BIMM Cities

Best places to eat in Birmingham

3rd January 2019


If you’re anything like us, you’ll definitely want to know where the best places to eat and drink are near BIMM Birmingham. From the oldest pub in the city to hip and happening brunch spots and so much more, here are our favourite places for a bite to eat and drink in Digbeth!

The Old Crown / Cafe 1368

The Old Crown – Birmingham’s oldest pub – may be known for its alcoholic offerings, but it also packs a pretty mean lunch. Head on down to Cafe 1368 at lunch time for some of the best home cooked food in the city, including hearty winter warmers, fresh salads, paninis and so much more. The Old Crown is also the perfect place for an after college pint or weekend get together.

The Ruin

The Ruin is our nearest and dearest place to hang out. Inspired by Hungarian ruin bars and the industrial heritage of Digbeth, this cosy pub channels eastern European delicacies, like goulashes and stews, while its drinks menu offers an impressive selection of continental beers and classic cocktails.


Kanteen has well and truly changed the face of a Brummie brunch. Situated in the Custard Factory, Kanteen offer aesthetically pleasing, intricately prepared and daring takes on classic British staples, such as apple, hazelnut and black pudding on sourdough toast. Fancy something on the go? Their hot boxes offer some of the most flavoursome food you’re likely to try.

Digbeth Dining Club

Purveyors of street food and all things independent, Digbeth Dining Club has it all. Taking place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday across Mama Roux’s and Spotlight on Lower Trinity Street, DDC helps local traders make a name for themselves in the city with everything from dripping burgers to fluffy tempting waffles on offer. Some traders have even managed to open up a permanent restaurant as a result of their success at DDC!

Baked in Brick

One of those traders is Baked in Brick, who now have a permanent home in the Custard Factory! At Baked in Brick, award-winning street food trader Lee Desagnes creates artisanal pizza infused with more flavour than you can shake a stick at and combines it with killer charcuterie, cheese boards, craft beer and cocktails. What more could you want?

The Spotted Dog

If you’re looking for one of Digbeth’s more traditional boozers, The Spotted Dog is for you. Located on Warwick Street, this Irish pub offers live folk, blues and jazz music throughout the week and is the perfect place to enjoy a bit of craic.

Apocalypse Cow / Ghetto Golf

Last but not least is Apocalypse Cow, which can be found inside Ghetto Golf. Claiming to dish up the ‘best hand pressed burgers in the world,’ Apocalypse Cow have brought their take on BBQ street food to Birmingham and it’s enough to make your mouth water at the thought of it. From loaded fries and nachos to stacked burgers and mac ‘n’ cheese bites, you’ll probably want to have everything. All at once.



Richard Franks

Richard Franks - Editor of Counteract Magazine. Counteract Magazine is an online magazine dedicated to local music for Birmingham and the West Midlands.