Eating & Drinking inThe Midlands

Time spent in Birmingham is bound to be delicious. The UK’s second city rocks and rolls with great places to eat, from the ambitious, bold flavours coming out of Jamie Desogus’s Harborne Kitchen (so good it has won the Midlands Best Local Restaurant award) to the consistent brilliance of places like Purnell’s, Simpsons, Carters of Moseley, and Top 50 restaurant Adam’s. A new addition to the Guide this year, Folium, should also be on everyone’s to-visit list because of its strong ingredient-led cooking and fresh, contemporary vibe.

Away from Birmingham, there are Midlands thrills aplenty. Head to Nottingham where the food at Sat Bains fizzes with world-class skill, invention and flavour. Make a date with Alchemilla, also in Nottingham, to taste the exciting food of our 2019 Chef to Watch, Alex Bond, who has brought an impressive pedigree to his first solo venture. Meanwhile, over in Shropshire, Ludlow ups its culinary credentials with no fewer than three new entries – Mortimers, Old Downton Lodge and Forelles at Fishmore Hall. In the Cotswolds, the  talented kitchens of The Lygon Arms in Broadway, and The Royal Oak in Whatcote are creating inspired food from the very best ingredients, and serving everything in a welcoming, convivial space – what more could you ask for?

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