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Harborne Kitchen, Original Patty Men, Adams and Carters were among the big hitters highlighted.


One of the most respected annual dining surveys, Harden's, has put Birmingham restaurants squarely in the national top 10.

Now in it's 27th year, the poll is based 50,000 reviews contributed by 8,500 diners nationwide.

Birmingham has six restaurants on the guide's list of Top Scorers, and two of the city's eateries are featured in the Harden's 100 ranking of the best places to eat in the UK (Michelin-starred Adam's and Purnell's, at 32 and 88).

But the overall scores of all 17 Birmingham restaurants listed were hgh enough to put us at number 5 on the UK leaderboard, ahead of Bristol, Bath, Leeds, Cheltenham and Oxford.

We were tied with Glasgow, and only London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Brighton scored more highly than us.

High praise for Harborne Kitchen

This year's guide also highlighted new and rising talent, as well as more relaxed establishments that still offer a high standard.

Open for just over a year, Harborne Kitchen's brand of casual fine dining won it particularly high praise:

"A new fine dining experience in Harborne. As befits the ambition of chef/patron Jamie Desogus, dinner options include three courses a la carte or delicious six- or -eight-course tasting menus with amazing flavour combinations at reasonable prices for the level of cooking."

Chef/patron Jamie Desogus was delighted when he heard the news, and told us this would be a huge boost for the restaurant and the team (pictured below, with Jamie fifth from right)

"We are thrilled to be included in this years Harden's Guide, While we do not set out for any accolades it does mean a lot when they come in. The best thing about the Harden's Guide is it is voted for by the people that actually matter, and that is the people that fill our restaurant every week.

"Our ethos at HK is to offer value but still offer an experience that people will not forget, and I think that being the top scorer in the under £60 category cements that ethos.

"We are very grateful."

More local favourites that made the list

Original Patty Men, fast becoming a burger institution, was hailed by Harden's as 'Birmingham's best burger' along with a tongue-in-cheek dig at their 'gratingly hip self-presentation.' 

The 'tempting selection of beers from locals Siren Craft Brew' at the restaurant on Shaw's Passage also got an honourable mention.

The Plough in Harborne, a perennial gastropub favourite, made the guide for its 'wonderfuly relaxed yet really lively local' vibes, and for its stone-baked pizzas and brunches.

And Thai restaurant brand Sabai Sabai was also highlighted. The work of owners Torquil and Juree Chidwick (below) was described as 'stylish, modern and upmarket'. They started in Moseley and can now be found in Harborne, the City Centre and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Lasan was rightly crowned 'a distinct cut above the normal Brummie Indian, delivering a a twist with challenging and really different flavours'.

Al-Frash flew the flag for the Balti Triangle and Jyoti Vegetarian was praised for its plant-based South Indian fare.

A total of 17 Birmingham restaurants are featured in the guide, now available online.

Birmingham's Best Restaurants according to Harden's Guide 2018

Above £60

Purnell's Food (4), Service (5), Ambience (4)

Adam's Food (5), Service (5), Ambience (4)

Carters of Moseley Food (4), Service (4), Ambience (3)

Lasan Food (5), Service (4), Ambience (2)

Below £60

Harborne Kitchen Food (5), Service (4), Ambience (4)

Original Patty Men Food (5), Service (3), Ambience (2)

Top 10 UK Cities for Eating Out according to Harden's Guide 2018





Birmingham, Glasgow

Bristol, Bath

Leeds, Cheltenham, Oxford

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Posted by Ahmed Ahmed