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The ultimate guide to the best tapas bars in Birmingham

 

Looking to grab some tasty tapas but don't know where to go? Fear not, we bring you the ultimate guide to the best tapas Birmingham has on offer. 

Although not quite the Costa del Sol, when looking for authentic tapas, Birmingham has plenty of tapas bars and restaurants that will give you a true taste of the Mediterranean and further afield. 

Whether it is Spanish, Italian or even British (yes you read that right) tapas that you are looking for, our guide will ensure you find the best tapas in Birmingham. ¡Olé!

Spanish restaurants Birmingham - our top picks

Amantia

A family run Spanish restaurant, Amantia opened a few years ago on Bennett’s Hill and has quickly become one of Birmingham’s most loved Spanish restaurants.

The menu has a wide selection of tapas dishes from across Spain, taking you on a culinary journey from the northern region of Galicia where pulpo (octopus - trust us, it’s delicious) is a staple, down to the sunnier regions of Andalucía where rabo de toro (oxtail stew) is a traditional dish.  

Fancy a Spanish Sunday lunch? On Sundays you can get yourself two tapas dishes and a traditional Spanish paella for £15.

Find out more about Amantia Birmingham here

Ana Rocha Bar and Gallery

Flying the flag for Spanish food in the Jewellery Quarter is Ana Rocha bar and gallery, serving up everything you would expect from an authentic tapas restaurant including a delicioso selection of cured meats and cheeses.   

For those of you who are amantes del arte (art lovers), then be sure to also check out the fine art collection they house. Tapas in Birmingham has never been so cultural!

Find out more about Ana Rocha Bar and Gallery Birmingham here

Tapas Revolution

If you regularly commute in and out of the city, you’re probably already familiar with this cracking tapas bar.

Birmingham’s Grand Central station is home to Tapas Revolution, where you will find much loved tapas favourites like gambas al ajillo (garlic prawns) as well as delicious sweet treats - churros anyone?

Find out more about Tapas Revolution Birmingham here

Pintxos Bar

Birmingham’s newest tapas restaurant will be bringing a taste of the Basque Country to the second city.

The small snacks consist of bread topped with any variety of ingredients and pierced with a skewer.

The al fresco style dining also means that you can soak up the not so Spanish sun while enjoying the ever so Spanish food.

Find out more about Pintxos Bar Birmingham here

El Borracho de Oro

Located in the leafy suburb of Edgbaston, independently owned El Borracho de Oro (literally means he who gets drunk on fine things) has already established itself as one of the top Spanish restaurants Birmingham has on offer.

The friendly and relaxed atmosphere, combined with a mouth-watering selection of tasty tapas make this venue a win-win if you’re looking for authentic Spanish cuisine in Birmingham.

You can also get two tapas dishes for £7.50 on weekday lunches and Tuesday evenings.

Find out more about El Borracho de Oro Birmingham here  

Rico Libre

Digbeth has a reputation for offering foodies something to smile about and Rico Libre is no different, freshly preparing and cooking everything on site. 

Gambas Pil Pil (king prawns in chili and garlic oil) and championes al ajillo (garlic mushrooms) are just some of their tasty tapas. Birmingham really does leave you spoilt for choice when it comes to authentic Spanish food. 

Find out more about Rico Libre Birmingham here

La Plancha

Moving away from the city centre, La Plancha in Moseley is yet another fantastic Spanish restaurant Birmingham can boast about.  

Their tempting menu has everything from a more traditional Spanish tortilla to Mexican quesadillas.

We’re sure that the intimate and cosy setting combined with the great food, makes it one of the top places for tapas in Birmingham.

Their sangria is also pretty good too!

Find out more about La Plancha Birmingham here

Bar Estilo

Appropriately named Bar Estilo (estilo means style) in the Mailbox, serves a wide selection of dishes and of course tapas. After a busy day shopping what better way to relax and unwind with a cocktail or two and a few tapas dishes to share?

Find out more about Bar Estilo Birmingham here

Who said tapas had to be Spanish? - Alternative tapas bars

The Cuban Embassy

As well as offering you a good supply of rum, the Cuban Embassy in Moseley is also bringing a taste of Latin America to Birmingham.

Their menu serves botanas, tapas sized dishes inspired by South American cuisine. With plenty of fish, meat and vegetarian options, tapas in Birmingham has never been so varied.  

Find out more about the The Cuban Embassy Birmingham here

Cheval Blanc

Staying in Moseley, the small plates selection from Cheval Blanc are largely inspired by French and British cuisine, serving everything from poached duck egg meurette to a goat cheese and onion tart.

Need some motivation to get through the week? On Tuesdays they also have an offer where you can get two small plates for £10.

Find out more about Cheval Blanc Birmingham here

Fumo

If you prefer Italian cuisine and fancy some Italian tapas, then Fumo is the perfect place for you. Fumo serves Venetian cicchetti (Italian small bites) and brings Italian style and elegance to the business district of Birmingham.

The menu gives you a chance to sample smaller versions of more traditional Italian dishes or the opportunity to sink your teeth into some Sicilian street food like arancini.  

Find out more about Fumo Birmingham here

Byzantium

Located in Kings Heath, Byzantium serves up Mediterranean tapas, inspired by Spanish, Greek, North African, and Italian cuisine.

Expect more traditional Spanish dishes like patatas bravas on their menu as well as a slow cooked Moroccan lamb tagine.  

Find out more about Byzantium Birmingham here   

British tapas - bringing the Mediterranean to the Midlands

The Pickled Piglet

Serving small plates celebrating British ingredients and traditional British cuisine, this canal side bar is the place to go for British tapas.

Smoked haddock cakes and curried chicken leg tarine are just some of the small dishes that are tempting us.  

Find out more about the Pickled Piglet Birmingham here

Bottles

As the name suggests this place is certainly an appealing choice for wine lovers, but why not snack on some pintxos whilst you sip a glass of Rioja.

Whether you feel like chorizo, smoked salmon or one of the chef’s specials, wine and tapas is always going to be an excelente combination.

Find out more about Bottles Birmingham here

The Lounges

Although not strictly speaking a tapas restaurant, Birmingham’s Lounge venues across the city offer some tasty tapas treats.

For a twist on the classic Spanish croquettes, why not try their spinach and goat’s cheese croquettes.

Find out more about the Lounge venues here 

Purnell’s

Is there anything the Yummie Brummie can’t do?  Guests are invited to try Brummie tapas in the living room where they can enjoy dishes that reflect Glynn’s vision of cooking.

Tapas and fine dining, what’s not to love?

Find out more about Purnell's Birmingham here

Wherever you are the next time you get a craving for some tasty tapas in the city, we've got you covered.

Once you manage to exhaust our recommendations for the best tapas in Birmingham, head over to our restaurant finder to help you decide which restaurant will top your 'to try' list.

Posted by Josephine Henry

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