The most important thing to do at Christmas? No, it’s not to buy a Christmas tree. Or get all the familypresents. Or is it to head to the markets and see Christmas lights. It’s to try all the fabulous festive food. We don’t know about you, but we wait all year just to taste all our favourite festive foods. When it comes to Birmingham’s foodie scene this Christmas, it’s certainly the case that the grub is both naughty and nice.
Birmingham imaginative chefs have come up with some bostin creations this Christmas. Taking festive flavours to a whole new level for the occasion. Check out some of the best festive food in Birmingham to try this December, because Christmas food is too good to be reserved for only one day a year.
1. Fat Hippo
Some of the most stonking burgers in Birmingham can be found at Fat Hippo. So of course they’ve got into the Christmas spirit. They’ve produced two (that’s right, two!) Xmas-themed burgers. The Hans Gruber-ger tells us exactly where Fat Hippo stands on the ‘Die Hard is a Christmas movie’ debate. It combines a beef patty withs pork stuffing patty, American cheese, maple-basted Southern fried chicken, cranberry jello and Christmas ‘slaw. A festive overload of flavour.
And for vegans? The Fairytale Of No Pork is a Southern fried plant based patty, deep fried vegan halloumi, cranberry jello, maple fakon and Christmas ‘slaw. Both come with a serving of festive fries. Perfect for stuffing your face next time you fancy bowling this Christmas.
11 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham B2 5RS
Another Birmingham icon no stranger to unorthodox creations, Crazy Pedro’s makes sone of the wildest pizza in town. This Christmas, the Digbeth-based pizzeria is continuing its crazy antics by unveiling a special Christmas pizza topped with a bounty of festive flavours.
The white sauce based pizza, aptly named The Ghost Of Christmas Past(y), features not only classic Christmas dinner ingredients but also some flaky pasties in the form of festive bakes. It is then topped with festive favourites like pigs in blankets, stuffing, cranberry, sage with a drizzling of gravy to finish.
The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham B9 4AA.
3. Cod’s Scallops
For us, fish ‘n’ chips conjures tastes of seaside towns and summer days. It’s not often our go-to when craving something Christmassy. But Cod’s Scallops in Harborne has embraced the festive period with a new menu that has changed our Christmas cravings.
It’s festive food includes battered Brussel sprouts – the only way to east sprouts from now on – deep-fried pigs in blankets, battered stuffing (you’re probably noticing a pattern) and a turkey, chestnut and cranberry pie. Plus plenty more festive foods in Birmingham this Christmas .
85 High St, Harborne, Birmingham B17 9ND
Nothing says Christmas quite like chicken. But fried chicken? That’s new to us. Yardbirds’ fried chicken Christmas dinner is a proper festive feast too: a whole buttermilk deep-fried spatchcock chicken, served with creamy Mac and cheese, slaw, seasoned fries, stuffing balls, corn, pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce, and a massive pot of American mustard gravy.
It’s such a feast in fact that it serves a minimum of four people (£18 per person, and must be pre-booked). So you’ll need to invite your pals along to take on this festive food before December 23. If that sounds like too much to handle, however, try the Good Tidings Brie Bring burger. It is Yardbirds signature crispy chicken thigh burger, topped with brie, bacon and a special carrot, parsnip and sprout salad, dressed with a cranberry vinaigrette.
1505 Pershore Rd, Stirchley, Birmingham B30 2JL
5. Baker St Cakes
It’s not all about the savoury festive food in Birmingham. The second city boasts some impressive Christmassy sweet options to tuck into including baked goods from Baker St Cakes. The Moseley shop is serving decadent, delicious and, most importantly, impressively festive cakes this Christmas.
From a Santa hat-shaped mousse to candy cane macarons, a Rudolf Biscoff Rocher to Christmas pudding, Baker St Cakes is full of festive delights. They are even serving a Christmas-themed afternoon tea this December.
36 St Mary’s Row, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8JG
What is it about pizza that makes any and every topping just, work? At the King’s Heath pizzeria POLI, the pizza chefs have even managed to make Brussel sprouts a hero on their festive menu! Of course, the added chestnuts, Perl Las blue cheese, sage and smoked bacon also go along way to waking this one of the best festive foods in Birmingham.
If you can’t quite stomach a sprout pizza, however, fret not. POLI also has a full Christmas menu to sample. Try the pizza with sage and apricot pork stuffing, caramelised onions, and brie. And why not get a side of woodfired duck fat potatoes, seasoned with orange and Chinese five spice?
21 York Rd, King’s Heath, Birmingham B14 7SA
7. Wayland’s Yard
Wayland’s Yard has built a reputation for speciality coffee, hearty brunches and lunches, and a relaxed atmosphere in Birmingham’s city centre. It’s stacked crumpets have become a regular hangover cure on weekends.
So of course for the festive, they have introduced the Christmas crumpet to help clear you brain fog after the work Xmas party. It consists of eggy crumpets served with breaded pigs in blanket and baked camembert, over a Brussel sprout and chestnut crumb, cranberry jam, root veg crisps and topped with ketchup.
8. The Steamhouse Bakery
A little way outside of Birmingham, it’s always worth the trip to The Steamhouse Bakery to try their bagels. This Christmas they’ve introduced several festive bagels, including The Traditional Roast – with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and crispy onions – and The Vegan Roast.
5A Springside, Redditch B98 7SE