Friday, 4 August 2017

Where To Eat In Birmingham

The Custard Factory & Digbeth Dining Club
The Custard Factory is in Digbeth, about ten minutes walk from the city centre. It houses a variety of pop up shops from art exhibitions to vintage stores, so there's always somewhere new to try. The Custard Factory also hosts regular foodie events such as the Birmingham Coffee Festival, which cost £6 entry to try unlimited free coffees from loads of coffee brands around the city, accompanied by fabulous sweet treats from independent bakeries. Just around the corner at Spotlight is the Digbeth Dining Club, where different street food vendors gather every Friday and Saturday - my faves so far have been mac 'n' cheese topped nachos and battered halloumi with chips.

Natural Healthy Foods Buffet
Natural Healthy Foods is a vegan, gluten free cafe and shop opposite The Mailbox in the city centre. I love the buffet here because they have loads of dishes to help yourself to, then your meal is priced based on the weight of your plate so you can have as much food as you fancy. The best dishes here are the sushi (obviously) and the cauliflower 'cheese', but the range of vegetable curries, salads, pastas and snacks have all gone down very well. Classic Anna, pushing The Vegan Agenda without even being vegan yet, sorry.

Quarter Horse Coffee House
I'm going in for a bold claim here, but I think Quarter Horse makes the best coffee in the city - and you know I've tried A LOT of coffee shops. It's an unassuming hipster kind of place, near the O2 Academy. As someone who tries to avoid cow's milk, I love Quarter Horse because they offer soya, oat, coconut and almond milk, for only 10p extra. Their coffee is ground in house to create the smoothest velvety blend, served in a cute glass by super friendly staff. They also have every Instagram brunch you could want and a different selection of cakes every time.

Cafe Soya
Cafe Soya stands out amongst the 973(ish) restaurants in the Chinese Quarter because they have a HUGE vegetarian and vegan selection, with alternative options to everything on the meat menu. The large restaurant area is pretty average but for a reasonably priced takeaway, this a great option to suit all. I'm a big fan of the crispy 'duck' pancakes, 'chicken' skewers and battered 'fish'. You'll also find sharing platters, Vietnamese dishes and a range of bubble teas (some vegan!). 

I'm always on the prowl for new eateries, so let me know any other recommendations! For regular recommendations you can follow my foodie Instagram @AnnaBarnardWright.