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Dine Hub’s Recommendations for Outdoor Dining and Drinks


If you’ve been frantically reading and researching the government’s new three tier Coronavirus system, and have found yourself wondering, ‘So, what am I actually allowed to do in Birmingham?’ We have the perfect suggestions to stay safe, but to still have fun.


Birmingham has been placed on tier 2 (‘high’ risk), which means that restaurants and bars will not only continue to close at 10pm, but you also won’t be able to meet people you don’t live with (except support bubbles) inside for dinner, or for a drink at the pub. This will be imposed on top of the national ‘rule of six’ and, the ban on mixing with households in private homes.


While you’re not allowed to meet other households indoors, you can take advantage of the Autumnal sun and meet your friends and family Al Fresco – outside, as long as you adhere to the ‘rule of six’. 


The Distillery

Recognised as one of Birmingham’s best Gin Distilleries, The Distillery is conveniently located near Brindley Place, on the canal. This prime location encouraged the bar to take full advantage of the picturesque surroundings, with their spacious courtyard providing the perfect area for social distanced meet ups!


Chung Ying Cantonese

Chung Ying is described as a ‘buzzy venue’, and with hundreds of authentic Chinese dishes, 40 types of dim sum and an impressive outdoor dining area, what’s not to love? Here, you can treat yourself and 5 others to variety and enjoy a Cantonese banquet. 


The Canal House

Another one for canal lovers, The Canal House boasts an outdoor space for dining in the sun with good food and better company. So, head to The Canal House for a delicious dining experience with your friends and family.


The Highfield

One taken from our Guide to Edgbaston, The Highfield needs no introduction. Whether you’re visiting for their classic daily menu, or attending one of their ‘Fish Supper Friday’ events, you’ll have the option to dine Al Fresco in their spacious garden.


Hop Garden Harborne

In the heart of Harborne, Hop Garden is a pub like no other, with their specialist bottled beers sourced from the UK, Europe and around the world. Whether it’s a European bottled beer, cask ale, or craft keg beer you’re drinking, you can do so in the pub’s beer garden with up to 5 other people.


The Physician

The Physician prides itself on being a traditional pub, serving authentic food and cask ales. While you can cosy up to the fire indoors with those in your bubble, you can also visit The Physician safely with others in their impressive outdoor dining space.


The Bracebridge

While the Bracebridge is located outside of the city centre, the trip to Sutton Coldfield is worth it to be able to enjoy the unique dining experience on offer. Found next to the Bracebridge pool, you can soak up the Autumnal sun with everything from Honey Glazed Duck to the classic Fish and Chips.


The Button Factory

The Jewellery Quarter’s hidden gem – The Button Factory, is said to be the hippest hang out in the area. Their new outside space, The Yard, is a must visit for those wanting the luxury of quality food with friends and family (outside of your bubble).


The Old Crown

The Old Crown is Birmingham’s oldest pub, situated close to the city centre in Digbeth, and what’s a pub without a beer garden? The traditional décor inside contrasts against the vibrant feel of the beer garden, making a social distanced trip here essential.


Craft Dining Rooms

Potentially one of the most Instagrammable places in Birmingham, Craft is not only renowned for its ground-breaking chef, Andrew Sheridan, but it’s unique outdoor dining, which will provide you and up to 5 others with your very pod. So, whether you’re looking for a garden picnic, afternoon tea or, an evening meal, head to Craft!


Moet Terrace Edgbaston Boutique

The Moet Terrace – need we say more? The terrace bar at the Edgbaston Boutique doesn’t just have a luxurious name, which is clear from the chic seating, embroidered cushions and extravagant cocktails. Head to the Moet Terrace to indulge in luxury, while being sensible and staying safe.


Sky by the Water Secret Garden

The perfect venue for family groups or social bubbles, the Secret Garden is delicately designed with flowers and greenery to encompass the intimate feel terrace bars often lack. The addition of cosy pods makes this bar perfect for all weathers, especially those chilly October evenings.


Taste Collective in Mell Square

If you’re passing through Solihull, a pit stop at Taste Collective in Mell Square is essential. Described as ‘a unique social eating and drinking concept’, you can expect a different bunch of traders serving cuisines from around the world, including Italian, Japanese and hearty street food. With a rustic outdoor dining space, you can rest easy knowing your friends and family will be dining safely.



A firm favourite for dining Al Fresco is Piccolino, with their generous outdoor seating area making your dining experience both safe and luxurious. The offers at Piccolino are yet another reason to visit this authentic Italian restaurant - whether you're visiting for their 50% off offer from Monday-Wednesday, or Family Sundays, you're guaranteed to grab a bargain!


Gentleman and Scholar at Hyatt Regency

The Hyatt Regency Birmingham is not only the perfect spot for a staycation, but also a socially distanced get together with friends. The bar, Gentleman and Scholar, boasts a spacious terrace with impressive midweek deals, from Mojito Mondays, to Thirsty Thursdays! Head to their website to plan your visit.


The Malt House

The Malt House is a traditional pub with all the necessities for dining al fresco, including a spacious beer garden perfect for social distancing, a fully stocked bar and delicious pub grub. Boasting everything from traditional pies to Sunday roasts, the food is guaranteed to keep you toasty!


Posted by DineBirmingham