Welcome to life after lockdown.
Sometimes, we have a moment thinking- “is this really happening?” Finally, we can now see the light as restaurants are back in full swing and capacity once more, yet this will also see the arrival of a number of brand new restaurants and bars opening their doors for the first time ever this month. So, without further ado, here’s our guide to some of the very best new restaurants, bars and cafés to try in Birmingham this September.
We might be land-locked here in Birmingham but new opening Fillet of Soul is bringing the sea to you with their impressive fish and chips menu. Their f
Fillet of Soul, 11 Bennetts Hill, B2 5RS
Birmingham’s independent Mexican street food restaurant, Habaneros, who have had a van chilling on Temple Row have taken the plunge and opened their very own permanent venue. Located in Great Western Arcade, they will be serving up burritos filled with the likes of chicken tinga, beef brisket, veggie chilli and pulled pork. Their menu also includes a range of burrito bowls and tacos plus chicken, pulled pork, chilli beef or standard nachos which are served with cheese, fresh salsa, jalapeños, hot sauce, guacamole and sour cream. Plus, Habaneros make their very own sauces ranging from mild chilli lime mayo to ultra hot sauce known as Project X, and you’ll also find classics such as sweet chilli, chipotle BBQ and habanero too.
Habaneros, Unit 3, Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU
3. Stir Stores
Bringing plenty of funky feels to the streets of Stirchley is Stir Stores. The new venue says “bespoke neon is our thing and we can make any area look bad boy.” Stir Stores serves up beer, cocktails, coffee, ice cream and cake surrounded by an eclectic décor that just somehow works, plus you’ll even hear music from the decks situated on top of a retro washing machine. Casual. As well a smattering of their collectibles in the bar and garden area, Stir Stores has two rooms located on the first floor of the building full of delights for sale by appointment only .Their showroom ‘upstirs’ has loads of cool furniture and quirky curiosities so you can bring some of the Stir Stores vibes back home with you, plus simply message them on Instagram for more details and prices before popping along to collect.
Stir Stores, 1469 Pershore Road, Stirchley, B30 2JL
4. Fox & Chance
Located on Pinfold Street, this long-anticipated bar is finally opening this September. Fox & Chance has been teasing some of their cocktails on social media including one of their original creations you’ll be able to find on their menu soon. Known as The Flip the Pip, it’s described as “a smooth and creamy cocktail and a decadent treat for any time of the night” and features a mix of banana-infused rum, maple syrup and stout. Fox & Chance will also be serving classic and mouthwatering cocktails such as daiquiris and espresso martinis, plus local beers by Birmingham Brewing Company, surrounded by a wooden interior creating a cosy feel.
Fox & Chance, 45 Pinfold Street, B2 4AY
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.
6. The Exchange
Owned by the University of Birmingham, the Birmingham Municipal Bank has had a makeover which features a brand new cafe as well as a hub for the university’s research. This gorgeous former bank in Centenary Square has been brought back to its Grade II listed glory and is open to everyone to come and see the research carried out by the university. And of course pop in for a spot of tea and cake! There’s no need to book, just turn up, step inside the bank’s old vault, and admire the mesmerising ceilings as you sip on a coffee or tea. Why not learn something new on your visit by heading to The Exchange’s first exhibition in the new building, known as ‘The Air We Breathe’? Here you can discover how the university’s air pollution research is making a difference.
The Exchange, 3 Centenary Square, B1 2DR
7. Lulu Wild
Birmingham isn’t short of quirky and eclectic brunch options, but now Lulu Wild is one of the latest new bars and restaurants arriving this September here to serve an unbelievable bottomless brunch and more. Boasting neon lighting and an atmosphere reminiscent of China’s downtown streets, Lulu Wild promises to embody the refinery and elegance of modern Chinese culture with the adventurous spirit of Birmingham. Opening this month, the bar and restaurant will span two floors and provide an epic bottomless brunch experience featuring decadent and mouth-watering cocktails. Taking inspiration from both ancient Chinese style and contemporary cuisine, signature dishes at Lulu Wild will include the likes of black truffle roast duck with shimeji and roast free-range chicken in satay sauce.
Lulu Wild, Unit 7 & 8, The Waters Edge, Brindleyplace, Broad Street, B1 2HL