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The Jewellery Quarter is home to an eclectic mix of swanky bars, micro-breweries and traditional pubs. Whether it’s sipping margaritas on The Button Factory’s rooftop terrace, or tasting gin in 40 St. Paul’s, the world’s best gin bar in 2019, the Quarter can offer a nightlife that’s a refreshing alternative to the busy city centre.
The Quarter is also home to a plethora of cafes and restaurants with food from all over the world, from mouth-watering street food at Indian Brewery through to fine dining experiences at The Wilderness, Folium or Michelin starred Opheem. And with a range of cuisines and prices, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.
The Wilderness - The Wilderness is the Jewellery Quarter restaurant from Alex Claridge serving playful and provocative food within multi-course menus, based on seasonal and wild produce. The restaurant has been awards 3 AA Rosettes and a Michelin plate for good cooking. Open for dinner from Wednesdays to Saturdays and for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays only.
Indian Brewery - Birmingham is renowned for its Indian cuisine, and Indian Brewery is no exception. Not only does this independent restaurant offer a great menu of Indian street food classics, but they also serve their very own craft beers, which have been brewed in small batches by the friend and family team. Known for their Indian fish and chips and fat naans, this Livery Street hotspot is definitely worth a visit.
Folium - Restaurant Folium is a Modern British Restaurant, situated just off St Paul’s Square, on Caroline Street in Birmingham. Opened in November 2017, the restaurant is co-owned and run by Ben Tesh and partner, Lucy Hanlon. Their cooking style is simple, with clean flavours using the highest quality of ingredients from sustainable and ethical suppliers. The menu will largely be determined by what ingredients are obtained on that day.
Opheem - Aston-born Aktar Islam is at the helm of this Michelin star Indian restaurant. Inspired by the food he ate growing up with immigrant Bangladeshi parents, the kitchen uses 'progressive Indian cooking', grinding its own spices and using techniques like pickling and fermenting to produce dishes with distinct, defined flavours. The eight-course tasting menu is recommended to experience Islam’s full repertoire.
Urban Emporiums JQ - Renowned for their brunch options, whether you go for the pancake special, a halloumi wrap or avocado on toast – you will not be disappointed! Coupled with perfectly foamy coffees and a plethora of tea options. Hit them up for lazy weekend mornings soaking up the sun and good vibes on the Golden Square with a friend.
Saint Kitchen - Doughnuts and bagels, is there anything better in life? This independent cafe in the hear of Saint Paul’s Square serves up both in abundance, with a plethora of toppings and flavours. Grab a cup of coffee or loose leaf tea and have a seat with views of the historic Saint Paul’s Church. Currently open for takeaway & delivery but keep an eye for re-opening dates.
Coffee Tales - Renowned for their cakes and sweet treats – all made in house – this beloved JQ cafe has been busy delivering cakes for takeaway and delivery! The perfect place to grab a cuppa and a snack and have a seat outside to catch-up with a friend. Especially good for any vegan friends & family.
Damascena - The mixed mezze platter, need we say more? The JQ branch of this renowned Birmingham chain opened 2019 serving up classic middle-eastern food and sweets in their gorgeously decorated restaurant. Still open for take-away and delivery, we look forward to using their outdoor seating soon to snack on a falafel wrap in the company of friends.
Lunchi - Situated in the heart of the JQ on the Golden Square for the last 30 years, Lunchi have made a name for themselves a menu that changes daily featuring classics like pies and frittata as well as their legendary sandwiches and baguettes! Stay tuned for their re-opening dates and a chance to do some people spotting on the Golden Square.
The Hive - The Hive is a social enterprise project which provides healthy food and work experience opportunities to students from next doors Argent College. They have their very own rooftop ‘microfarm’ that sits above the kitchen and bakery. The rooftop garden also supplies to Argent College, Moseley Farmers’ Market, the public and also sells to local businesses.
The Button Factory - If you say rooftop chances are we will respond with “Button Factory”? The original rooftop destination spot, this lively venue on Frederick Street offers fantastic views of the JQ. The roof-terrace, plus their two beer gardens, makes The Button Factory a top contender for re-opening drinks with mates – now taking bookings from 12th April onwards.
1000 Trades - bringing a new lease of life to a listed building, this classic pub puts community at the heart of everything they do. From serving local beer, to being a food hub for Slow Food JQ and hosting music and comedy nights. Planning to reopen on 17th May so keep an eye on their social media for updates.
The Rectory - Classic pub grub in a cosy JQ courtyard, the stuff of dreams! The newly revamped menu features everything from burgers and sandwiches to nibbles and small plates. A full range of beers are on tap and the cocktail menu is extensive. Open from 12th April onwards, so book a date and grab your best friends for some quality catch-up time together!
Saint Paul’s House - a boutique hotel, restaurant and bar, Saint Paul’s House is ready to welcome you in 2021 for all your UK Staycation dreams! For now bookings are open for their sunny courtyard where guests can enjoy Bottomless Brunch and gorgeous Sunday Roasts together.
The Jewellers Arms - This cosy classic pub features a fireplace and upholstered seats on the inside, serving a huge range of hand-pulled beers, gins and wines. Their perfectly located outdoor picnic tables will soon be heaving with regulars and visitors alike enjoying a pint in the sunshine. Keep an eye on their social media for official opening dates.
The Wolf - Craft beer Nirvana! The amazing folks behind The Wolf have channelled all their energy and expertise into creating possibly the best craft beer shop we’ve ever seen. We can’t wait for the doors to open so we can enjoy a cold pint in the sunshine alongside some pies, or the wine & cheese platter, with some much-missed friends.
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