Adam's Restaurant

Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Adam's Restaurant

Silver Award

“An experience worth paying for” writes a fan of Michelin-starred chef Adam Stokes’ eponymous restaurant. Occupying a one-time sandwich shop in Birmingham’s commercial district, this sophisticated gaff’s faux marble, globe lights, mirrors and a cathedral-like trompe l’oeil centrepiece all help to create a dramatic backdrop for the chef’s formidable culinary talents.

Stokes’ aim is simple: to excite guests with his meticulous preparation and cooking of high-quality, seasonal ingredients. Recognising that fine dining can be baffling for many, he and his partner/co-owner have worked hard to create an approachable environment where superb food takes centre stage.

On offer is a choice of two menus – a three-course set menu and a six-course tasting menu – both of which are defined by concise dish descriptions that are pleasantly poetic. Opening salvos might include a punchy combo of Anjou pigeon with cumin, carrot, dukkah and date, or Cornish crab with apple, dashi and radish, while mains might conjure Lavinton lamb served with Jerusalem artichoke and black garlic, or Goosnargh duck with plum and choy sum. Dishes definitely favour meat and fish, but special dietary menus, such as vegetarian, are available with prior notice.

Seasonally-inclined desserts round-off each menu nicely and could feature the likes of white peach soufflé with tahitian vanilla and lemon thyme or a decadent valrhona 64% manjari with teriyaki caramel, peanut and mascarpone. The set lunch is “a good option for client meetings” and a clever way to experience Adam’s for a third less than the evening set menu price, though wine drinkers will find it’s easy to up the total bill considerably. By-the-glass, bottle and flight options are all there, but whether you choose to be frugal or extravagant, this head-turning Brummie challenger is bang on the money for a city with an ever-rising foodie profile.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Fine dining, Luxury, Romantic
Other Awards
One Michelin star, SquareMeal UK Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Chef’s table, Vegetarian options
Celebrations, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Adam’s originally opened in 2013 by the eponymous Adam (Stokes) and his wife Natasha. The restaurant serves both an a la carte and signature tasting menu focused on modern British cooking, the calibre of which earned the restaurant a Michelin star just six months after opening. It’s retained the star ever since.  

Head Chef James Goodyear is the driving force behind the award-winning kitchen team and was appointed the role in 2021. He previously worked at Michelin-starred Hide in Piccadilly and trained at Raymond Blanc Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, bringing a portfolio of classical and Michelin training with him. 

Guests are greeted by a comfortable bar and black and white checkerboard flooring on arrival, before heading through to the smart blue and grey dining room. Widely-spaced tables create a calm and spacious feel while large spherical light fixtures hang from the ceiling and ensure the room is bright – as do windows running along the length of one wall.  

There are three or five-course lunch menus to choose from, or a choice of a la carte or tasting menu options for dinner. Typical dishes might include the likes of squab pigeon with date, turnip and black olive, roe deer with fermented pumpkin, brassicas and smoked juniper or white chocolate with vanilla, pine and lemon thyme. The plates are elegant and refined and revolve around seasonal British ingredients.  

There are two wine pairings available with the tasting menu, or an extensive international wine list if you're dining from the a la carte menu. If you’d like to bring your own wine with you, you can for a corkage fee. Downstairs, there is also a chef’s table, glass-ensconced wine room and open kitchen.  


Does the restaurant have a Michelin star?

Yes, it has one Michelin star.

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Can I bring my own wine to the restaurant?

Yes, it offers wine service for a corkage fee

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New Oxford House, 16 Waterloo Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B2 5UG

0121 643 3745 0121 643 3745


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-14:00
Wed 12:00-14:00
Thu 12:00-14:00
Fri 12:00-14:00
Sat 12:00-14:00
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
Tue 19:00-21:00
Wed 19:00-21:00
Thu 19:00-21:00
Fri 19:00-21:00
Sat 19:00-21:00
Sun Closed


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Carina S

21 March 2018  
Really lovely interiors and good service.
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