Food and drink

Birmingham is famous for its food, we were praised in The New York Times for our dedication to delicious food, and we take that seriously. Birmingham has everything you could ever dream of when it comes to eating, including a chocolate factory! You could say that in our city, food is a way of life.

We are famous for our curries, so if you think your taste buds can take it, explore our Balti Triangle and see how hot you can go. But if spice isn’t for you, there are plenty of mouth-watering independent restaurants you can try, we recommend trying as many of them as you can during your time in Birmingham.

We also have a thriving Chinatown, just a few minutes from Birmingham New Street station. There are plenty of Chinese restaurants from sit-down meals to takeaways and all-you-can-eat buffets. You’ll also find some of nightlife hotspots- perfect if you want to dance off your dinner.

Of course, you can eat as much as you like at our weekly food festival, Digbeth Dining Club. Here you can visit a range of different vendors every week, all of which provide delicious local food; no need to choose a favourite - you can have a bit of everything! Throughout the year, Birmingham hosts a wide variety of food and drink festivals - keep up to date with them all and don’t miss your chance to try something new.

The city also has all the high street favourites to settle your Nandos or Byron burger cravings, so if you just want a quick bite to eat, there’s plenty of choice. In the Mailbox and Brindley Place, you can eat with a view of our picturesque canals, a perfect way to relax after a long day. If you venture to the top of the Mailbox or The Cube you’ll also get stunning panoramic views of the city.

Birmingham has more Michelin starred restaurants than any UK city outside of London. One of our Michelin star restaurants, Adams, was actually ranked in the Top Ten best restaurant in the entire world by Traveller’s Choice.

A little closer to home, just a few minutes from campus; the fantastic boroughs of Moseley and Harborne are both home to some great places to eat and drink. The Plough, in Harborne is a quirky student favourite, and you can pretend you’re somewhere warmer than England in Moseley’s outdoor (heated) Mo-Tiki bar at the Prince of Wales.