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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Artfully presented contemporary dishes full of surprise

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

Adam Stokes' smart modern restaurant in expansive premises near the city Museum and Art Gallery pushes all the right up-to-the-minute buttons. Not only is there a chef's table adjacent to the kitchen, but dishes arrive on patches of grass or in trays of gravel, the successive stages of the multi-course tasters ramping up the surprise quotient as they arrive. Expect foraged ingredients to crop up here and there, when hen of the woods mushrooms appear with a pairing of veal sweetbread and black pudding, as well as combinations of meat and seafood such as octopus and chorizo with avocado and garlic. Some dishes sound almost provocatively classical, such as the corn-fed chicken that comes with morels and truffle, although presentations remain highly innovative, while lamb might turn up in Asian guise with wild rice, seasoned with miso. Desserts retool the populist likes of cheesecake with flavours such as elderflower, apple and ginger, or turn sticky toffee pudding into something unexpected with smoked lemon syrup and vanilla cream, and there are Lincolnshire Poacher butter and smoked pork fat for spreading over the excellent breads. Wine flights with the tasting menus make the most of a resourceful main list of quality bottles that finds room for Devon Bacchus, Portuguese Loureiro and Austrian Blaufränkisch.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 2 weeks in summer, 3 weeks at Christmas
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Adam Stokes

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 10
  • Wines over £30: 180
  • Wines by the glass: 22

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 34
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16
  • Off-site parking available: On street

Additional information

  • Seats: 34
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16

Getting here

In Birmingham city centre, 2 minutes walk from New Street Station

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Birmingham New Street
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