Although only reserved for a few months of the year, balmy, elongated summer evenings in Britain make for perfect alfresco dining. Most would agree that nothing beats a leisurely sunset stroll followed by a delectable dinner a la riviera style.
Based on tips from the staff at our Birmingham stores, we’ve compiled an eclectic mix of the trendiest and quirkiest outdoor restaurants Birmingham has on offer. We want to thank the teams at our Birmingham Central, Selly Oak, and Erdington self-storage facilities and everyone else for their input.
Here are our suggestions for popular outdoor restaurants in Birmingham, sorted by area and postal code.
The Distillery, formerly the Fiddle and Bone, has a massive courtyard, making it perfect for social distancing. The combination of comfort food and unique gin drinks makes it one of the top outdoor restaurants Birmingham has to offer. Similarly, the 300-year-old Bell Inn next to St. Peter’s Church in Harborne has a large outside terrace overlooking an old bowling green. Their signature “hunters chicken” is a favourite among the locals.
The trendy Button Factory is one of the city’s best-loved rooftop spots. Featuring heated outdoor seating, it’s a firm favourite with the city’s cool, creative crowd. They offer late-night dinner and cocktails as well as a bottomless brunch over weekends.
Some of the popular restaurants that are currently open in the Birmingham/West Midlands area include:
Set against the picturesque backdrop of the historic Sutton Park, The Terrace at The Bracebridge is a great place to take in the beautiful views of the Bracebridge Pool. The scenery makes the venue a perfect spot on a bright summer’s day.
On the other side of the scale is Chakana, Birmingham’s first Peruvian restaurant and the brainchild of Michelin-starred Peruvian chef Robert Ortiz. For a more intimate dinner, try Zen Metro, which offers a fusion of traditional and contemporary Thai cuisines.
Should tapas-style dining be your thing, our team recommends Rico Libre. They offer a relaxed, homely ambience and serve their tapas with a French twist.
Seen as the UK’s second city, Birmingham has a diverse food culture, ranging from pocket-friendly eats to the ultimate in fine dining. It boasts an unusually large concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants, which should appease the more discerning diner.
Likewise, there are countless laidback and themed restaurants, cafès, and pop-ups in Birmingham that will send you into comfort food bliss. So, take your pick, choose the right day, and book a spot at one of the outdoor restaurants Birmingham and surrounds have available.
Live music is finally back after the lockdown was lifted, and toe-tapping is back on the menu. Some of the vibiest bars, pubs and clubs offer live music nearly every weekend.
Birminghams’ local talent produce some of the best musicians in the industry. Thanks to regular outdoor live music, The Canal House is perfect for waterside eating and drinking. The Stable and The Old Crown are also hugely popular outdoor venues to discover Birmingham's local music talent.