The Best Places to Eat and Drink in Harborne, Birmingham

Sunday dinner at The New Inn
Sunday dinner at The New Inn | © New Inn Harborne
Photo of Richard Franks
Freelance Travel & Music Writer17 July 2018

Though there are so many dining and drinking choices in Birmingham city centre, sometimes it can be good to retreat to the suburbs. Thankfully, Brum has plenty of trendy neighbourhoods, so here are the best places to eat and drink in Harborne!

The Plough

Pub, British, Pub Grub, $$$

Situated on Harborne High Street, The Plough is a big city pub with a classic country vibe. With a sunkissed beer garden (well, in the summer anyway), freshly made stonebaked pizzas, hearty breakfasts and quaint décor, The Plough is a wonderful gem in the community – with a solid number of local ales, we’ll add – on what is one of the city’s most popular high streets.

The Paper Duck

Bar, Contemporary, $$$
Beavertown beer |
Beavertown beer | © The Paper Duck

One of the newer kids on the block, The Paper Duck is a craft beer taproom and bottle bar in the convenient location of Harborne High Street. Firmly becoming one of the neighbourhood’s favourite bars, The Paper Duck boasts 18 taps of craft beer delightfulness and a fully stocked fridge with a number of bottles and cans available to take out or enjoy in the bar. This independent bar comes from the brains behind popular Digbeth taproom Clink, and they love nothing more than picking out unusual beers and supporting local breweries too.

The Junction

Pub, Pub Grub, Contemporary, $$$
The Junction, Harborne
The Junction, Harborne | © The Junction

Situated at the top of Harborne at the junction of High Street and Vivian Road is a beautiful Victorian pub with some of the best Sunday roasts in Birmingham. The Junction is one of Harborne’s stalwarts in the pub game, having been standing proudly at the cornerstone of the village since 1904, offering regularly rotated real ales, craft beers, fine wine, breakfast, brunch, hearty pub grub and, as previously mentioned, that all-important, banging Sunday roast. It’s really easy to lose track of time at this place, by the way.

Harborne Kitchen

Restaurant, British, $$$
Harborne Kitchen, Birmingham
Fine dining | © Harborne Kitchen

Offering fine dining at affordable prices, Harborne Kitchen is a laid-back neighbourhood restaurant with superb attention to detail. How do those two traits combine, you may ask? While the setting may be more relaxed than some of your fast-paced fine-dining restaurants, Harborne Kitchen offers as similar an experience as a Michelin-starred restaurant would for a price that doesn’t leave you raiding the piggy bank. HK is definitely worth the effort.

Sabai Sabai

Restaurant, Thai, $$$
Oriental dishes
Oriental dishes | © Sabai Sabai Thai Restaurant

This intimate, homely restaurant is the best place for Thai cuisine in Birmingham – hands down. Sabai Sabai, winners of Best Oriental Restaurant at the Midlands Food, Drink & Hospitality Awards in both 2016 and 2017, are a firm Harborne favourite, adding a new city centre branch to their Harborne and Moseley repertoire. Thai lovers will be in heaven at Sabai Sabai.

The New Inn

Pub, Pub Grub, British, $$$
Sunday roast burrito
Sunday roast burrito | © New Inn Harborne

Three words: Sunday roast burritos. Yep! Head down to this Harborne hidden gem for a real cosy affair at one of the village’s top pubs and beer gardens. Just a little way from the main stretch of boisterous bars and eateries is The New Inn, a rather more peaceful place for a pint and a bite to eat. Managing to keep its city vibe while having the qualities of a country pub, The New Inn is one of the city’s top boozers, and its beer garden is one of our favourite places to spend a sunny summer afternoon.

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