Did you know that the Custard Factory was built by Sir Alfred Bird – the actual creator behind the delish dessert? With a quirky backstory, it comes as no surprise that the area has a cool vibe to match. Once you’re done snapping pics of the graffiti-covered walls and hitting all the independent shops, kick back and cure those hunger pangs with the best restaurants and bars in the Custard Factory. From fine dining in a luxe interior to an arcade bar with kooky cocktails, we’ve got your exclusive guide.
Hands down one of the best places to eat near Ghetto Golf in Birmingham, Birdies Bar is a fun outdoor cocktail cavern. Boasting tropical vibes, palm trees, and live music, the venue is great for date night so you can tropic like it’s hot. Whether you're out with friends or with your other half, you can sip on vibrant tiki tipples, alongside BBQ eats. Don’t be afraid to get a little messy with a burger doused in truffle mayo, cheesy bacon fries or curry chicken wings.
For luxury fine dining, we know just the spot when it comes to the Custard Factory restaurants. Founded by Great British Menu finalist Kray Treadwell, 670 Grams boasts an open kitchen and only 16 seats for guests – so be quick to book. Menu items vary and let me tell you, the plates are absolute stunners with an eclectic taste to match. Enjoy 10-course tasting menus with kimchi pork belly and scallops in a watermelon gin.
A café and event space, Fazeley Social might not strike you as your typical eatery, but it happens to be a great place to dine. Fronting delicious brunches and breakfasts until 4pm, the venue is perfect for a cuppa in the morning followed by sumptuous sandwiches – the falafel and roasted red pepper panini is a must-have. In the evening, you can head to tonnes of activities such as BBQ parties, speed dating and much more.
Game fanatics, rejoice. NQ64 is a quirky bar fronting a stellar selection of video games to have a crack at. From Mario Kart to Tekken and Crazy Taxi, the retro vibes are undeniable and make for a fun night out. Plus the cocktails are equally as enticing, making for one of the best experiences when it comes to the Custard Factory Birmingham bars. We recommend trying The Grape Soda, a hefty mix of raisin-infused golden rum, amaretto and blueberry grape fizz.
If you’re searching for hangover cures or daytime spots to snuggle up in, Kanteen has everything you need. With a focus on responsibly-sourced food, the restaurant has a mix of cuisine from Spanish tapas to delicious poke bowls and brunch classics. The venue also echoes a shabby chic vibe with its sleek tiled walls, orange cushioned seating and greenery dotted everywhere – a fab sanctuary for plant lovers.
One of the best places to eat in Digbeth, Baked In Brick has the most mouthwatering pizzas with terrific toppings – we mean goat's cheese, wild mushrooms and smoked salmon. While munching on your slices, pair with burrata salads and cheesy garlic bread. Located on Gibb Street, it’s a carb lover’s dream for those wanting a weekend feast and a touch of pinot grigio.
Want to dine, then recline? When you’re done hitting all the Custard Factory shops in Birmingham, head to the Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen for food, drinks and the most epic movie screenings. The entertainment spot slings out craft beer, fabulous cocktails, and delicious eats – think chilli cheese fries and buttermilk chicken bites. Once you're well-fed, head to its cosy theatre and catch the latest film.
One of the best Digbeth bars, Sobremesa offers plenty of classic tipples whether you’re in the mood for draught beer, cider or classic cocktail. With a namesake meaning ‘upon the table’, it’s no surprise that the staff are mega friendly and the drink deals are always generous – 4 shots for just a tenner? Sign us up. The ambience is also as inviting as it is quirky as it boasts neon signs and ceramic animals.