The Best Restaurants in Birmingham for Parties
If you’ve got a special occasion looming, and you need a midlands-based venue in which to assemble a posse of revellers, then you’re in luck: there are plenty of restaurants in Birmingham for large groups to celebrate in. Let’s run through some of the town’s most eye-catching venues – whether for a 100-strong wedding reception, or half-a-dozen friends crowded around a miniature birthday cake.
The Birmingham branch of Jamie’s Italian
is open-plan and boasts a little balcony overlooking St Martin’s Square, making it among the best restaurants in Birmingham for parties. What better locale could there be in which to chow-down on high-quality Italian cuisine in the company of friends? If you’re just looking to assemble a few like-minded diners and head out for a quick bite in the middle of the day, the lunch menu is short and sweet, and provides an excellent balance between familiarity and luxury. Would-be patrons are advised to sample an antipasti board or two – they’re something of a signature for Jamie Oliver’s restaurants.
This dainty little French-style eatery is to be found on Gas Street. It’s one of the many canal-facing restaurants in the vicinity of the symphony hall, and so it’s an ideal location for a pre-show meal. The décor is classic, with glossy leather, exposed brickwork, and hardwood floors in abundance, while the menu provides a great deal of depth while maintaining a consistent theme. Whether you’re after boeuf bourguignon
or croquettes de poisson
, you’ll find it at Bistrot Pierre
Right outside Snow Hill Station you’ll find OPUS
. It offers a contemporary dining experience, and yet blends in just enough tradition that you don’t feel lost. If you’re planning a big celebration, then be sure to ask after a private room – there are two of them, each similarly proportioned with room for thirty-two at round tables, or seventy if you’d prefer a stand-up drinks-only reception. If you’ve got more than two-hundred people to squeeze in, you can even book out the entire place – and thus this ranks among the best restaurants in Birmingham for large parties.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
After something a little different? Edgebaston is home to the city’s botanical gardens
– an impressive complex of greenhouses, hedges, and perfectly-manicured lawns that’s home to some seven-thousand different varieties of plants. It’s a popular location for wedding receptions and other private parties, and so if you have a big day to celebrate, it’s an obvious choice. For obvious reasons, the gardens are best enjoyed during summertime, when the things growing there are a great deal more colourful, and the sunshine a great deal more plentiful. Naturally, the botanical gardens are not to be confused with…
Increasingly, we Britons spend our downtime quaffing gin. And with good reason; it’s a great deal less expensive than either vodka or whisky, and it’s a fantastic base for the sort of aromatic, explosive cocktails served at the Botanist
, on Temple Street. It’s a great place to enjoy drinks and a meal, with the ‘hanging kebabs’ being particular favourites, and if you’re so-inclined you can enjoy a cocktail, ale or gin masterclass for around £25 per person.
The Rose Villa Tavern
If your tastes tend a little more toward the homely, then you’ll want to consider a visit to the Rose Villa Tavern
. You’ll find it in the Jewellery Quarter, built into a Grade II listed building. The menu is bursting with American-style options, with burgers and beer available in abundance. But with more than a hundred different vodkas on offer behind the bar, including a few British offerings, there’s plenty for just about everyone with an appreciation of great food and drink.
Staying in the Jewellery quarter, we find the Vaults
. The interior is a thoroughly trendy affair, with exposed brickwork, wooden flooring and purpose-built furniture providing the perfect setting in which to tuck into a three-course menu. Table space is limited, and the restaurant is only open between Wednesday and Saturday, so be sure to book in advance if you’ve a large party to accommodate. For special occasions, why not book a cookery or wine-tasting class?
Harvey Nichols Restaurant and Bar
In the Mailbox you’ll find several offerings from Harvey Nichols
. There’s a wine shop and a food market where you’ll be able to pick all sorts of extravagant ingredients. But it’s the restaurant and bar that’ll provide the biggest draw for would-be partygoers. The restaurant provides a seriously stylish environment in which to enjoy a range of well-executed favourites. You’ll be able to enjoy a degree of privacy thanks to leather banquette booths, or even more if you choose to hire out the private room.
If you just fancy a round of drinks in the bar, however, you’ll be able to enjoy an enormous range of spirits and cocktails – all of which are displayed in oval-shaped display cabinets overhead. With a selection of dishes from the restaurant being available in the bar, you’ll have everything you need to enjoy a perfect evening out.
We’ve run through some of our favourite restaurants in Birmingham for large groups, but if you’re looking for something a little different, why not read our round-up of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Birmingham
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