The leafy suburb of Edgbaston, which is less than two miles from the city centre, has a growing selection of lovely places to eat, drink and stay.
We were given the chance to stay in Edgbaston for a night last summer and took the opportunity to check out some of the great venues in the area.
The High Field is a real all-rounder - it boasts a buzzing bar, stylish restaurant, two private dining rooms, a spacious beer garden AND two terraces. They serve food all day, from delicious breakfast and brunch dishes to lunch, dinner and possibly the best Sunday roasts you'll find in the city.
As well as the two private dining rooms, for larger parties, meeting or training sessions you can hire The High Field Studio, a versatile space which can hold up to 80 people standing or 60 seated. Need to stay over? The High Field Townhouse is just next door, more about that below...
One of the first places you'll come across on your way into Edgbaston is Laghi's Deli. Owned by Dr Luca Laghi, who also somehow finds time to be a consultant at the QE hospital, Laghi's serves authentic Italian food, wine and coffee.
The menu, created by head chef Maria Lagalante (who trained at Michelin-starred Locanda Locatelli), offers Neapolitan style pizzas, homemade pasta dishes and Italian desserts, all made with the freshest seasonal ingredients. Laghi's can also provide catering for outside events with their mobile pizza oven (called Luigi!).
Loki, the award-winning wine merchant based in the Great Western Arcade, has recently opened a second, much larger, branch in Edgbaston. As well as offering the same incredible range of wines and spirits to buy and sample (via their Enomatic wine tasting machines), the spacious new store offers craft beers on tap and a selection of meat and cheese tasting boards to graze on.
Seating up to 72 people, the new site can also cater for private tastings for up to 40 guests.
From the exterior, The Edgbaston blends in with the rest of the buildings on Highfield Road... Step inside however and you'll find three luxurious art deco style cocktail lounges complete with award-winning and inventive bartenders. The extensive cocktail list features drinks made with the best spirits and mixers and often include quirky touches such as lollipops, edible flowers and gold coins.
The afternoon tea at the Edgbaston is legendary (so make sure you book ahead), and they have recently launched a post-work Aperitivo menu with cocktails for just £8 and complimentary cheeses and small bites.
El Borracho de Oro, when literally translated means "The Golden Drunk", an expression in Spanish which refers to the person who gets drunk on the fine wines - definitely our kind of place! The family-owned restaurant serves authentic tapas dishes and an all Spanish drinks list. Can't decide which dishes to try... why not go for one of the set menus offering a selection of classic tapas dishes?
El Borracho also runs paella nights every Tuesday (we advise pre-ordering your paella before your visit) and a great value lunch deal with three tapas dishes for £9.95.
Simpson's is a fine dining restaurant housed in a Georgian townhouse which has held a Michelin star since 2000. They offer both tasting and a la carte menus with matching wine flights and have an easily affordable lunch menu at just £45 for three courses.
Want to learn the tricks of the trade? No problem, book yourself a place at their Eureka Kitchen to learn how to cook and present some of their signature dishes before you get to sample your creations as part of a three-course lunch at the Chef's table.
Just minutes from the city centre, The High Field Townhouse is a 12 room boutique hotel in a converted Victorian villa. The spacious en-suite rooms have been lovingly decorated in soothing tones and feature all of the latest technology. The High Field Townhouse has a very relaxed vibe - you won't need to check in or take a room key here, as you'll be emailed a code a few days before your stay which allows you to access the main door and your room. The 'reception' area is actually an inviting sitting room with complimentary Nespresso coffee and an 'Honesty Bar' if you want to partake in an after dinner drink or two.
The Physician is a relative newcomer to the area (having opened in late 2016) but has already been recognised as the ‘Best Pub in the County’ at the 2018 National Pub and Bar Awards. The pub’s name is a nod to the fact that it was once the home of the Birmingham Medical Institute and, as you would expect of a building commissioned in 1863, it is full of character with high ceilings, sash windows and open fires in the winter. The enormous bar serves 8 local cask ales, a 50 strong wine list while the food offering ranges from light bites and sandwiches to classic comfort food.
The Physician also boasts two private rooms, each seating up to 16 for more intimate events and a large beer garden.
As always, if you have any suggestions for additions to the list, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We were invited to stay in The High Field Town House and to enjoy a meal at The High Field. All other meals and drinks described above were paid for by The PA Guide.