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AA Notable Wine List 2017-18
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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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Aspirational city dining in a Georgian mansion

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At a glance

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

The large white Georgian house on a corner in Edgbaston may not be quite what first-timers are expecting to find in Birmingham, but Simpsons has been quite the beacon for aspirational dining in the city for many years. Extensive upgrading to the in-house cookery school in 2017 has been one focus, while in the kitchen, the emphasis remains on cutting-edge modern British cooking that utilises trending ingredients and techniques in thrilling profusion. A six-course tasting menu is at the core of operations, and might progress from a duck egg in carrot broth with hen-of-the-woods, pork fat and nasturtiums, through lobster and Evesham tomato in tomato and coriander tea, to a fish offering of wild sea bass and mussels with stem broccoli and sunflowers. Pedigree meat may well be Cornish spring lamb with its sweetbreads, new season's Wye Valley asparagus, hazelnuts and sheep's curd, with a duo of desserts to follow, concluding perhaps with milk sorbet, crispy rice and malted milk cream. The shorter lunch drill is built around lighter main dishes such as gurnard with lovage, yeast flakes and beans, or chicken with chicory, anchovies and olive sauce. An intelligent wine list is arranged by grape variety, with a good spread by the glass.

Opening hours

  • Closed: Bank holidays
  • Days closed: Monday
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Andreas Antona, Luke Tipping, Nathan Eades

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 5
  • Wines over £30: Over 20
  • Wines by the glass: 14

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 70
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 14
  • On-site parking available
  • Off-site parking available: On street

Additional information

  • Seats: 70
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 14

Getting here

1 mile from city centre, opposite St George's Church, Edgbaston

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Birmingham New Street
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