Adam's

“Contemporary dishes full of surprise and innovation” - AA Inspector

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BIRMINGHAM, WEST MIDLANDS

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Not far from New Street Station and the city Museum and Art Gallery, Adam Stokes’ classy contemporary set-up looks the part, with its neutral hues of grey and mushroom and unclothed darkwood tables combining in an image of city-slicker coolness. And there’s no need to whisper, either – this is not one of those hushed temples to fine dining, but a buzzy, convivial space tended by a relaxed and knowledgeable team. Ably interpreted by head chef Keiron Stevens, Stokes’ mission has always been to “excite and enthuse guests with the accurate cooking of quality ingredients” and that’s just what he delivers, whether you opt for the three-course lunch and dinner format, or go for broke with the seven-course taster and wine flight. The cooking sits on a solid bedrock of finely honed, classic haute cuisine technique, then takes off into a realm of imagination that layers dishes with contrasts of flavour and texture that are never less than thrilling. Asian accents are never far off, perhaps prime Cornish mackerel ramped up with the umami depth of nori and dashi and the crisp crunch of radish, or lightly salted cod matched with lobster, Thai green curry, choi and the balancing citrus note of calamansi. You can expect foraged ingredients to pop up here and there, too, as when hen of the woods mushrooms are used in support of Label Anglais chicken presented in various forms, including stuffed wings with choy sum cabbage. Some ideas sound almost stubbornly classical, such as the perfectly timed aged beef sirloin that comes with asparagus, truffle and potato, although you can rest assured that the presentation will remain intelligent and innovative. Desserts rework intuitive combinations of flavour and remain in touch with the seasons to the very end, perhaps teaming wild strawberries with elderflower and pistachio, or raspberries with yoghurt, white chocolate and lemon verbena.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

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3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
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AA Notable Wine List
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AA Notable Wine List
Adam's
16 Waterloo Street, BIRMINGHAM, B2 5UG

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 34
  • Private dining available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Days Closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 3
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 32
  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover West Midlands

After Greater London, the West Midlands is the UK’s biggest county by population, and after London, Birmingham is the UK’s largest city. There’s a lot to seek out here – it has a vibrant culture, with exceptionally good nightlife. Coventry used to be more important than Birmingham, until the 18th century when the Industrial Revolution started and Brum forged ahead. 

Apart from Lady Godiva, Coventry is best known for its cathedrals. The medieval parish church became a cathedral in 1918, but the Blitz on Coventry in 1940 left only the spire and part of the walls. After the war, it was decided to build a new cathedral alongside linked to the ruins. 

Dudley was one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, and this history is reflected in its architecture and the Black Country Living Museum, a recreation of an industrial village, with shops and a pub, cottages and a chapel. Stourbridge is also worth a visit, mainly due to its involvement in glassmaking, which has been going on since the 17th century, and is still a part of the town’s culture; there’s a glass museum and a bi-annual glass festival.

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