Adam's Restaurant, United Kingdom

After winning acclaim with his two year pop-up, Adam Stokes' new, permanent restaurant bolsters Birmingham's reputation as a fine-dining destination. The Michelin-starred dishes are full of flavour, presented in an imaginative way and make any occasion feel special.

 

Adam Stokes’ original venue in Bennetts Hill was always designed to be a neat stopover before the team moved the operation to a bigger permanent address in the same city. In January 2016, they made the move to New Oxford House, just round the corner in the centre of Birmingham.

Adam's is now a much larger venue across three floors, with the ground floor home to the thirty-six cover dining room. He and his wife Natasha (who works front of house) refurbished the building from scratch, which was an office for an insurance company beforehand. There's now a bar area for people to relax and have a drink, and the interior pays homage to the building's art deco roots. The restaurant's bespoke kitchen is made of black stainless steel and granite, offering Adam everything he needs to continue cooking his award-winning dishes.

As for the food itself, there are à la carte, weekday lunch and tasting menus available, and a separate dining room for up to sixteen guests makes it ideal for exclusive get-togethers. Dishes such as Halibut, sea vegetables, leeks and oregano may sound straightforward, but they arrive at the table immaculately presented, with neat touches that hint towards some elaborate cooking techniques.

Adam says this larger reincarnation of his original pop-up restaurant gives him the ability to pursue a second Michelin star, which would be a first for Birmingham, but he still wants to maintain the small, cosy vibe his old venue was so well known for.

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