From Japanese to Indian, American to Turkish, German to South American and British to Italian restaurants, Solihull has an incredibly diverse food scene, allowing you to eat your way around the world. The standard of food is superb and with each passing year, the bar seems to be raised again and again. Clearly, competition’s a good thing, meaning you can enjoy the best curry house in the region, the top Italian in the country and the first Michelin-star restaurant in the area.
We’ll get things started with some good, reliable gastropubs. The Farm Inn is a delightful grade II-listed farmhouse and barn that provides the perfect rustic surroundings for an evening meal. The main course menu is split into three sections, one each for the grill, the stove, and the wood-fired pizza oven. The ribs are a crowd pleaser and their Monday-to-Thursday 2-for-1 pizza offer is an absolute bargain. And if you’re staying in our Solihull South (M42) hotel, it’s less than 2.5 miles away.
If you’re looking for somewhere central to eat, try The Beech House near Touchwood shopping centre, whether it’s for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Their meat is sourced from British farms, the eggs are free range and the fish for their daily specials comes from local fishmongers. This gastropub’s kitchen has wood-fired pizza ovens and charcoal grills, and they do a great Sunday roast.
Solihull’s branch of the popular national steakhouse chain Miller & Carter is out towards Shirley, less than a ten-minute drive from our Solihull (Shirley) hotel. Put simply, if you want a sublime steak in a stylish restaurant where the service is always up to standard, then why go anywhere else?
Last on our list of gastropubs is our pick of the bunch, but it’s a little further away. The Malt Shovel is a delightful pub in the pretty village of Barston where you can either eat in the vibrant bar area with its roaring open fire or book a table in the barn, which has been converted into a charming restaurant with rustic features and relaxed pastel decor. The menu has been carefully put together and offers something for everyone, but especially seafood lovers. The grilled swordfish is a popular choice, so too the sea bass. Meanwhile, carnivores may prefer the corn-fed chicken breast or the lamb’s kidneys.
If you’re a fan of Italian food, you’ll want to book a table at Giovanni’s on Main Street right away. In 2016, it was named the best Italian in the Midlands by The Food Awards England. High praise, indeed. The following year it managed to go one better by being awarded the title of best Italian in England. Pay a visit and you’ll see why; the menu is traditional, the food is superb and the restaurant has an excellent atmosphere.
If you’re craving a curry, The Delhi Restaurant is the best in Solihull. The award-winning Indian takes inspiration from the street foods of Delhi, giving traditional dishes a modern twist. You can use their free delivery service if you’ve got the time, collect your order from the downstairs takeaway or eat in their upstairs restaurant – it is quite small though, so we’d recommend you book a table in advance. If you’re looking for recommendations, the lamb dishes are always divine.
Or, if you fancy a taste of the Orient, Fukuoka Japanese Restaurant is an absolute delight. You won’t find better sushi anywhere, although the presentation is so nice that it almost feels like a shame to attack it with your chopsticks. Likewise, their bento boxes look great and taste even better. Plus portions are generous, which isn’t always a given with Japanese food. A word to the wise though, they don’t accept cards, but there is a cash machine a few doors down if you forget to come prepared.
Peel’s Restaurant is the very first Michelin-star restaurant in the area and its accolades are definitely deserved. The restaurant itself is housed in a 19th century country manor house at the heart of a 45-acre estate. Rather than turning this stunning venue into a hotel or a B&B, the people behind Peel’s had a different idea. They’ve turned the emphasis on its head and describe their Hampton Manor home as a ‘restaurant with rooms’. So, the food comes first. Their tasting menu is just an exquisite dining experience. You’ll be served up to seven dishes made from the best in British produce. Meanwhile, the cellars showcase some incredible organic and natural wines, with a strong emphasis on promoting emerging British winemakers. It’s definitely not cheap, but this is the kind of fine dining that is often hard to find.
Our Solihull hotels are all ideally located for visits to the Genting Arena and The National Exhibition Centre. You can also combine your stay with a trip to Brueton Park and make the most of some of Solihull's popular pubs and restaurants.
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