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Use it or lose it

The 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme is in full force in Birmingham. Now is the time to be supporting local, independent businesses.

The Birmingham hospitality scene needs some serious love right now – especially our independents. The past few weeks have seen several of our much-loved bars and eateries make the gruelling decision to not reopen their doors. Many are venturing back into the city for meetings and taking advantage of the #EatOutToHelpOut scheme for business lunches and dinners. Whilst it might be tempting to pop to Pret or punish a Nando’s… if we don’t use it, we lose it.

I’ve listed 5 recommendations for independents in the city centre where you can dish on Rish and the socially distanced service is ‘locked down’.


  1. Zen Metro – Multi-award winning Thai food and a pillar of the business community located right the heart of the Colmore Bid. Near impossible to take a trip to Zen without bumping into someone from the district – even in 2020.
  2. OPUS – Just a short saunter down Cornwall Street from Zen Metro. OPUS is truly special fine dining with a focus on British produce and seasonality. PSA: they have lobster on the menu for August.
  3. Pulpera – Westide of the city, Michelin Star Chef Aktar Islam’s newest venture offering an Argentinian menu overlooking Brindley Place.
  4. Waylands Yard – bang in the middle of Bull St convenient for the Tram and Snowhill station. Perfect for a swift scran with proper coffee.
  5. Bodega Cantina – Quirky, vibrant South American street food short hop and skip away from New Street Station.
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