Eating & Drinking inThe Midlands

The Midlands are home to some of the UK’s most spectacular destination restaurants. Right at the top of the scale, Nottingham’s Restaurant Sat Bains delivers some of the most intelligent, extraordinary cooking of recent times, while in Rutland, Hambleton Hall offers a first-class classic country house experience showcasing Aaron Patterson’s produce-led cooking. Stratford-upon-Avon is fortunuate enough to lay claim to this year's Best New Entry, with chef Paul Foster's Salt thrilling diners with its forward-thinking combinations and electric flavours.

Great pubs serving traditional ales and hearty food are to be found throughout the region: The George at Alstonefield, Staffordshire, the Samuel Fox Inn, at Bradwell in Derbyshire, and the Venture In at Ombersely in Worcestershire are great examples. Meanwhile the highly-acclaimed Cross at Kenilworth successfully blends pubby relaxation with high-end eating. Could this be the future of fine-dining? The area also boasts good quality, reliable restaurants that are a treat to visit, among them No. 3 the Yard in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Goldstone Hall in Market Drayton, Shropshire, and Warwickshire favourites Tailors in Warwick and Cheal’s of Henley.

The Midlands’ major city is Birmingham, whose population of over one million makes it the largest metropolis outside of London – and one of the best-served for excellent restaurants. Since Andreas Antona moved Simpsons from Kenilworth to Edgbaston in 2004, the number of destination restaurants has grown to include the bewitching Adam’s, showing flashes of culinary brilliance not far from New Street station, and long-standing favourite, Purnell’s.

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