Other than the UK capitals, Birmingham boasts the most Michelin stars of a city. No mean feat, when you consider that the West Midlands was far from foodie a decade ago. Luckily, that’s all changed and the region is packed with gourmet gems just waiting to be discovered.
The West Midlands stretches from Gloucester up to Staffordshire, between which you’ll find an artisan brewing culture that continues to thrive. Byatt’s Brewery and Stourbridge-based Enville Ales are just two such businesses which are doing well. Typhoo tea is produced in the city of Birmingham, but you’ll find numerous farms and producers in the region’s rural areas. Sketts Farmers Market moves around the region, from Coventry to Solihull, selling fabulous produce from the surrounding area. But as I mentioned, it’s Birmingham’s restaurants that are really changing the face of the area.
Britain’s second most populous city is home to Glynn Purnell and his namesake restaurant Purnell’s, which has retained its Michelin since 2009. Simpsons is run by the charismatic Andreas Antona, mentor to many a West Mids chef. Turner’s in Harborne retains its Michelin star and three AA rosettes again for 2015, while Adam’s is the award-winning result of much hard work by Adam Stokes. The Cross in Kenilworth, which looks set to win awards aplenty, is certainly one to watch. The area’s food scene is constantly buzzing, with food events, festivals, markets, new blogs popping up and plenty of foodie news.
From the towns of Dudley and Wolverhampton, the West Midlands Safari Park, Edgbaston Cricket Ground and Cadbury World, to the Library of Birmingham and the Birmingham Rep, there’s plenty to see, do and eat in the West Midlands.