A new year only means new opportunities and, most importantly, new places to eat. There are some brilliant restaurants in Birmingham, but soon they’ll be even more amazing places to eat at. While many of us are watching our wallets a the moment, these new restaurants in Birmingham opening soon are going to be well worth treating yourself to.
Birmingham is already blessed with two Rudy’s Pizza locations. But this July, the relaxed and traditional pizzeria will open a third location in Harborne, taking over the former Hawkshead bar. Rudy’s uses 24-hour fermented dough and high-quality ingredients imported from Naples – including San Marzano tomatoes and Fior di Latte mozzarella – in all its pizzas. It will also be giving away thousands of free pizzas when it opens. Learn more here.
2. The Mayan
Birmingham’s newest Mexican restaurant, The Mayan, will offer a fine dining experience like nowhere else. Opening at The Mailbox this July, diners can expect a fusion of traditional Mexican dishes with a contemporary twist. Expect everything from fine-dining-style tacos and empanadas to Mexican stews and ceviche. Meanwhile, a curated selection of mezcal and tequila-based cocktails should quench your thirst.
3. Restaurant At The Woods
Another new opening coming to The Mailbox this July, Restaurant At The Woods will bring a passion for the wilderness. Soon residents of Birmingham will also find some much-needed peace in nature, in the City Centre. It will focus on serving great, forest-inspired food as well as cool cocktails and drinks at the bar. Expect a menu full of ingredients foraged from the woods, while the interior will look like one giant woodland. To create a unique experience and get people of all ages to be excited about the beauty of nature, The Woods will also reflect the changing seasons throughout the year.
While it was sad to see The Edgbaston Hotel close, we couldn’t think of a better team to take over the space than Qavali. Travelling the breadth of the Ottoman Empire, the Indo-Persian fine dining restaurant serves culinary specialities from across Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Persia, and India. Renamed Baloci, it is described as “paying homage to the bold and brave Baluchi culture and heritage.” The Baloch people are native to the Balochistan region which encompasses the countries of Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan. Bacloci is described as a “boutique hotel, fine dining restaurant and cocktail lounge” and will open in November.
The most Instagrammable cafe in the world, or so claims EL&N, is coming to Birmingham later this year. This stunning cafe – with locations in London, Edinburgh, Milan, Paris, Dubai and beyond – will be arriving in the West Midlands for the first time at Bullring & Grand Central. It should become instantly iconic thanks to its flower walls, pink interiors, stunning latte art and delicious patisserie. It will serve delicious drinks, grid-worthy cakes, plus all-day brunch selection and afternoon tea options.
6. Low N Slow
Andy Stubbs, better known as Andy Low ‘n’ Slow, arguably put Birmingham’s street food scene on the map. His unique brand of Texas via Brum BBQ and modern Mexican food over the last 10 years has built him quite the following. Last August, he gave up his spot at Hockley Social Club to launch Low ‘n’ Slow’s debut restaurant in the Jewellery Quarter. Diners should expect both new dishes and old favourites, such as tacos, smoked and flamed seasonal veg, and, of course, ribs and brisket. While news around this opening has quietened down in recent months, we’re still hoping it opens in Birmingham soon.