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New Restaurants Birmingham will welcome in 2016 range from community baking spots to elite hotel diners.


In 2015 you couldn't move for new restaurants. Birmingham was teeming with them.

But as the city's big year drew to a close, it became apparent that 2016 would be no different.

Buoyed by increasing confidence in the city, restaurant and bar operators are rushing to stake their claim in Birmingham.

Last year saw the arrival of national brands like The Cosy Club, Giraffe and The Botanist.

This year local independents will be competing for elbow room with larger operators eyeing Birmingham as the next city on their hitlist.

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The Grand Hotel will be the 'Grand Central' of 2016, ushering in a new set of venues who had given the city a wide berth until now.

The trend for South American food will loom large, with new Argentinian and Brazilian spots likely to be open in time for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

And we haven't seen the last of street-food-goes-indoors.

More mobile traders will follow the example of Original Patty Men and secure a permanent location this year.

16 New Restaurants Birmingham will welcome in 2016

By that, we also mean bars, cafes etc. Anywhere to eat or drink...

1. Adam's

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The man who brought Birmingham its 4th Michelin star is about to move to a larger premises on Waterloo Street.

Adam Stokes specialises in expertly crafted, often molecular, gastronomy using traditional British flavours and ingredients in different ways.

The new venue opens on January 22 and is the permanent follow-up to the '2-year pop-up' on Bennett's Hill.

Read our review of Adam's restaurant

2. The Alchemist

Having tested the waters with The Botanist last year, the Living Ventures group is now bringing The Alchemist to Birmingham.

The glamorous chemistry-themed cocktail bar does a roaring trade in Manchester. Will Birmingham receive it as enthusiastically?

Read about sister venue The Botanist.

3. Anthony Demetre

The Birmingham chef has achieved multiple Michelin star success in London, and has decided the time is right to set up in Birmingham.

Anthony Demetre heads up Wild Honey and Arbutus in London.

More about Anthony Demetre's plans for a new restaurant 

4. Be at One

There will be a new cocktail bar at Piccadilly Arcade (next to the Burlington Arcade by the New Street entrance.

Be at One already operates across London and in Bath, Brighton and Reading.

Our sources reveal they are hitting up Birmingham in summer 2016.

5. Le Bistrot Pierre

Tuck into French cuisine when the Nottingham-based eatery takes over a Grade-II-listed canalside property on Gas Street.

The historic building will be the setting for Gallic prix-fixe lunches and a la carte menus.

Check out Le Truc - a French restaurant already open in Birmingham

6. Casanova's Kitchen

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Birmingham doctor Luca Laghi is on a mission to bring authentic Italian cuisine to the former site of Love's Restaurant in Canal Square.

He's enlisting the services of Guido Mori, a chef haling from Tuscany. But the real secret weapon is _la mamma - _Luca's mom is flying in from Bologna to help manage the kitchen!

The latest is that we can expect a February or March opening.

Have you seen? 10 Best Italian Restaurants in Birmingham

7. CAU

CAU is not just an edgy spelling of cow; it stands for Carne Argentina Unica ('unique Argentinian meat').

Competition then, for Fiesta del Asado, currently the only spot in Birmingham serving Argentinian-style steaks and meats.

They will be at Three Brindleyplace, opening in autumn 2016.

Read our review of Fiesta del Asado - Birmingham's first Argentinian steakhouse

8. Gusto

Another Italian is coming to town, joining The Grand Hotel complex set to open on Colmore Row this year.

Gusto already has outlets in Scotland and the North, and is hoping to make its mark in Birmingham.

9. Harborne Kitchen

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The Butcher's Social was a rough-and-ready wings joint in 2015 that was never meant to last long.

But the local chefs behind it soon gave into popular demand and extended their run right up until New Year's Eve.

But now they've closed doors in order to realise their original goal - a fully-fledged restaurant called Harborne Kitchen.

Read more about the plans for Harborne Kitchen

10. Park Regis Hotel

For too long a depressing hulk looming over Five Ways Island, the new

But £50 million is set to transform it into a luxury hotel with a glass-walled cocktail bar on the sixteenth floor.

There will, of course, be a restaurant as well. The hotel is taking bookings from March 2016.

11. Peakys

With a tagline of 'urban cocktails, beer and beats', it could only be Digbeth for this new bar.

Set to open at the end of January, the spot will serve cocktails and craft beer, and have a street art theme.

Also in Digbeth - the new Original Patty Men restaurant.

12. Peel and Stone Community Bakery

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The Soul Food Project, the company behind Peel and Stone bakery and The Church Inn, is planning to open a new bakery in Harborne in 2016.

The new project will be housed at the corner of High Street and Albert Road, in the historic district of Harborne in South Birmingham.

Described as a ‘community bakery', the company's forthcoming outing is still in the early planning stages, with no date set for opening.

Read the full story on the new bakery

13. Primitivo

The development of Colmore Row complex The Grand forced Primitivo bar to close temporarily.

But owners are taking the opportunity to revamp and expand, with the restaurant area set to almost double in size.

A grand opening is planned - stay tuned.

14. Viva Brasil

The Bennett's Hill area became a hotspot for eateries last year, with the arrivals of Buffalo & Rye, Amantia and Cosy Club to name but a few.

Viva Brazil will soon join the party, serving steaks and meats churrascaria-style (grilled and served to you at the table).

Read about Rodizio Rico, Birmingham's Brazilian steakhouse at The Cube.

And two more in the pipeline...

We've been sworn to secrecy until the plans are final, but here are a couple of hints:

15. A much-loved Asian food restaurant (a local independent) is planning to open its very own cocktail bar.

16. One of Birmingham's most popular street food vendors is very close to opening a permanent restaurant.

More on both once things are finalised. Enjoy 2016!

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Posted by Ahmed Ahmed