish to venison.
Michelin Guide says: “A bright, modern neighbourhood restaurant serving flavourful, fuss-free Italian sharing plates. Let the staff guide you when it comes to ordering – but make sure to include some of the homemade pasta, which is a highlight. There’s a concise list of well-priced Italian wines to accompany your meal, and the buzzing atmosphere and friendly service add to the appeal.”
Tropea, 27 Lordswood Rd, Harborne, Birmingham B17 9RP
5. The Boat Inn
Set in the heart of Lichfield, with a focus on modern British cuisine from an open kitchen, The Boat Inn is a gem on the outskirts of Birmingham. Chef and owner Liam Dillon has transformed the gastropub since 2017 into an award-winning fine dining delight. Set menus offer either four- or six-courses, with menus changing with the seasons. It also boasts an alfresco terrace to enjoy small plates with drinks in the summer.
Michelin Guide says: “This old roadside hostelry is personally run by chef-owner Liam and the wine list features bottles from his father’s vineyard in France. Shelves burst with goodies which are showcased in refined, modern dishes and the tasting menu lists some luxurious ingredients. In summer, find a spot on the canopied terrace.”
The Boat Inn, Walsall Road, Lichfield, WS14 0BU, United Kingdom
What are they putting in the water in Lichfield? This tiny town boasts not one but two of the cheapest Michelin Guide restaurants near Birmingham. Providing elevated versions of classic pub dishes, like ham and pineapple, Sunday lunch, and jerk chicken, Larder serves a classic and ingredient-led dining experience. This chic restaurant keeps it simple but doesn’t miss the mark.
Michelin Guide says: “‘All flavour, no pomp’ is the tagline at this relaxed, warmly run restaurant – and that’s exactly what you’ll get. Sit in the boldly decorated first floor restaurant or book a seat at the chefs table to be close to the action. Attractively presented modern dishes are sure to satisfy.”
Larder, 17 Bore Street, Lichfield, WS13 6LZ, United Kingdom
7. The Mount
Straying even further out of Birmingham into Henley-in-Arden, we couldn’t skip over one of our own’s amazing pubs. Another joint by Glynn Purnell, The Mount provides a proper pub experience with Michelin star expertise. Whether you want a full restaurant experience, classic pub food or simply a refreshing drink at the bar, The Mount provides.
Michelin Guide says: “Glynn Purnell’s characterful beamed pub is set in one of the UK’s prettiest high streets. The modern renovation has been beautifully done and, while the elegant bar offers a great atmosphere and some bar snacks, diners should head to the bistro to enjoy everything from burgers and their signature black pudding scotch egg to Wiltshire pork cutlet with sauce charcutière and some moreish smoked mash. Prices are keen and service, on the ball.”
The Mount, 97 High Street, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5AT, United Kingdom
The cheapest Michelin Guide restaurants in Birmingham are all classified as ‘a moderate spend’ by the Michelin Guide, to learn more head here.