If you haven’t heard, Birmingham has loudly become one of the most exciting food destinations in the UK. Stirchley, in particular, has more quietly been collecting some of the city’s most interesting restaurants. Be it the pizzeria Alicia’s Micro Bakehouse, umami-packed Eat Vietnam, or beautiful brunch spot Caneat, the area is a must for all foodies.
It’s so beloved that Riverine Rabbit has decided to relocate from South Africa to the Birmingham neighbourhood. Now we’re suggesting the former Cape Town restaurant 6,000 miles just to be in Stirchley, but sitting firmly in such an established hotspot for eateries isn’t a terrible idea. (And we’re reaping the rewards!)
As said, Riverine Rabbit was started in Cape Town, by Ash and her sister, Mandy – but will be spearheaded by Ash and Erin when it opens on Pershore Road in 2024. The restaurant – named after the elusive riverine rabbit from the Karoo Desert, and a nod to its ongoing support of sustainable farming practices – will combine South African flavours with seasonal British produce.
The menu will be made up of 16 small plates, with a heavy focus on wild game, as well as seafood and a substantial vegetarian offering for plant-based guests. Firm favourites from Riverine Rabbit’s recent summer pop-ups will return, including the Crab Muffin. Head chef Ash – who has worked at The Test Kitchen in South Africa and Carters of Moseley – will ensure ingredients are sourced with sustainability in mind.
Ash and Erin, said, “It’s taken a lot of hard work to get here, to say we’re keen to open our doors is an understatement. We’ve worked hard to create an informal space for our guests to enjoy our ethos and food. There’s no pressure or restrictions, we want our guests to order as many or as few dishes as they fancy, and to just come along and enjoy The Rabbit.”
Riverine Rabbit will be open Mondays to Fridays and is now taking bookings from January 5, 2024, but there is a chance it may open earlier – so keep an eye out. Guests will be able to order as many or as few dishes as they prefer, while on Mondays, an affordable Prix Fixe menu of four courses for £30 (with optional add-ons) will be available. The wine list is predominantly South African in origin.
To learn more about Riverine Rabbit head here.