The food scene in Dudley is, perhaps surprisingly, a diverse affair. From a delicious Indian/British crossover to a tasty Thai, a pie restaurant that serves meals on shovels and an Alice in Wonderland-themed tea room, you’ll be spoilt for choice when dining out in Dudley.
Places to eat in Dudley
Dudley is jam-packed with great pubs, so it comes as no surprise that a few of them have made it into our places-to-eat guide. The Old Glasshouse on Priory Street, just across the road from the town hall, is a great gastropub housed in a modern setting. The menu consists of British classics with a few cameo appearances from other cuisines such as Italian, French and American. We recommend treating yourself to one of their steaks and a glass of red from their extensive wine menu.
Our second pick of the best pubs to eat at is Mad O’Rourke’s Pie Factory in nearby Tipton. Never mind O’Rourke, you’d be the mad one if you didn’t eat here during your visit to Dudley. Try their Brexit Pie, or challenge yourself to the Desperate Dan’s Cow Pie challenge. You get a whole meal inside of a pie, and a nice certificate if you manage to finish it. If you don’t fancy a pie, you could go for the mixed grill served on a shovel.
For a taste of Thailand seek out Ann’s Thai Restaurant inside The Bulls Head pub on Bilston Street. The menu is made up of classic Thai dishes such as massaman curry, pad Thai and pad gra pow. If you’re not sure what to try, you can opt for a set menu which is really reasonable and available for one, two or three people.
If the word ‘carvery’ provokes a reaction so strong that all you can think about is roasted meats and veg, head to The Koyla Kitchen on Thorns Road a few miles south of the town centre. ‘Koyla’ means ‘coal’ in Indian, which goes a long way to describing the essence of the restaurant. Their menu consists of British meaty dishes with an Indian twist, as well as a delicious carvery served every single day.
If a hint of Indian isn’t enough, you can go all out at Spices on Dudley Street north of the town centre. Serving up the areas best curries, as well as some unexpected dishes such as tikka stir fry and spiced stuffed peppers, you can rely on this modern restaurant to satisfy your subcontinental craving.
Cafés in Dudley
Our favourite brunch spot in Dudley is Gather on the High Street, just over a mile away from our Dudley Town Centre hotel. The welcoming cafe serves up great coffee, delicious hot meals and baked goods in a cosy environment. You’re welcome to stay as long as you want, and they’ll happily let you make use of the free Wi-Fi. They’re a community-oriented bunch and occasionally put on live music, workshops and offer free fruit to guests.
A short walk away from Gather on Stone Street is Caffe Grande. Open for breakfast and lunch and serving freshly ground Italian coffee, homemade cakes, cooked breakfasts and light bites, this is a great spot to take time out of exploring the town centre. They also have a license to serve alcohol if you fancy a lunchtime tipple – why not?
If you’re staying at our Dudley (Kingswinford) hotel, then we recommend making the short trip to Mad Hatters of Dudley for your very own tea party. This is the place to come for great afternoon tea in Dudley, with decadent displays of homemade cakes, scones and sandwiches. They don’t go over the top with the Alice in Wonderland theme, but there are nice touches amongst the cosy environment.