Birmingham certainly has its fair share of Michelin star restaurants — an award that foodies value above all others. Altogether, there are five Michelin star restaurants here, and they’re all relatively affordable considering the high standard of cooking on offer. They all have one Michelin star and, to win one of these, they have to offer food that is well worth a visit.
Although most people can’t afford to eat at Michelin star restaurants on a regular basis, there are ways to limit the cost. For example, it could be worth checking out the set menus. If you’d rather try as many options as possible then the tasting menu is always a good bet, and there are also wine pairing options at most of these restaurants (although opting for this is likely to cost you just as much as your meal does). Alternatively, you can always buy your wine by the glass, so you can enjoy as many (or as few) as you like.
If you’re vegetarian or have food allergies or intolerances, calling the restaurant as soon as you have booked a table is vital, especially if you’re opting for a tasting menu. As for dress code, the cost associated with visiting a Michelin star restaurant means that people often dress up when they visit. However, the majority of customers will be dressed smart-casual. The waiting staff tend to be very friendly and down-to-earth, so you can settle in and feel comfortable at one of these fancy places.
So, without further ado, here are Birmingham’s Michelin star restaurants:
1. Carters of Moseley, Moseley ⭐
At Carters of Moseley, each dish is comprised of a handful of key elements. This allows for the flavour of each ingredient to speak for itself and enhance the flavour of the other ingredients, without one overwhelming the other. Chef and proprietor Brad Carter is a self-taught, Birmingham native and his aim is to take the customer on a ‘culinary adventure’, having eaten something that they couldn’t have made at home.
Dining at lunchtime will cost you £90 for seven courses and for an evening meal it will cost £125 per person for nine courses. All in all, that is quite inexpensive for a restaurant with a Michelin Star. Of course, the menu changes from season to season, but you can expect to eat some delicious seafood and game with homemade bread, as well as an indulgent dessert. Alternatively, they have a vegetarian menu but you should call in advance if you require this. You can book a table here.
Carters of Moseley, 2C Wake Green Road, Moseley, B13 9EZ
2. Simpsons, Edgbaston ⭐
In the leafy suburbs of Edgbaston sits a Georgian mansion that houses Simpson’s restaurant. We’ve all seen plenty of exposed brick walls in restaurants this past decade, but this exposed brick wall is made from stones which are synonymous with the countryside. Huge glass windows line the walls so that you can enjoy your meal looking out onto the beautiful garden in the leafy Edgbaston.
There are a grand total of six menus available at Simpson’s, one of which is a children’s menu. The lunch menu is £55 for three courses and £75 with three glasses of wine. Then there’s the lunch tasting menu, costing £125 for eight courses. The evening menu costs £95 for three courses and then there’s a tasting menu for £125. There is also a plant-based tasting menu available for £115. Depending on which menu you opt for, you can expect to eat the likes of monkfish, venison and cured salmon.
Additionally, the Eureka kitchen at Simpson’s offers customers a hands-on experience, learning how to cook the amazing food they serve. After the class, the chef cooks the rest of the meal in front of the customers and it is served then and there. This experience will set you back £195 per person and, if you’re up for it, they recommend booking at least eight weeks in advance. Book this experience or reserve a table here.
Simpsons, 20 Highfield Road, Edgbaston, B15 3DU
3. Adam’s, Waterloo Street ⭐
Adam’s is only seven years old but, in those seven years, it has managed to obtain a Michelin star. The restaurant is sleek, sophisticated and comfortable. It’s named after the chef, Adam Stokes, who runs the restaurant with his wife, Natasha. They clearly have some skill with seafood as The Oyster Club in Birmingham is another of their endeavours. The Oyster Club, although so far lacking a Michelin star, is another amazing restaurant worth trying — it has already won itself a spot on the Michelin restaurant guide.
The pricing is similar to Simpson’s but they have just one lunch menu, a taster menu and à la carte menu. It’s £115 for the tasting menu here, or £85 for a meal from the à la carte menu. For lunch, you can get three courses for just £45 and five for £65. There are vegetarian options available, but it’s advisable to call in advance if you have any dietary requirements. On the menu at the moment is scallop tartare, veal sweetbread and Goosnargh duck, amongst many other delicious dishes. You can book a table on their website.
Adam’s, New Oxford House, 16 Waterloo Street, B2 5UG
4. Opheem, Jewellery Quarter ⭐
Opheem is the only Indian restaurant in Birmingham with a Michelin star, and it’s well deserved. It is owned by chef Aktar Islam who is an Aston native. The restaurant uses exciting methods to create its dishes, grinding down fresh spices and some of the recipes are modelled on the chef’s mother’s recipes. If you’re a Great British Menu fan, you may recognise the ‘Kekda Kerala’ dish as the 2011 (series six) fish course winner — and if you’ve ever eaten at Pulperia in Birmingham, you may even be familiar with Aktar Islam’s cooking.
There are five menus at Opheem — one à la carte lunch menu, an à la carte dinner menu and three tasting menus. Lunch will cost you £45 for two courses or £55 for three. Dinner is £60 for three courses, or you can always get the tasting menu, which is £95 for five courses or £115 for ten., plus a vegetarian menu is also available. All in all, it’s pretty inexpensive for a Michelin star restaurant.
You can expect to eat food from all across India, Pakistan, Persia, Bangladesh, Turkey and Afghanistan. Any Indian restaurant is likely to feature dishes from across Asia, but here the origins of the dish are clearly stated in its name, which makes for an interesting and intriguing experience. You can book a table on their website.
Opheem, 48-65 Summer Row, B3 1JJ
5. Purnell’s, Cornwall Street ⭐
Chef Glynn Purnell is famous amongst foodies as having won Great British Menu twice and also for having mentored in the show. Anybody who watches Saturday Kitchen will recognise him instantly as the Brummie with the beard who cooks some delicious-looking food. Although there are other influences on his cooking, the restaurant focusses mostly on British fare. The carpeted, comfy restaurant has a cosy, homely yet still sophisticated feel to it. Lunch is £45 for three courses or £55 for five, including servings of fish du jour, chicken liver parfait and slow-cooked daube of beef. The ‘Burnt English Egg Surprise’ dish, which won Great British Menu in 2008, is on the à la carte lunch menu, which costs £75 and features nine different dishes.
The tasting menu is £99 for nine. The menu features dishes from the other menus and it’s perfect if it’s your first time eating at a Michelin star restaurant. You can book a table on the website.
Purnell’s, 55 Cornwall Street, B3 2DH