The best places for comfort food in Birmingham


This winter seems to have lasted forever! And sufferers of the winter blues all need comfort food.

We have loads of amazing restaurants in Birmingham at any time of the year. But there are also those particular venues where you can enjoy some true comfort classics – from hearty pies, good old fashioned fish and chips, a good curry and the best pizza outside Italy!

Time to wrap up warm and insulate yourself well with the best comfort grub in Brum.

The Indian Streatery

Meaty masala fries at Indian Streatery £6
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The Indian Steatery offers great Indian comfort food classics such as chole butura – chickpea curry with fried puffy bread and palak paneer. But we must also give special mention to their meaty masala fries. Fries smothered with minced lamb, red onions and yogurt minty sauce. Absolutely delicious. Veggie option masala fries are also available.

21A Bennetts Hill, B2 5QP

The pie tasting board, Old Joint Stock

The Pie and Ale Tasting Board at The Old Joint Stock
The Pie and Ale Tasting Board at The Old Joint Stock £16.95

What’s more comforting than a nice pie? Three nice pies!

The Old Joint Stock serves up a variety of pies served with mash, veg and rich gravy or traditional pie liquor for £13.75.

But for something truly comforting we recommend their ale and pie tasting board. Three mini pies with three award winning Fuller’s ales to sup.

Pies included are steak & London Pride ale pie, the creamy root vegetarian pie and five spiced duck and cranberry pie.

This Victorian pub will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time and back to hearty basics.

4 Temple Row West, B2 5NY


Margherita pizza at Gustami
Margherita pizza at Gustami £5
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This hidden gem of an Italian restaurant serves comfort food of the highest quality.

You can’t beat a good pizza and Gustami’s margherita really is a fantastic slice of comfort heaven. If you don’t fancy pizza then you really can’t get more comforting than diving into a bowl of pasta can you?

4 King Edwards Road, B1 2PZ


Cod fish finger sandwich with skin on fries at Bill's restaurant, The Bullring restaurant, Birmingham
Cod fish finger sandwich in a toasted bloomer with skin on fries at Bill’s restaurant £9.95
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This chain restaurant in the Bullring does an epic fish pie and many other hearty dishes including halloumi and hummus brioche bun, South Indian fish curry and macaroni cheese. There’s even a fish finger sandwich! If you’re hitting the shops in the Bullring then obviously you will need double the comfort.

Bullring Shopping Centre, Bullring, B5 4BE

Read our review here

Hotel du Vin

Boullabaisse hearty seafood stew at Hotel du Vin
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If you’re in the mood for some luxurious comfort food in cosy bistro surroundings then treat yourself to a French classic, washed down with a glass of red, naturellement.

Choose from Beef bourguignon, grilled Toulouse sausage with pommes frites and onion jus or how about a hearty bowl of boulabaisse – a traditional Provencal fish stew including red mullet, monkfish, seabass and prawns. Bon appetit Brum.

Waterside House, 46 Gas Street, B1 2JT

Meat Shack

A burger at The Meat Shack in Thorp Street
A burger at The Meat Shack in Thorp Street start from £7.50

You cannot beat a big fat juicy burger when it comes to comfort food and they don’t get much juicier than The Meat Shack burgers.

The Meat Shack had been smashing it at street food markets for five years before opening a permanent joint in Chinatown last year.

The Meat Shack burger method is to cook them so they retain moisture -hence the tag line ‘filthy dripping goodness’. We highly recommend the Mr C – aged beef patty, American cheese, iceberg lettuce, red onion, pickle, ketchup, shack sauce.

17 Thorp Street, B5 4AT

Zen Metro

Salmon noodles at Zen at Metro
Salmon noodles at Zen Metro £15.95
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This iconic Birmingham bar of the late nineties and early noughties is now a Thai restaurant serving warming Thai dishes such the classic Tom yum soup and Tom Kha Kai (coconut soup with chicken)….

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