If you’ve not been to Kilder in Digbeth yet you’re seriously missing out. Like, seriously.
From the brains behind Original Patty Men, Kilder is a beer, cider and natural wine bar serving up some knock out food and booze under a railway arch. With a snack menu including doorstop cheese toasties, pork pies and plates of cured meats it’s a (massive) step above a bag of bacon fries with a pint of Carling.
I often take my laptop to work from this new bar, but I also like coming on a Sunday and nursing a craft beer or 5 with a cheese board. That may be the most accidentally middle class hipster thing I’ve ever said, but I stand by it. With a hint of Scandinavian chic, it’s an effortlessly cool and attractive space; even the loos with their rosemary scented hand cream are nice. Laugh all you want but that added fluff is important to many of us girls.
The draft and can beer selection changes but you’ll find pale ales and IPAs, lagers, and wheat beers. A smaller selection of ciders is available, along with wine. Speaking of which, as of June if you visit on Sundays you can buy vino by the glass rather than by the bottle; ideal if you want to try wines or you don’t have a buddy to share with. The wine comes in tumblers rather than stem glasses, which doesn’t bother me (I’d probably drink wine from a shoe) but is fair to mention.
Being that the OPM lads are behind this place it stands to reason that there’s good grub – more specifically cheese – involved. The fridge to the left of the bar sits like a trophy cabinet, housing all the glorious meats, cheeses and (currently a work in progress) pickles. Everything is sourced as locally as possible and from independent producers; the quality is undeniable. I’m a fan of the Cheese Selection (£7) which includes slices and chunks of five British cheeses; some creamy and mild others hard and sharp. Like the beers these change depending on what the magic fridge has to offer that day, but you can usually find a blue, a cheddar and a goats cheese. You’ll be given a full explanation of what cheeses and crackers adorn your plate when it’s delivered to your table anyway. Want to know where they’ve all specifically come from? Just ask.
There’s weekly specials regarding the toasties (keep an eye on Twitter for them) and the menu is set to grow and evolve. This place was worth the wait and is a brilliant addition to the thriving food and drink scene in the city. If you’re visiting OPM make sure you pop next door for a pint and show this bar some love. Kilder is open Wednesday through to Sunday.
Kilder, 5 Shaw’s Passage, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5JG
Disclosure: I’ve paid in full at every visit for food and drink. All words and photos are mine.