Visiting Birmingham and looking for a great brunch? Here are some of the best places for brunch in Birmingham city centre.
The Best Places for Brunch in Birmingham
Medicine Bakery – 2 locations at New Street and Mailbox
What started as one location, has now (post-pandemic – we love to see it) become two. If you’re coming for brunch in Birmingham you must consider this one! Medicine is an artisan bakery, cafe, and gallery space at the top of New Street – they use their wall space to display and sell work by local artists – and the food is excellent too.
Medicine has become to go-to place for Brummies to pick up delicious cakes and baked goods. You can pop to their takeaway counter in both New Street and the Mailbox (located on the main concourse and not next to the restaurant) for a selection of coffees, doorstop sandwiches, cakes, bread, and other delicious goods. My recommendation is the Nutella blondie or one of the seasonal ‘cruffins’. hits the spot on a Sunday afternoon!
Dishoom branched out from the capital to Birmingham in July 2020, bringing their delicious breakfasts with them.
Dishoom is particularly famous for its bacon naans so I would highly recommend trying one. Each naan is baked by hand to order and comes filled with streaky bacon, cream cheese, and some fresh herbs. It is served with chilli jam on the side. if you really want to elevate it, order the bacon and egg naan which for me is perfect. I would also highly recommend adding the masala beans to your order – delicious beans with a spicy kick but not too overpowering.
Breakfast is really reasonable priced (the bacon naan is only £6.90) considering Dishoom is located in the heart of the city centre.
York’s Cafe – 2 locations at Ikon Gallery and Stephenson Street
Located in Brindley Place at the front of the Ikon Gallery and down on Stephenson Street, opposite New Street Station, the team from York’s Cafe has created a fantastic space for a quick coffee or a lazy Sunday brunch.
York’s are always changing their menu. The last time I was there, I had the Turkish eggs – two poached eggs on a bed of Greek yoghurt, harissa butter, Aleppo chilli, coriander and served with a side of Arabic bread to dip in and mix it all together with.
One thing I will say about York’s is that it is on the expensive side of things for the size of the plate, but the quality of the food is very good which is why it is still on this list! York’s Cafe also has locations in Stratford-upon-Avon and Leamington Spa.
The Best Boozy Brunch in Birmingham
Gas Street Social
With a tag line ‘brunching, sharing and socialising’, Gas Street Social is the perfect spot and one of the best places for brunch in Birmingham. Located out the back of The Mailbox complex, Gas Street Social is the perfect setting for a boozy brunch. Their bottomless brunch is a great value and their accompanying menu has breakfast and lunch style food so you can take your pick.
One of my favourite long-time spots for brunch in Birmingham! Located just a stone’s throw from Brindley Place, JuJu’s Cafe has a reputation with locals for elite breakfasts and Sunday Roasts. Fun fact, I use to live in the building opposite so Juju’s because a regular haunt for hungover brunches with friends to dissect the night before’s events. Their bacon and egg on brioche have gotten me through more personal crises than I can count.
Boston Tea Party Cafe – 2 locations at Corporation Street and Edgbaston
The city centre location for Boston Tea Party is located within Birmingham’s court district and it does its job at serving up brunch deliciousness on the daily. It is located in a beautiful corner building, full of rich history; Boston Tea Party doesn’t take bookings meaning they are first-come, first-served, but I’ve never struggled to get a table. Their Boss breakfast is the stuff of legend (and it also comes veggie and vegan if you’d prefer) and really hits the brunch spot. They’re also one of my favourite spots for my basic bitch brunch of avocado and eggs on toast – I think it’s the chipotle! Boston Tea Party is quite famous around these parts for their smoothies – ‘The Green One’ curing many a hangover over the years.
The Edgbaston location has a similar offering plus outdoor space for when the weather is good.
Boston Tea Party is actually a family-run chain and have other local locations in Harborne, Worcester and Stratford-upon-Avon.
If the grungy pub is your vibe, you are going to love Cherry Reds. Located down on John Bright Street (just behind New Street Station), Cherry Red’s is just one of those bars that make you feel like it’s your front room. Decent ales and craft beers, board games and even a cake counter. I’ve spent many an evening in here for post-work drinks. They also have a decent food menu and serve good, hearty breakfasts – that’s literally what they call their full English’s. They’ll hit the sport and prepare you for the day ahead.
Ok, so this one is not in the city centre but is worth the 15 minutes drive out to Harborne – that I PROMISE! I just couldn’t write a list about brunch in Birmingham without including The Plough. When I said Cherry’s was like your living room, The Plough pub also has the same feeling. Beautifully decorated with indoor and outdoor space, The Plough is Harborne’s worst kept secret so be prepared to book. They have a great breakfast menu and are also famous for their Sunday roasts.
So there’s a few thoughts for the best places for brunch in Birmingham. Let me know in the comments if you have any other recommendations!