To quote that bloke in a fur coat from Game of Thrones: “Winter is coming.”
With the days getting darker and thermostats going higher, Brummys are seeking warming and comforting grub across the city, and what says winter warmer more than a roast dinner. The Sunday lunch is a staple for many of us, but with lots of restaurants, bars, hotels and cafes across the city cooking up a storm why bother making it at home.
Here’s my top 8 venues for all you hungry folk looking for a decent bit of grub come Sunday without the washing up.
The Red Lion – Jewellery Quarter
In my (moderately) humble opinion the best Sunday lunch in Birmingham can be found at The Red Lion in Hockley. Sister to The Lord Clifden – which also does a decent roast – this boozer goes all out come the Sabbath day. Portions are ridiculous, the gravy is incredible and you can mix your meats. Pay extra for the cauliflower cheese side and thank me later.
The Old Crown – Digbeth
This pub has been open since dinosaurs ruled the earth, and every Sunday the team here go all out in the name of roast dinners. The Yorkshire puddings and honey parsnips are perfection and there’s a big selection of meat and veggie options to choose from. These guys also support and feed the homeless at Christmas so they get an extra tick for that.
Hotel du Vin – City Centre
If like me your ideal Sunday involves eating until you require rolling out the door, I highly recommend Hotel du Vin. The legendary lunch, served in the bistro, includes four courses including an all you can eat stop via the French market table, packed with seafood and cured meats. If you like your roast dinner in a fancier environment with some great wine, this is a great shout. More of an event than a pit stop, come hungry and set aside a food two hours.
Pint Shop – City Centre
God bless Brum’s newest addition, found on Bennett’s Hill. Pint Shop is not only serving up some top class pub grub, the Sunday dinners are quite fabulous. The head chef and from Opus and the individual items that make up the roasts are excellent quality. Don’t forget to order the much coveted onion bhaji Scotch egg to start – it’s worth the hype.
Little Blackwood – Moseley
If you like a decent slab of roast beef you can’t go wrong with the Sunday lunch at this new(ish) Moseley restaurant. High quality ingredients, beautiful presentation and warm service makes this a must-try spot for a roast dinner with style. The roast spuds here are dreamy.
Edwardian Tea Rooms – Victoria Square
Perhaps a bit of a rogue option here, but the tea room at the back of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is knocking out some decent roasts, particularly if you’re vegetarian. As well as the usual meat options, this frequently overlooked dining space does a cracking mushroom Wellington. The roast potatoes are top notch too.
Baked In Brick – Custard Factory
A very new addition to the Sunday lunch scene is Baked in Brick, found within The Custard Factory. If you’ve eaten anything from these street food favourites before you’ll know it’s all about big flavours, and this is no exception come the weekend. Every Sunday they offer a meat and vegetarian option and, in keeping with their now permanent bricks and mortar base, all puddings come with proper custard. Pre-booking is utterly essential.
The Plough – Harborne
Undoubtedly one of the more pricy places to have Sunday lunch, The Plough often sells out earlier than the 5pm cut off, so if you want a slice of the action head here early. The beef is served pink or well done depending on your preference, and the homemade gravy is excellent. This place also caters for gluten free roast dinner lovers.
Where is your top pick for the best Sunday lunch in Birmingham? Let me know in the comments.
Disclosure: This post on the best Sunday lunch in Birmingham is not affiliated with any company or venue – all words and photos are my own