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 fancy dining in a swish interior to an arcade bar with kooky cocktails, we’ve got your exclusive guide.
Game fanatics, rejoice. NQ64 is a cool 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. 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 mix of raisin-infused golden rum, amaretto and blueberry grape fizz.
Moments away from Ghetto Golf, 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 after a post-golf drink, sip on vibrant tiki tipples, alongside killer 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 showcases an open kitchen and only 16 seats for guests – so be quick to book. For an Insta moment, 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.
If you're after things to do in the Custard Factory, Chance & Counters is a quirky board game café and bar. From Uno and Scrabble to Clue and Battleship, this drinking den flaunts over 500 games to get stuck into as well as delicious coffee and yummy bites. We're talking the likes of garlic chicken burgers, dirty fries and masala fish tacos. Delish.
One of the best places to eat in Digbeth, Baked In Brick has the most mouthwatering pizzas with terrific toppings – think 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.
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. Serving lip-smacking brunches and breakfasts until 3pm, 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.
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 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.
If you’re searching for hangover cures or daytime haunts 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.
Located at the Custard Factory in Digbeth, 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 inviting yet quirky as it features neon signs and ceramic animals.