B30, covering Bournville and Stirchley, is Brum's new up-and-coming area with its relaxed vibe and numerous eateries and microbars. Leafy Bournville has always been an iconic area of Birmingham as home to the Cadbury's chocolate factory and Quaker housing, but in recent years it's had an injection of cool, making it a fun place to live, socialise and visit.
Our friend Holly, knows the area well and has compiled a list of some of her favourite places to eat and drink below.
Loaf is an artisan bakery and cookery school which also hosts some great pop-ups by night. I'm starting with Loaf as I feel they put the cool in Stirchley... whether you are picking up some sourdough on a Saturday or getting your Stirchley fried chicken from one of Brummie legend Lap-fai Lee's regular pop-ups, there is ALWAYS a queue and for good reason!
Loaf also offers a wide range of cookery courses, ranging from butchery and knife skills to baking bread, making macarons or learning to cook your own Bao buns, Thali or Dosa.
A small brewery and taproom located very close to Bournville station - the name comes from the fact that the brewery was started in the converted attic of one of the founders. Open on Fridays and Saturdays, they also regularly host live music and street food vendors.
Rowheath Pavilion in Bournville, which was opened in 1924 by the Cadbury family for workers, is now a not-for-profit community centre hosting events ranging from church services to weddings, sports and the Bournville Food and Drink festival. Throughout the summer they hold 'Street Food Fridays' featuring some great local street food traders such as Fat Snags, Full of Chaat and Bournville Waffle Company.
One for any beer fans out there, Cotteridge Wines is a well-known off-licence, stocking over 1,400 bottled and canned beers from all over the world. As if that wasn't enough, they also have a tap room with 14 ales on tap and a courtyard to enjoy them in. No wonder they won 'Best Bottle Shop in England' four years in a row!
The British Oak, the sister pub of The Prince of Wales in Moseley is a grade II listed pub in the heart of Stirchley. It boasts a HUGE beer garden featuring a pavilion and tiki bar serving cocktails made with the best spirits and fresh homemade ingredients such as ginger beer, rhubarb syrup or blueberry jam. The British Oak also hosts regular events such as Caribbean barbecues and a vegan street food event and has several areas which can be hired for private events.
Can Eat is a fairly new addition to the area and is a quirky breakfast, brunch and lunch spot by day and host to more cool pop-ups by night. The menu of the day features an eclectic mix of dishes ranging from toasted banana bread with peanut butter, banana and blueberries to Berkshire pork, stilton and kimchi hash and Gochujang eggs and turmeric fizz. The cakes by Jodie are also beautiful and delicious. They have also recently opened a new outdoor area... Can Eat barbecues I hear you say?
If you can't make it to Can Eat by day, check out one of their pop-ups, they generally involve great food, alcohol and good vibes. Recent examples include a roast chicken and natural wine night in association with Wine Freedom or collaborations with burger legends Original Patty Men.
Established in November 2016, Birmingham Brewing Company brews a range of beers such as 'Pale Brummie', a citrus pale ale to 'Stout Brummie', an oatmeal stout. They also have a tap room (check their website for opening dates and times) with appearances from street food traders such as Full of Chaat and Pietanic. If you'd like to learn more about brewing, Birmingham Brewing Company also run a 'beer school', check their website for more details.
Alicia's Micro Bakehouse started out as a delivery service, but due to popular demand, set up a permanent home on Stirchley High Street. Delicious stone baked sourdough pizzas fly out from the pizza oven at the back of this artisan pizzeria.
A relatively new modern addition to the traditional green in Bournville, Kafenion is an independent cafe serving locally roasted coffee, artisan tea as well as cooked breakfast and Mediterranean brunch items.
Independent confectioner Sweetmeat Inc. sells handmade fudge made in small batches and without any chemicals or palm oil.
Cork & Cage is a neighbourhood bar and eatery serving lambic, wild, sour, traditional and modern beer styles as well as real cider, natural wine and spirits. The menu offers contemporary Turkish dishes cooked up by şımarık.
After running many successful pop-ups across the city, Eat Vietnam has opened a permanent base in Stirchley. Serving authentic Vietnamese food and local beers in simple surroundings, booking is recommended.
A new cocktail bar from a stellar team comprising Jacob Clarke (previously at Speakeasy and Arch 13) and Katie Rouse (formerly of The Victoria and Crushed & Cubed) and Tommy Matthews, former bar manager from The Edgbaston. The drinks are inspired by music with each one inspired by a different song. Mine's a Bamboleo!
Viva la Stirchley, Bournville and surrounding areas!
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