Birmingham in UK’s top ten cities for eating out

Birmingham has secured fifth place in the latest edition of Harden’s Best UK Restaurants 2017.

This annual guide is based on one of the country’s most detailed surveys of regular restaurant-goers. In Harden’s 26th poll of diners 7,500 participants contributed 50,000 reviews for food, service and ambience.


Congratulations to top scorers Adam’s, Carters, Lasan and Original Patty Men with 5/5 and Al Frash, Gourmet Burger Company and Jyoti with 4/5.

The full listing of Birmingham restaurants (including a new entry for Rofuto) are:

The Karczma
Opus Restaurant
Purecraft Bar and Kitchen
Purnells Bistro
San Carlo
Turners at 69


Midlands Gourmet Girl update

I have changed the blog slightly by deleting the Competitions, Drinks and Profiles pages, but don’t worry I will now be incorporating these features into the Home / news page.

Table setting

I’ve also added a new Table Talk page, with weekly updates on the best deals and incentives from local restaurants, bars and hotels. This week you can find out how to get 20% off at Turners, £10 off the Olly Smith Wine Dinner at Hotel du Vin and 15% off your bill at Opus restaurant in Birmingham.

Birmingham serves up second food fest

The city’s tastiest festival Birmingham Food Fest will take place on from 13th – 19th July, returning after last year’s inaugural success with a week-long menu of food-filled events and restaurant offers throughout the city centre.









Ann Tonks, Managing Director of Opus Restaurant said: “This year, Birmingham Food Fest will launch with the Colmore Business District Food Festival  – a celebration of 24 food and drink venues in the city’s commercial heart. The businesses will be serving taster options priced from £1.50 to £5 in Victoria Square on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th. Confirmed stalls include;

Anderson & Hill


Chi Bar

Hindleys Bakery

Metro Bar & Grill

Opus Restaurant



The Old Contemptibles

The Square Peg

Thistle Birmingham City Hotel

Urban Coffee Company.

There will be a programme of live cooking demonstrations from top chefs in the quarter, including Glynn Purnell of Purnell’s and David Colcombe of Opus Restaurant (pictured above).

Another highlight of the Birmingham Food Fest is the Birmingham Chilli Festival in Brindleyplace. My partner is one of the fifteen people taking part in the chilli-eating competition, so I’ll be standing by with iced drinks (and a camera to record the pain)!

Seasonal sourcing wins a ‘Big Tick’ for Opus







Opus restaurant in Birmingham already has a three star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association and it has now been awarded another accolade for its sustainable business operations.

For its commitment to sourcing in-season produce, developing young chef talent of the future and its wider fundraising work in Birmingham, Opus will receive a ‘National Big Tick’ from Business in the Community.

Ann Tonks, managing director of Opus, said: “We launched seven years ago with the aim of running a business with strong core principles which guided everything we did. We wanted an exciting, vibrant menu which changed daily depending on what was in season and available at the market that morning – an ethos we still stick to today.

“We have proven that it is possible to operate ethically and sustainably in a financial climate which is extremely challenging not only for the restaurant sector but the larger economy as well. We certainly saw a hit to our trade following the banking crisis in 2008, but have refused to compromise our responsibility credentials.

“Needless to say, the entire team is incredibly proud to receive formal recognition of the passion, soul and energy which goes into serving Birmingham’s business community great meals every day!”

Opus is now being considered for the overall national winner of the Santander Responsible Small Company category of the awards, which will be announced on 27th June in London.