“Playful modern cooking in a wilderness environment” - AA Inspector
BIRMINGHAM, WEST MIDLANDS
Tucked down an alleyway in the jewellery quarter, The Wilderness is an atmospheric venue with skylight panels and an open kitchen, decked with foliage to bring a sense of sylvan repose to city eating. Top-class British produce supplemented by foraged ingredients and seasonal goodies from their own allotment provide the building-blocks and underpinning them is a sharp grasp of flavour and sound technique that delivers playful, inspired modern cooking. A dramatic opener of venison tartare with beetroot purée, parsley shoots, sweet shallot and the pungency of wasabi emulsion paves the way for a sharply executed dish of tempura monkfish with a hint of garlic and chilli and a light and fresh accompaniment of sorrel, elderflower emulsion, gherkin and pickled pickled parsnip powder. Desserts experiment with multi-layered, often savoury flavours, as in the miso ice cream matched with sesame caramelised filo pastry, white wine-infused apple balls and richly buttery salted caramel.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 20
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday to Tuesday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2
- Dinner served from: 6
- Dinner served until: 8.30
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 6
- Cuisine style: British
- Vegetarian menu
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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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