There really is something extra-special about booking a private dining room for a special occasion. Not only do you get to feast on some spectacular grub, but you get to do so in a personalised setting, with many restaurants curating the dining experience especially to the celebration at hand.
It’s also inherently relaxing handing over the baton to someone else – knowing the location, food, music and everything in-between is already taken care of can be a huge comfort. Simply send out the invites and job’s a goodun’.
The hardest part, really, is deciding where to book. Yes, the food is an integral part of the dining experience, but so is the decor, ambience and service. If you’re a large group looking to let your hair down, then plenty of space and a banging playlist is a must-have. But if it’s a more formal affair you’re after, such as a work meeting or business lunch, then smart surrounds and attentive service are likely to be high on your list.
For the folks in Birmingham, we've dug out the best private dining rooms in the area to suit every occasion. Fancy a blowout meal in a Michelin-starred restaurant? We’ve hauled a selection of options that are bound to impress. Or, looking to feed a crowd in a low-maintenance, laid-back space? Keep scrolling for our list of rooms that are best for relaxed gatherings, including home-from-home pubs and a South American themed bar.
And for those who've never considered hiring a private room before, why not? You don't really need an occasion at all. Just a few of your favourite people and a free day or evening. Then, let the good times roll!
Many restaurants offer set menus, tasting menus and bespoke options, so make sure to enquire when you make your booking. And to make things even easier, you can use the links below to skip to the most relevant section.
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Best private dining rooms in Birmingham for corporate events
Hosting a business meeting or interview? The right setting is paramount to striking the right tone. And if smart décor and attentive service is likely to sway your decision, these restaurants offer that in spades. Leave a lasting impression on colleagues with one of these top-picks.
What: Established by Michelin starred chef Glynn Purnell in 2007, and earning its own Michelin star in 2009, Purnell’s is a fine dining restaurant with a focus on classic dishes - carpaccio of beef, slow-cooked daube of beef and raspberry pavlova to name a few. For a truly special affair, guests can book the private dining room which offers plenty of natural light thanks to huge windows.
Maximum capacity: 12
Where: 55 Cornwall Street, Birmingham, B3 2DH
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill Birmingham
What: If a room with a view is what you’re after, then be sure to make a booking at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill. Located on level 25 of the cube building with spectacular views of the city, it offers three modern meeting rooms that cater to the needs of the client, from rooms for two for 1-2-1 interviews to groups of 30 in the Champagne Room.
Maximum capacity: 30
Where: 200 Wharfside Street, The Cube, Birmingham, B1 1PR
What: For boundary-pushing cuisine in stunning surrounds, head to Michelin starred Opheem in the city centre, where head chef Aktar Islam serves up Indian cuisine, but not quite as you know it. The private dining room oozes good taste, with a grey colour palette, stunning light fixtures and a modern fireplace adding a touch of homeliness. The tasting menu is the thing to order here, with new dishes added regularly. Try pink fir potatos with tamarind; milk loaf with pate and aged sirloin with hispi cabbage and bone marrow.
Maximum capacity: 12
Where: 48 Summer Row, Birmingham, B3 1JJ
Best private dining rooms in Birmingham for birthdays
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to birthday gatherings which is why we’ve rounded-up a host of different private dining options in Birmingham with multiple themes, cuisines and numbers in mind. From fine-dining fare to Indian food with a difference, take your pick.
The Ivy Temple Row
What: With sites in numerous major cities across the UK, chances are you’ve heard of, or dined at, The Ivy at one point or another. If you enjoyed yourself the first time round, why not plan a special occasion at The Archer Room in Birmingham? Decorated in true Ivy style, with green walls, vintage prints and plenty of plant pots to boot, it’s a versatile space that’s perfect for private parties and special occasions.
Maximum capacity: 20 seated and 40 standing
Where: 67-71 Temple Row, Birmingham, B2 5LS
What: Michelin-starred chef Adam Stokes’ eponymous restaurant offers simple, well-executed, classic-modern dishes, the high calibre of which have scored it a Michelin star and 3 AA rosettes. For those who wish to indulge in the masterful food away from the main restaurant, Adam’s offers both a private dining room and chef’s table. The former seats up to 18 guests while the latter holds 12, or if you like you can hire the whole restaurant for 52 people (75 for a drinks reception).
Maximum capacity: 18 for a private room
Where: New Oxford House, 16 Waterloo Street, Birmingham, B2 5UG
What: The food at Craft really does live up to its name. Exceptionally well-executed plates are proof that food can be art with the right treatment, and you get to feast on six beautiful courses when you book the private dining room here. With hanging spherical lights, a long wooden table and cool grey walls, the décor blends a mix of styles that work. Choose from the six-course tasting menu or the midweek set menu, which includes bread with Welsh Rarebit, beef tartare with hollandaise and cauliflower with parsley sauce.
Maximum capacity: 16
Where: Unit 10, ICC, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA
What: The landscaped garden is a lovely touch at Simpson’s, where diners can enjoy an aperitif outside before they dine in the summer months. The décor offers a strong nod to nature and seasonality, with a long wooden table, textured place mats, green chairs and photographs of trees covering the walls. The room also backs onto the aforementioned garden. Book in for classic British fare at this Michelin restaurant.
Maximum capacity: 14
Where: 20 Highfield Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3DU
What: Contemporary meets traditional at Itihaas, which takes influence from the cuisine of Northern India. For hire is the Tiffin Suite, a 12-seat room complete with its own cocktail bar and dressed in the style of an old library. Create your own bespoke menu, if you like, for a personalised experience.
Maximum capacity: 12
Where: 18 Fleet Street, Birmingham, B3 1JL
What: Gaucho’s sleek and sultry interiors are synonymous with the restaurant group, known for their Argentinian steaks and wine. Their Birmingham outpost also caters for private dining events of up to 14 people which would be perfect for a birthday boy or girl who loves steak.
Maximum capacity: 14
Where: 55 Colmore Row, Lower Ground Retail, Birmingham, B3 2AA
What: The dining room at Harborne Kitchen is equipped with its own kitchen, chef and host, while experiences are rightfully tailored for each party. Talk about getting the personal touch! Expect contemporary British cuisine with playful twists, including gnochetti with ewe’s cheese and truffle, wild brill with ginger soy and Cumbrian lamb with yeast butter.
Maximum capacity: 12
Where: 175 High Street, Harborne, Birmingham, B17 9QE
Best private dining rooms in Birmingham for big groups
We’ve classed a big group as any venue that hosts 20 people or more. So, if you’re struggling to cut down the guest list, don’t panic - you don’t have to with this lot.
What: There are multiple private dining rooms on offer at Varanasi, which serves up posh Indian-style grub in opulent surrounds. It caters for private functions such as birthdays and weddings of up to 300 guests, if you want. We recommend the Siddhartha Lounge which seats 20 people and includes the Shahi Dawat set menu.
Maximum capacity: Up to 300
Where: 184 Broad Street, Birmingham, B15 1DA
What: Zen Metro has been touted as one of the best Thai restaurants in Birmingham and offers a multitude of different menus, including private hire. With a private dining room that seats 20 guests, as well as the option to hire the entire venue for a maximum of 250 people, space isn't a problem at this central spot. Great for birthdays, wedding parties or anniversaries.
Maximum capacity: Up to 250
Where: 73 Cornwall St, Birmingham, B3 2DF
What: There are two Cosy Clubs in Birmingham, but the one located on Bennet’s Hill offers two private dining spaces in a Grade II listed building. Choose from The Board Room (20-34 seated) or The Holden Room (50 mixed seating), both of which include a projector, sound system and presentation screen. The Board Room also includes a private bar if you’re booking for a wedding or birthday.
Maximum capacity: 50
Where: 33 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham, B2 5SN
Best private dining rooms in Birmingham for relaxed gatherings
We totally agree – you don't really need a special occasion to book a private dining room. Simply rally the troops and make it a weekend to remember - whatever the reason.
The Old Joint Stock
What: For a laid-back vibe and lively atmosphere, The Old Joint Stock is a solid option. It’s one of the Fuller’s Ale & Pie pubs and is housed inside a Grade II listed building, reflected through the grand décor and high ceilings inside. Guests can book the Old Joint Stock Theatre upstairs, which overlooks the main pub, or the Theatre Bar, a hidden room designed for more intimate gatherings. It seats 12 people for meetings or 20 for larger celebrations.
Maximum capacity: 20
Where: 4 Temple Row West, Birmingham, B2 5NY
What: This South American joint in the heart of Birmingham is an affordable option for large birthday parties and celebrations. Downstairs, The Sugar Loaf Bar has a capacity of 40 for a sit-down meal or 80 for drinks, and includes its own bar, DJ booth and toilets. Bright walls and colourful seating inject the space with a fun and relaxed ambience, while at night the bar is illuminated by multi-coloured lighting.
Maximum capacity: Up to 80
Where: 12 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham, B2 5RS
The Canal House
What: The Canal House has three private dining rooms up for service: The Study (8 people), The Office (14 people) and The Brew Room (8 people). Expect gastro pub-style fare and a comforting, homely vibe.
Maximum capacity: 14
Where: 12 Bridge Street, Birmingham, B1 2JR
Fancy taking things north? Why not take a look at the best private dining rooms in Edinburgh?