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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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Leading culinary light in Edgbaston

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

The gradual evolution of Simpsons has been one of the more fascinating trajectories of the Birmingham dining scene over the years. Housed in a Georgian mansion in well-heeled Edgbaston, it has been made over into a thoroughly modern dining space, all wood and stone textures in an expansive airy room that looks out on to the landscaped garden. There's also a chef's table in the middle of the kitchen action, and the Eureka development hub, where members of the brigade are encouraged to unleash their creative skills. The result is cooking of bright, sculpted flavours and inspired combinations, as in the opener of pork cheek in smoked eel cream garnished with crisped onions and chicory, and mains such as Skrei cod with burnt leek, monk's beard and truffled potato purée, or cheek and bavette of Aberdeenshire beef in a charcoal emulsion with salsify, nasturtiums and shallots. Taster menus distil the carte into seven stages of loveliness, ending perhaps with passionfruit curd and yogurt sorbet, followed by Guanaja chocolate with blood orange and burnt marmalade ice cream.

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

  • Chef(s): Luke Tipping

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 4
  • Wines over £30: Over 20
  • Wines by the glass: 23

Price guide

  • 3-course lunch from: £45
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

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

Getting here

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

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Birmingham New Street
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