Best brunch in Birmingham: 15 spots worth your time

From breakfast mezze platters to halloumi brioche, the people of Birmingham take brunch very seriously.

Updated on • Written By Ellie Donnell

Best brunch in Birmingham: 15 spots worth your time

We weren't surprised to discover during the making of this guide that Birmingham plays host to a hugely impressive array of breakfast and brunch spots. One look at this list of the best restaurants in Birmingham will explain why, which is comprised of well over 30 highly-acclaimed restaurants that are pioneering in their field, all of which push culinary boundaries while some even turn out Michelin-starred food. Clearly, Birmingham is a foodie city, and its residents’ passion for top-class fodder extends to brunch.  


From achingly cool suburban spots to independent bakeries, family-friendly cafes and even a cocktail bar or two, this round-up of the best brunches in Birmingham demonstrates the city’s sprawling and eclectic breakfast scene to a tee. Whether you are planning a fancy birthday brunch complete with cocktails and a photo-ready backdrop, or just want to spend a lazy Sunday drinking copious amounts of coffee and eating more pancakes than you’d care to admit, there’s bound to be a brunch in Birmingham to fit the bill.  

Much to our chagrin, the famed mid-morning meal tends to be relegated to weekends only, but we’re pleased to report that a large chunk of these restaurants serve brunch all day, every day, which means there’s no end to the number of poached eggs and piles of sourdough toast you can consume. Fancy a Monday morning breakfast burrito? No one will judge you in this brunch-loving city.  

From dog-friendly spots to a Cuban-inspired offering to a rather lovely café set up by two guys named Tim (keep reading for the full story), discover all the best brunch restaurants in Birmingham with our guide to late-in-the-day-breakfasting in the city! Then, once you’ve decided on the place that’s right for you, go ahead and book yourself into one of them. It will be the best decision you make today.  

Yorks Café 

What: This edgy urban spot is all exposed brick walls, industrial pipes, stripped back materials and kind-of comfortable stool seating, with a large make-shift wooden bar in the centre of it all. This is one of the most popular places in Birmingham to head for coffee (these guys roast their own beans in-house) and a standout brunch. All-day menu items include poached eggs with cumin butter, onion pickle, yoghurt and chilli on toast; a lamb kofta breakfast tagine with poached eggs and Turkish bread; and Chicago honey fried chicken and bacon on a cornbread muffin.  
Where: 29-30 Stephenson Street, B2 4BH 
Book now: Yorks Café 

The Cuban Embassy 

What: Born out of a passion for good food, live music and, well, rum, this Cuban joint serves a boozy brunch at weekends consisting of endless prosecco or cubre libres with any cubano and fries. In case you’re not sure what a cubano is, it’s essentially a Cuban sandwich which you can order ‘clasico’ with mojo pork, deli ham, swiss cheese, pickles and mustard; ‘picante’ with chipotle chicken, chorizo, Swiss cheese, japalpeno and mustard; or ‘champinon’ with mojo mushrooms, roasted peppers, swiss cheese, pickles and mustard.  
Where: 23 St Mary's Row, B13 8HW 
Book now: The Cuban Embassy 

Boston Tea Party 

What: Boston Tea Party is a bit of a brunch institution with branches all over the country, from Bath to Bristol to Birmingham. It’s a rustic, low-key, welcoming type of place with plenty of seating and a walk-ins-only policy. Plus, it’s dog-friendly! The menu includes plenty of brunch favourites, from porridge to eggs-anyway to pastries and fresh juices!  
Where: 190 Corporation Street, B4 6QD 
Book now: Boston Tea Party 

Gas Street Social 

What: Gas Street Social is a fun, playful, independent eatery overlooking the canal in Brimingham’s The Mailbox complex. All about ‘brunching, sharing and socialising’, this all-day spot serves brunch every day with dedicated sections for pancakes and waffles, eggs and bennies, breakfast classics and sandwiches. From full English waffles (yep, that’s exactly like it sounds) to breakfast burritos and avo and eggs, all brunch dreams are guaranteed to come true at this sociable spot. 
Where: 166-168 Wharfside Street, B1 1RL 
Book now: Gas Street Social

The Botanist

What: The Botanist is best known for its botanical cocktails, but allow us to guide you towards its new brunch menu, served every day from 9am. Opt to build your own brunch board with up to five items, or choose something hot and hearty such as zhoug fried eggs; smoked trout egg benedict; or croque monsieur with truffle. Of course, you can always wash it down with one of its signature cocktails. It would be rude not to...  
Where: 14-16 Temple Street, B2 5BG 
Book now: The Botanist Birmingham

The Early Bird Bakery  

What: Founded by two men named Tim with a passion for food, coffee and people, The Early Bird Bakery is a bright and conscientious café located just south of Birmingham city centre. It turns out freshly-baked cakes and pastries every day, using local ingredients wherever it can, while an ever-changing brunch menu comprises a selection of hot plates. Look out for truffle and mushroom scrambled eggs on a toasted croissant, cinnamon roll French toast and a beef brisket burger. And don’t forget to grab something sweet from the counter to go!  
Where: 28 High Street, B14 7JT 
Book now: The Early Bird Bakery 

Saint Kitchen 

What: This family-owned all-day joint oozes everything you could possibly want from an independent café, from friendly service to understated interiors and a commitment to doing things properly. All its baked goods are homemade in house, from bagels to doughnuts, while its eclectic brunch menu takes inspiration from all over the world. From paneer, baba ghanoush and saag bagels to sourdough toast topped with poached eggs, smoked feta and a za’atar glaze, this small but mighty eatery is not to be underestimated.  
Where: 61a St Paul’s Square, B3 1QS 
Book now: Saint Kitchen

The Pineapple Club 

What: The Pineapple Club is exactly the sort of Insta-friendly place that everyone needs on speed dial. From its pretty pink and green colour scheme to green velvet seating, loud palm tree wallpaper and neon pink signage, it’s the sort of place that has immediate impact (whether or not it’s to your taste). Seeing as there’s a big focus on cocktails here, it makes sense that its brunch offering is boozy. Choose from a selection of global small plates such as spicy chorizo, cod croquettes, Colombian prawns and squash tacos, washed down with bottomless prosecco, craft beer or cocktails! 
Where: 16 Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU 
Book now: The Pineapple Club 

The Plough Harborne

What: The suburb of Harborne in south west Birmingham is home to this pub-meets-restaurant, which smartly straddles the line between swish and super chill. Its offering is diverse and you could just as easily pop in for a pint as you could for a pizza or poke bowl. Naturally, we're interested in brunch, which is served every day until 12pm and includes breakfast brioche with streaky bacon, potato rosti, fried egg, sriracha mayo and spring onions; pulled pork benedict on a toasted muffin with poached eggs, pink peppercorns and hollandaise; and passion fruit granola with chia seeds, yoghurt and coconut shavings. It makes all its bread and brioche on site, too.
Where: 21 High Street, B17 9NT 
Book now: The Plough Harborne

Medicine Bakery 

What: There are two Medicine Bakerys in Birmingham, as well as another couple in Codsall and Wolverhampton, but all are rooted in the bringing together of food and art. Simultaneously a bakery, kitchen, café and gallery, the idea is to offer guests a carefully curated menu of ethically-sourced dishes, while also providing inspiration via art and culture. Our favourite is probably the one on New Street, a calming, foliage-filled Victorian space with long wooden benches and large skylights. Its signature brunch menu includes an array of brioche and benedict dishes – think halloumi brioche with pico de gallo, smashed avocado and chilli jam – while unique brunch plates jump from green masala eggs to banana bread with Nutella mascarpone.  
Where: 69a New Street, B2 4DU 
Book now: Medicine Bakery


What: For a refreshing change to smoked salmon and avocado, look to Middle Eastern restaurant Damascena, where breakfast dishes such as baked egg manageesh (bread topped with cheese), tahini and date honey dip with flatbreads and a breakfast mezze platter are all on the menu. There are four sites in Birmingham including the city centre, Jewellery Quarter, Harborne and Moseley village.  
Where: 5-7 Temple Row, B2 5NY
Book now: Damascena

The Ivy Temple Row 

What: The Ivy always ticks all the brunch boxes, where guests can tuck into generous breakfast and brunch menus all week within the surrounds of a laid-back yet super-glam brasserie. From light and breezy options for busy weekdays to a full-blown three-course affair at weekends, these guys understand that everyone’s brunch requirements are different.  
Where: 67-71 Temple Row, B2 5LS 
Book now: The Ivy Temple Row 

Cosy Club 

What: Relaxed eating and timeless glamour is all part of the Cosy Club package and that’s certainly what you get at this Birmingham branch on Bennetts Hill. High ceilings and grand columns draw the eye upwards to a glass balcony overlooking the main restaurant. Guests can brunch in style on dishes such as bubble and squeak, shakshuka, huevos rancheros and smashed avocado on toast.  
Where: 33 Bennetts Hill, B2 5SN 
Book now: Cosy Club Birmingham

Cote Brasserie

What: Located inside Birmingham's shopping centre The Mailbox, Cote Brasserie offers a good-value breakfast menu that features all the big-hitters. An assortment of cooked breakfasts will set you up nicely for the day, while eggs benedict, croque monsieur and French toast are all deliciously indulgent alternatives. The best bit? You can also opt for a Champagne breakfast, which includes any breakfast with a hot drink or juice and a glass of Laurent-Perrier NV Cuvée for under 20 quid.
Where: The Mailbox, B1 1RX
Book now: Cote Brasserie

Grand Central Kitchen

What: Grand Central Kitchen is an unassuming local near the station that attracts big praise for its friendly service, generous portions and rough-around-the-edges charm. Classic options are all taken care of via avo and eggs on toast, a full English and various breakfast baps. It's also one of the cheapest brunches in this list, with all items available for well under a tenner.
Where: 7 Stephenson Street, B2 4BL
Book now:
Grand Central Kitchen

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