Eating the Midlands

Check out this ever growing list of restaurants I've eaten at in and around the Midlands. I'm always open to suggestions so if you eat at any of the below, let me know what you think. I'd also love to hear your recommendations, I'm always looking for the next gem.

Birmingham & the West Midlands  

Derbyshire & Staffs  


  • Beefeater at The Observatory - The all new and improved Beefeater on the Meridian park.s -
  • Bill's - Greengrocer style chain opened in Leicester's Highcross 
  • Byron  - Achingly cool burger joint.
  • Chutney Ivy - Michelin recommended Indian in the heart of the cultural quarter.
  • Crafty Burger - Hands down the best burgers in Leicester.
  • Efes Mangal - Highly ranked on Trip Advisor, this is a family run Turkish restaurant.
  • Fratelli - A family run Italian restaurant on the trendy Braunstone Gate. *NOW CLOSED*
  • Kayal - Amazing Keralan cuisine, seafood is their specialty.
  • Meatcure - More great burgers in the city centre.
  • Shimla Pinks - Great curry on London Road.
  • San Carlo - Italian restaurant on Granby Street, family owned with Chef Patron Aldo Zilli.
  • The Smokehouse - Quirky restaurant with pulled pork & BBQ food. *NOW CLOSED*
  • Thyme - Mediterranean food in the middle of Spinney Hill Park. 

Leicestershire Villages  


  • Brown's Lane - A well established restaurant serving British and International cuisine.
  • Cactus Cafe - Cheap and cheerful Mexican joint in the centre of town.
  • Fernandos - Nandos with a 'Fer'. Cheap and cheerful and perfect for midweek treats.
  • Goodliffes - Cute bar / bistro in Loughborough town centre. 
  • Meet Burger - Quirky burger joint.
  • Moomba -  Aussie fun at great prices just outside the centre of town, perfect for big groups. *NOW CLOSED*
  • Peter and thats Enough - A quirky pizza place with true Italian authenticity.
  • Salim's - Local licensed Indian restaurant - on Leicester Road in the centre of town.
  • The Red Veil - A great curry house on the edge of Loughborough.
  • The Paget - Look beyond the student area and pub exterior for amazing burgers!
  • The White Hart - this was my local pub and a glorious one too!  
  • Valentinos - A small family run Mediterranean restaurant in Loughborough. *NOW CLOSED*

Market Harborough

  • Ascough's Bistro - A family run bistro in the heart of Market Harborough. 
  • The Oat Hill  - A pub which is stylish, modern yet retro and just all round cool.


  • Annies Burger Shack - In their old location, cheap, amazing quality burgers.
  • Edin's Kitchen - City centre family run bistro. 
  • Kabul Express -Afghani food in Hyson Green.
  • Miss Korea - Korean BBQ in the centre of town.
  • Sat Bains - Totally indulgent and really fantastic 2 Michelin starred restaurant nr Nottingham. 
  • Sarangchae - Traditional Korean food in a casual setting. 
  • Zaap - Amazing Thai Streetfood in a bright fun environment. 

For more ideas on where to eat around the Midlands, check out my Pinterest board:


  1. There's loads of nice places to eat in Rutland. You ought to visit! xx

  2. Thankyou, yes I certainly do, all recommendations welcome. I need to try Hambleton Hall to start!

    1. We went for my husband's 30th last November - it was fabulous, a real treat for us!! James Blunt was there too!
      The Olive branch is nice at Clipsham and The Red Lion at Stathern, The Kings Arms at Wing too!

  3. When next in Brum, go to Opus. Either for their 'market place' lunch menu, or book for dinner if you want something extra special. Excellent, unpretentious delicious food. x

    1. Thank you, I will definitely try this place out, after having been on their website, it all looks great.

  4. Just found your blog, and since I live in the Midlands I would recommend The Winery, in Burton-on-Trent, not far from St. Georges Park actually. Beautiful quality food, and fine wines.

    1. Thanks Eeliza - we will try it out soon!

  5. Hi Gingey's Annie here from Annies Burger Shack...If your in Nottingham again..check out Aubreys Creperie...She makes her crepes and Gillettes wit the same passion and they taste just like the ones from Brittany....

    1. Hi Annie, thanks for the tip, we will definitely try this out! The hubby has a v sweet tooth so this would go down well. :) you've reminded me, its been ages since we came for burgers and I really fancy one now!

  6. Hello Gingery Bites... It's Judith here. I have a few recommendations for you from Derby... I can keep them coming from Birmingham as we love eating out and have just moved to Birmingham and are enjoying the plethora of lovely restaurants!

    Moonsha: Japanese - - Our favourite restaurant in Derby. I would recommend trying both the the main seating menu and the teppanyaki show. Our Menu Choices: Ebi Tempura, Geoza, Salt & Pepper Chilli Squid, Chilli King Prawns and the Moonsha Kingdom Sushi and Sashimi.

    Graze: - Very reasonably priced for seasonal local food. Often do a two course/three course offer. Great for eating with friends.

    Zest: - Tiny restaurant. Great for a romantic meal. Seasonal (my month) menu. Wine Selection was pretty good when we last visited too.

    One thing I would love to know is places to eat out for Lunch - i.e. Where to get lovely sarnies and a cuppa in the middle of the day!

    1. Hi Judith, how are you? Long time no speak and thanks for this epic list, it's fab! I always struggle with Derby and I've heard good things about Zest so we'll have to check it out.

      Enjoy Brum, its a great city! x


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