Check out this month’s food and drink must-visit list.
Fancy trying something new this month? Brum is brimming with new openings. From self-dispensing wine bars (yeah you read that right!), to some of the finest fish and chips around, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking your next food and drink adventure. So, without further ado, here’s our guide to some of the very best new restaurants, bars and cafés to try in Birmingham this October.
Multi award-winning wine bar brand Vagabond has set its sights on Birmingham to launch its first bar outside of London. They will be bringing their notorious self-dispensing wine machines to the city, no doubt delighting the self-professed connoisseurs and oenophiles that find themselves passionately deliberating over smoky notes and earthy aromas every weekend. The doors to this Birmingham-based wine wonderland are set to open on October 22nd– an autumnal debut for Vagabond’s first venture away from home. If you’re looking to make a withdrawal, there will be over 100 wines available to try, not to mention self-serve craft beer and a variety of cocktails on the menu.
Vagabond, 92-98 Colmore Row, B3 3BD
Bringing the beat of New York to Brum, the much-anticipated cocktail bar Manahatta will open next month and it promises to deliver a party atmosphere which cannot be contained. Opening its doors to the public on October 16 for walk-ins, the bar will feature live entertainment from DJ’s and musicians to truly celebrate the weekend in style. At Manahatta you can enjoy supersize sharing cocktails, cocktail trees and their famous Manahatta Spritz magnums! And those looking for a classic cocktail can enjoy their freshly made Pornstar and Espresso Martinis on tap.
Manahatta, 10 Temple Street, B2 5BN
Back in March, we were saddened to hear that Little Blackwood in Moseley would be closing their doors. But we’re now happy to hear that the team behind Little Blackwood will be re-opening in the same venue as the newly rebranded Le Petit Bois, French for “the little wood”. Taking on a French twist, Le Petit Bois will be serving some unreal seafood dishes such as Jersey Rock oysters with shallot vinega; Moules marinière served with petit pain; as well as ‘Fruits de Mer’ featuring a whole lobster, crab claws, langoustines and spiced potted shrimp to share. You’ll also find comforting autumnal dishes like coq au vin or creamy risotto with aged Comté and truffles. You can book a table for lunch or dinner at Le Petit Bois Wednesday to Saturday from October 20.
Le Petit Bois, 145 Alcester Road, Moseley Village, B13 8JP
4. The Rainbow
Iconic Birmingham pub, The Rainbow, is making a highly anticipated return on October 2. It’s been a longggg time. But now, the time has come to breathe life back into the legendary pub once more. The original Rainbow pub dates back to 1767, and over the last 250 years there have been many incarnations. However, finally The Rainbow has been lovingly restored, and it’s ready to take its rightful place once more at the heart of Digbeth nightlife with UK touring bands, plus The Rainbow’s house band Urban Jukebox, performing at the venue. And another exciting edition to The Rainbow is that BA-HA will be running the street food menu serving hearty Sunday roasts (Guinness gravy you say?), brunches, late night bar food and more.
The Rainbow, 160 High Street, B12 0LD
There’s something fishy about Birmingham as another fish and chip restaurant is opening up this month. Located in Harborne, this fine chippy allows you to pick your fish or seafood of choice, followed by how it’s cooked such as battered, BBQ spiced or baked in garlic, lemon and herbs. The Cod’s Scallops offers over 20 species of fish daily including the likes of whole Cornish sole, sea bass, monkfish and sustainably caught sashimi grade tuna, alongside fish and chip shop favourites cod, haddock and scampi. As well as fish and chips, the restaurant serves seafood platters featuring prawns, mussels and oysters; homemade pies; sides such as battered halloumi and black pudding fritter; and flavoured butters like potted shrimp, lemon and dill or sriracha, lime and coriander. Plus, the restaurant’s Nottingham branch is award-winning having won the National Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award in 2020, so Birmingham is in for a treat.
The Cod’s Scallops, 85-85A High Street, Harborne, B17 9ND