There’s a reason that Birmingham is considered a top destination in the UK for foodies. It is the birthplace of the Balti curry, home to many Michelin-starred restaurants, and carries a fantastic street food scene too. But even we were surprised to learn the winner of SquareMeal’s UK Top 100 for 2023 was based in Solihull.
The list is unique in the sense that it excludes London’s restaurants, casting more light on the rest of the UK’s dining scene. And it was Birmingham’s Grace & Savour, based in Hampton Manor, that came out on top. An idyllic countryside retreat, it offers a fifteen-course tasting menu. All served from an open kitchen, with a commitment to locally-grown, ethical and bio-diverse ingredients.
Head chef David Taylor only opened Grace & Savour in February of last year, but has quickly become “a gleaming jewel with a very bright future,” according to SquareMeal. Its immersive dining experience not only offers a tasting menu but also allows guests to tour the garden before tucking in. Followed by an overnight stay and the chance to experience the restaurant’s cookery school.
“We’re sending huge congratulations to all 100 restaurants featured in this year’s list, with special mention to our winner Grace & Savour,” said SquareMeal’s Head of Content, Caroline Hendry. “Who greatly impressed us with their celebration of local produce and resources – even their crockery is made from local clay. While the seasonal menu packed full of local produce really blew us away.”
Which other Birmingham restaurants made SquareMeal’s UK Top 100?
SquareMeal’s UK Top 100 also featured four other Birmingham restaurants. The Michelin-starred and one of Birmingham’s best halal restaurants, Opheem came in seventh for pushing “the boundaries of Indian cuisine.” The Wilderness (61) in the Jewellery Quarter was noted for being “inventive, surprising and exciting.”
While the city centre’s Adam’s Restaurant (65) succeeded to “excite guests with his meticulous preparation and cooking of high-quality, seasonal ingredients.” Lastly, one of Birmingham’s original stars – and the flagship of David Taylor’s former tutor – Purnell’s featured at 72.